Formula Management

Digital Formula Management
To Keep Pace With Demand

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Teams Struggle to Create, Manage, and Modify Formulas and Recipes

Food, beverage, and dietary supplements companies have unique challenges:

  • With increasing consumer-driven product criteria and compliance thresholds to manage, product innovation is more complicated.
  • The information required to create and manage formulas and recipes sits in silos, spanning ERP and PLM systems, and static tools like shared drives and spreadsheets, with as much as 75% of it living with suppliers.
  • Hard copy lab notebooks used in the bench process are in files, and teams can't see all recipe variations and comparison data at once to quickly gain insight and drive better decisions.
  • PLM software can be rigid and requires manual formula and recipe iteration, slowing down the process for teams to meet the desired product criteria for allergens, nutrition, price, and claims.
  • Companies use online research, emails, and phone calls to find raw materials and ingredients, and suppliers have backlogs and are slow to respond, further delaying the product development process.

Networked Formula Management Can Fix It

TraceGains Formula Management allows teams to create and manage formulas and recipes while collaborating across departments and with suppliers or co-manufacturers. Network connectivity gives teams instant access to millions of supplier-provided documents and information. Save time and money with rapid digital prototyping using real ingredient and supplier data to achieve ideal product criteria faster.

Reduce the effort to create new or enhance existing formulas with all changes tracked and instantly available to everyone on the team, as soon as a new version is made, or whenever a formula is modified. A centralized location provides a unified view of all current, variant, and past product formula and recipe information, documentation, and processes across your business and throughout your supply chainno matter how dispersed or complex.

Companies that manage master formula and recipe data in an existing ERP or PLM system can pass information back and forth from TraceGains for complete supply chain visibility. While other companies may choose to manage product development with TraceGains without the cost and complexity of a full-blown PLM system.

 

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FORMULA
MANAGEMENT

Create, modify, review, edit, and update formulas and recipes, while collaborating with suppliers and co-mans across a networked platform

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SIMPLIFIED
RESEARCH

Achieve more informed, cost-effective ingredient and material research choices, and significantly reduce product development timelines

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DIGITAL
VARIATIONS

Digitally model ingredient and raw material variations to meet cost, nutrition, allergen, and claims targets before physical trial testing

 

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FASTER TIME
TO MARKET

Accelerate formula and recipe development with faster ingredient research and collaborative formula development

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UNIFIED
PRODUCT VIEW

Gain a unified view of products, data, and processes across the business and throughout the supply chain, no matter how complex or dispersed

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SINGLE
REPOSITORY

A single repository centralizes and organizes all past and present recipes and formulas with comprehensive roll-back capabilities

Key Features

INGREDIENT
MASS UPDATES

Identify formulas containing a specific ingredient or raw material and run simulations to remove or replace that item across all recipes with a single mass-update action

RAPID RECIPE
ITERATION

Quickly create unlimited recipe variants with an instant view of the viability of formulas, and side-by-side on-screen comparisons with the ability to export and print

CONFIGURABLE
REPORTS

View formula cost estimates, allergens, thresholds (like Prop 65 amounts), nutrition profiles, and ingredient declarations (like country of origin, organic, non-GMO, and kosher)

DIGITAL
AUDIT TRAIL

Automate version control with roll-back capabilities to instantly find current and past product details with all documentation, formula variants, and information exchange digitally tracked for a complete audit trail

INTERMEDIATE
FORMULAS

Develop standards for intermediate baseline formulas as interchangeable components within other formulas to quickly update multiple finished goods formulas and report changes throughout the ingredient hierarchy

CHANGE
MANAGEMENT

Obtain a complete line of site into the upstream and downstream impact of changes with notifications to  stakeholders when formulas or recipes change, and supplier or co-man acknowledgment required

ALLERGEN
MANAGEMENT

Manage allergen declaration attributes for approved ingredients and compare the impact of ingredient replacements on recipes, examining the change in values across multiple formulas

FORMULA
TRACEABILITY

Expand visibility into formula and recipe variants by tracing component ingredients, raw materials, and product information throughout the supply chain to their source

LABELS AND
CLAIMS

Research regulatory information like allergens, thresholds, international jurisdiction limitations, safety alerts, associated science citations for health claims, and more.

Keeping up with shifting demands requires efficiency and speed at every stage of formula creation and management.

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“TraceGains unifies our new product development process across multiple departments. With a single location where teams can create and manage formulations and specs, we now have the visibility into the lifecycle of our products that we need to accelerate innovation and maintain our commitment to quality.”
 – Tom Dubinski, VP Quality Systems, ANS

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