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Optimize your Food & Agriculture Supply Chain

Increasingly demanding customers and suppliers, stronger traceability focus and new technologies are altering the way Food & Agriculture companies do business. Find out how you can lead this transformation.

Food & Agriculture
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Optimize Food & Agriculture processes with tailored solutions from NTT DATA Business Solutions

Today’s Food & Agriculture businesses face a host of new challenges. Customers want to know exactly what they consume: from which grower in which country is the product? Is it grown, harvested and processed in a safe and environmental-friendly way? And in a way that optimises the nutritional value? Suppliers want a flexible business partner, who can commit to a long term volume contract combined with short-term process cycles and who can help them leverage new technologies on smart farming and the Internet of Things. More stringent food safety regulations and fierce competition force Food & Agriculture companies to optimise their traceability and recipe management.

To overcome these challenges, Food & Agriculture companies need to bring all of their processes together in one platform – with tailored ERP solutions providing integrated planning and transparency across the supply chain.

Rest, transparency and regularity. That’s precisely what our business processes require. SAP S/4HANA offers predictability, allowing us to strengthen our supply chain. Thanks to NTT DATA Business Solutions we will reap the benefits of that.

Albert de Groot CEO, Vreugdenhil

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The 4 digital ingredients of a profitable food-supply chain

If you’re aiming for higher quality, a more sustainable production process, and safety and transparency in food production, you need software solutions that are developed with the Food & Agri industry in mind. Solutions that are able to support your entire supply chain from field to fork.

To get you ahead of the curve in your industry, our experts share their experiences and insights. Stories that come straight from the fields and the factories to your plate: these are the four ingredients you need to stay relevant in the Food & Agri industry:

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Food for thought

White Paper
Here’s how to beat the curve in the Food & Agri industry

If you work in the Food & Agriculture industry, there are quite a few challenges on your plate. From rising energy prices and scarcity of raw material. To the debate on nitrogen and the ESG reporting that will become mandatory from 2024. To help you stay ahead of the competition, we’ve put together this practical white paper in which our experts show how IT helps you to cope with the complexity of your industry. The bottom line? The future of Food & Agri is going to be greener, more profitable and, above all, different than you might think. Become inspired and get ready for the future of Food & Agri with our stories:

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White Paper
Take control of your Food & Agri supply chain - This e-book will get you in the driver’s seat

Rising energy prices, scarcity of raw material, global warming and drought, the debate on nitrogen, and the ESG reporting that will become mandatory from 2024. You can’t solve these challenges with IT alone. But technology can support you when you want to tackle today's problems in Food & Agri. In this e-book we show you how we can make each part of your supply chain more flexible and efficient with software. Get in the driver’s seat of your operations and download our e-book:

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NTT DATA Business Solutions has a lot of experience in the food and agriculture sector and knows the best practices in our industry. Thanks to NTT DATA Business Solutions, we now are able to better prepare ourselves to future developments, supported by a standard ERP solution that grows with our needs.

Wilfert van Veldhoven Manager Finance & Control, Sensus (Royal Cosun)

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Our Food & Agriculture Specialties

Dairy Sector

The growth of the healthy snacking culture and of online and mobile shopping are changing the way dairy food is being bought and consumed. Adapt to these trends through better use of technology and data to target customers with tailored offers. At the same time, ensure that supply and demand are in line through better inventory management. With our extensive knowledge of dairy industry processes, we can help you overcome these new challenges.

Dairy Sector

Bakery & Confectionery

Over the past few years, sales figures in the bakery & confectionery industry have nearly stagnated due to customers’ changing nutrition habits. However, to stay competitive it is more crucial than ever. As a basic requirement, you have to ensure that all processes – such as recipe management and quality control – run smoothly. Our experts support you with industry-specific SAP solutions so that you can concentrate on your core business: the production of culinary delights.

Bakery & Confectionery

Meat Industry

Food safety regulations are particularly stringent in the meat industry, and compliance is vital for avoiding costly penalties – or, even worse, closure of the company. Moreover, legal requirements are changing fast and it is not easy to keep track of them all. We will support you with our proven expertise and SAP solutions that are tailored to your unique requirements.

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The potato chain will look completely different in 20 years. Innovation is a must to meet the rapidly changing demands of consumers and the increase of stricter laws and regulations. Not to forget the increasing focus on sustainability and the environment. Technological innovations speed up all changes. NTT DATA Business Solutions can help you make the next step.



Digital transformation and changing consumer buying habits mean that analytics and big data are now requirements in the consumer durables industry. Companies must tackle the topics of cloud adoption, data security, and SAP HANA to stay competitive in the growing global market. Profit from our technological thought leadership and industry-specific knowledge to overcome any challenge you may face.


Are You Facing Similar Challenges in the Food & Agriculture Industry?

  • Are you struggling to meet traceability demands, both regulatory and from your customers and business partners, across the food chain?
  • Is your outdated IT infrastructure leading to inefficient business processes?
  • Are you struggling to get real-time insight into your process efficiency; to optimise your recipes, your co-products and by-products, your yield and your operating margins?
  • Is it increasingly difficult for you to match supply and demand?
  • Is your supply management influenced by fresh raw materials with seasonal harvest patterns, fluctuating quality characteristics and volatile prices?
  • Are your demand predictions being complicated by short cycle times and tight restrictions on a/o Country of Origin, Biologic, Halal?
  • Are you familiar with all the compliance issues and food safety risks caused by a growing global economy?
  • Are you struggling with emballage management?
  • Is a lack of system integration making it difficult to gain a clear and complete picture of your overall operations?
  • Is data transparency and data analytics increasingly important for your company?

If you are currently facing one or more of these challenges, we can help you rethink your processes.

Our Food & Agriculture Solutions

Fact Sheet
it.agriculture: How to gain quality, transparency, and sustainability from field to fork

In Food and Agri, there’s a great demand for higher quality crop and products, more sustainable production, safety, and transparency. And to gain just that, you need solutions that are specifically developed for your industry. Software that supports your process from field to fork. Here’s how our it.agriculture solution helps the first leg of that process - from farm to factory - in just five steps.

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Fact Sheet

Optimize your process results and comply with international laws and regulations with our specialized solution

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How to gain quality, transparency, and sustainability from field to fork
Watch on How to gain quality, transparency, and sustainability from field to fork

A safe and more efficient supply chain in Food & Agri; In this video, Martijn van Giessel explains how to achieve quality, transparency, and sustainability from field to fork with our 5 digital ingredients.

Industry-Specific Processes for Food & Agriculture

Sales and Operations Planning

Evaluate all options for improving the business. Explore product mix, customer mix, supply planning with ingredients and dry goods sourcing, supply chain costs, and optimization of cost options to maximize margins. Collaborate across all roles and functions to build the best plan.

Inventory and Supply Chain Management

Manage inventory in multiple, concurrent units of measure where needed, and allow seamless processing in all units (e.g. pricing at the in-process scale). Manage all inventory formats, including customer-owned, customer-pegged (promised), made-to-order (private label), quarantined, pre-approved by quality, etc.. Manage all traceability issues, lot track & trace, quality recall management, etc.

Product Lifecycle Management

Streamline PLM from product inception to disposal – and align the business’s product portfolio to its objectives. Transition from R&D to production in a well-planned, thoroughly coordinated manner.

Pricing, promotion and commissions

Manage complex customer pricing including deep top-to-bottom logic to accommodate complex contractual pricing component details. Assign prices based on individual product characteristics. Handle promotional pricing issues connected to the physical logistics planning cycles (inventory, transportation, etc.). Implement automated price optimization based on demand. Compensate broker/distributor channels accurately, with links to the end customer where needed.

Multichannel Sales

One system to handle: direct, indirect via brokers/distributors, B2B and B2C e-commerce and online stores.

Analytics & Yield Management

Align analytics with strategic needs throughout your business process. Manage yield throughout the buying, production, storage, and logistics execution processes – focus this effort on critical control points rather than inefficient all-encompassing scope. Increase visibility to key performance areas for business leadership, real-time, in-process (no closes needed). Streamline end-of-month and end-of-year processes for fast, accurate completion. Leverage imbedded analytics for real-time feedback on critical issues, such as yield.

It's Often the Little Things That Make the Difference

Martijn van Giessel

We understand the subtle differences among the food & agriculture industry’s specialties. As such, we have developed a multitude of industry-specific products to provide our customers with tailored SAP solutions – whether on-premise, cloud, or hybrid.

Martijn van Giessel Consultant Food & Agriculture

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Experience meets Innovation in Food & Agriculture

As a trusted long-standing partner of SAP, NTT DATA Business Solutions is part of the development process for industry-specific solutions from the outset. Combined with over 25 years’ experience in SAP implementations across multiple industry segments, this gives us unparalleled knowledge of the consumer products industry. It also puts us at the forefront of innovation in the sector, meaning that as we grow, you grow.

What’s more, thanks to our global presence, you can benefit from our best-in-class B2B and B2C solutions and round-the-clock consulting, wherever you are.

What our Experts Say about Food & Agriculture Topics

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