Brookshire Grocery Co. has deployed new recipe management software to manage and standardize the recipes of its Fresh concept stores, which focus on natural, organic and fresh prepared food items, and which has already exceeded expected ROI by 30 percent.
The grocer is using NutriGen, from Applied Data Corporation (ADC), a provider of fresh item management (FIM), recipe management and scales management software to the grocery retail and food service industries.
“The FRESH concept emphasizes the fresh side of the business, but with over 2,500 recipes planned to open the doors, we realized that we needed a centralized software solution to standardize our recipe database,” said John D’Anna, SVP and CIO at Brookshire Grocery Co. “Once we implemented NutriGen in our Brookshire’s stores, we were given great visibility to our actual recipe cost, which enabled us to quickly address any margin concerns. This project has exceeded our estimated ROI by over 30 percent.”
NutriGen derives the true cost of prepared foods, including packaging and labor costs, and also manages all of the nutritional facts of the recipe’s ingredients and generates saleable item nutritional, allergen and ingredient information for labeling.
“NutriGen allows Brookshire’s to standardize their large recipe database and helps ensure consistent, high-quality yet profitable prepared foods by rendering interactive, electronic recipes in their stores,” stated Steve Loveridge, ADC’s CEO. “Additionally, NutriGen allows Brookshire’s to centrally change recipes in the event of a recall or ingredient substitution and quickly disseminate revised food-safety information to their store labeling scales and printers.”
NutriGen is one of three software systems that comprise InterStore.Net, ADC’s integrated fresh item management software suite. The other two systems are: InterScale Scales Manager, which hosts data to and from barcode labeling scales in the fresh food departments, and the P-Cubed Production Manager, which automates, manages and tracks production in the fresh departments of grocery stores.
Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. operates more than 150 stores operating in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas under four distinct banners: Brookshire’s Food Stores, Super 1 Food Stores, Olé Foods and FRESH by Brookshires.