GoldRiver Orchards and its sister company, Barton Ranch, have been growing walnuts in California since 1912. In 2003, GoldRiver Orchards was founded to vertically integrate the farming business to processing and marketing. In June 2013, GoldRiver moved into their HACCP-certified, 104,000 square foot facility in Escalon, California designed for maximum efficiency and quality.
The GoldRiver Orchards brand is sold in more than 25 international markets on six continents. GoldRiver sells shelled and inshell walnuts with premium quality. In 2016, GoldRiver received its seventh consecutive Pinnacle Award from the American Council for Food Safety and Quality.
GoldRiver Orchards processes a substantial flow of walnuts requiring detailed visibility through various stages of sorting and grading. Managing sales, which are mostly make-to-order, requires knowledge of what the company has in raw materials, works-inprocess, and finished goods at any given time. GoldRiver’s manual data collection and record keeping procedure was not only inefficient and unreliable, it did not provide the real-time visibility they needed.
One of the biggest pain points for GoldRiver’s operation was the lack of reliable and automated reporting. The inventory moves so quickly from the yard into various production steps that as soon as a report was generated, it was out of date. Often times, these reports would be generated four to five times per day. In addition to the labor costs necessary to manually count, update the Excel spreadsheet, and then publish to managers, the whole process was time consuming and prone to errors.
Additionally, yield forecasts are a huge factor in the success of their business. Manually created reports with potentially inaccurate data were not acceptable. It was time to automate.