Temptee Specialty Foods started in 1962 as a small supplier of roast beef to mom and pop grocery stores and local diners in the Denver region. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s their product focus shifted to meet customer demands, first to deli products and then to products with more menu flexibility and a reliable convenience standard. This expanded their market more effectively into the food service division. With the rise of fast casual restaurants in the 90’s, more customers were demanding fresh not frozen products. Temptee was able to accommodate the new trend to become the protein supplier for the widely known Chipotle Mexican food restaurants, followed by Noodles and Company and Q’doba.
By the 2000’s, Temptee acquired Old Timer Brand of premium sausages and developed a partnership with Evol Foods/Boulder Brands (Pinnacle Foods) which increased production and sales. In 2016, Temptee grew again by completing the acquisition of Johnson’s Chili Brand.
Temptee’s manual systems strained under the pressure of higher volumes and a faster paced operation. The team knew automation would be key to supporting them as they grew in the future. They initiated their project with ParityFactory to achieve greater accuracy and efficiency in inventory management and to improve their lot tracing capabilities.
Keeping everyone in the company on the same page, with access to real-time data cross-departmentally, was also very important. With the company growth, production planning became more difficult without the access of real-time inventory.
Labor savings was another key consideration for Temptee. Random weight cases were being recorded manually on clipboards, making the counts susceptible to human error. Without automation of capturing the data from case labels, lot tracing proved extremely difficult and time consuming on both the shop floor and in the office.