Imperial Frozen Foods was formed in 1957 as an extension of the Fruitcrest Preserve Company. Already a formidable buyer of numerous fruits, Imperial’s owners had the vision to expand its market and became a leading supplier of high quality frozen fruits to further processors. As the market changed, supply chain developed, consumer perceptions broadened and private brands gained in popularity, Imperial kept pace with the market.
Imperial is now a leading supplier of Grade A conventional and organic frozen fruits to the retail, club, and food service segments.
Imperial Frozen Foods was using five contracted facilities for the processing of their products. They were seeing lower yields and higher losses from their materials than they expected and wanted to build and maintain their own processing facility. They needed a materials management program that would allow their new facility to hit the ground running.
The materials management system for Imperial’s new facility needed to support future growth, automate inventory and materials control, provide lot tracing, and integrate with the adjacent public cold storage unit.
With experience managing their contracted facilities, Imperial was familiar with inventory best practices. It was time to find a cost effective solution to implement and enforce those best practices at their own facility.