Integrated formulation software

A standalone application has enabled the renowned baby food producer, HiPP, to achieve more efficiency in the development of formulations.

Starting point

HiPP is known for its healthy and tasty food for babies and the whole family. The current selection includes a wide range of diverse products for babies and adults. Almost on a daily basis, new product ideas crop up either from the market and dedicated mothers or as a result of adjustments to existing recipes. Many different components are used in the production of juices or food. HiPP develops the formulations based on nutritional science and takes into account country-specific specialties in order to optimize the taste for its customers. In addition, the law provides clear requirements for nutritional information, declaration, and much more. The Food Act, dietary regulations, EU Directive, food labeling regulations are just but a few of the relevant legal regulations that must be adhered to. Due to an ever increasing complexity, the old formulation software was no longer satisfactory. Therefore, it became necessary to look into new ways of solving tasks more efficiently.

 

Task and objective

The IT Project Manager of HiPP, Werner Müller, described the task to Clientis concisely. Replacement of the old application and integration of the solution into the existing SAP system. The integration was meant to make the application faster and more convenient. After the first analysis, Clientis created a rough concept that set out the requirements and defined the budget.

 


Implementation

A project team was formed. There were four departments from HiPP that were involved, and Clientis delegated two specialists. One thing that was particularly advantageous was that the entire development was carried out on-site by a Clientis employee. This meant that requirements could be discussed directly and there were numerous additional functions that made the application much more convenient than previously expected. A lot of time was spent on the thorough analysis of the requirements since the topic of formulations in the food industry is extremely complex. EH&S was finally chosen as a basis for the development. In the end, the project was successfully implemented with the planned expenses. Due to the comprehensive pretests, the application runs without errors and receives a great deal of acceptance from employees due to its successful go-live.

Benefits

HiPP manufactured its first baby food as early as 1899: milk that was enriched with biscuit powder by the imaginative confectioner, Josef Hipp, in order to make it more satisfying. The success of the children’s biscuit flour spread, and the small confectionery turned into a small manufacturer. One of the sons, Georg Hipp, founded his own company in Pfaffenhoffen in 1932 and took up the industrial production of the mashed food in the mid-20th century. The range of HiPP products kept on becoming wider, from juices and children’s food to meat preparations, from children’s desserts to whole grain-fruit baby food that was sold throughout Europe in classic food retailers, drug stores, and pharmacies. One is particularly proud of the achievements as a pioneer in organic farming. As early as 1967, Hipp had begun building a network of organic contract farmers. Today, the food manufacturer is the largest processor of organic-biological raw materials and has a very large number of organic farmers as suppliers. True to the company philosophy to produce top quality, there is a tight control system. The contents of each glass must undergo various checks in order to always guarantee the same quality level.

"The key success factors for the project were the active, intensive participation of the departments, the strong analytical approach, the technical know-how, and the on-site development."
Lorenz Müller Head of IT, Hipp

HiPP

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