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Fruit and vegetable supplier Nature’s Pride chooses Cegeka

Implementation based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations

IT service provider Cegeka is implementing a new ERP system based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations for fruit and vegetable supplier Nature’s Pride. The new ERP system will support Nature’s Pride’s growth ambitions in the coming years. Cegeka is providing a comprehensive implementation that will include the purchasing, sales, production, warehousing and finance departments. Implementation started in December 2018 and is expected to be completed by Q2 2020.

Part of the Norwegian purchasing group Bama Gruppen, Nature’s Pride distributes 230 types of fruit and vegetables from 59 countries, ranging from ready-to-eat and exotic foods to delicious berries and off-season products. The Maasdijk-based company is expected to realize a turnover of more than €500 million in 2019 and wants to achieve further growth in the coming years.

Anton van den Bogaart, IT Director at Nature’s Pride: “The ERP project offers Nature's Pride the opportunity to shape its future ambitions by using the Cegeka best practice setup in combination with the innovative Microsoft Dynamics platform. The project structure ensures optimal interaction with the business side, supported by the agile/scrum approach and the use of business stream leads. We were looking for an implementation that would integrate well with our project approach, which requires a certain amount of flexibility. Cegeka seemed like a great fit for Nature’s Pride.”

Nature’s Pride first selected the ERP solution. Then they chose Cegeka, thanks to the company’s in-depth experience with IT systems for the fresh produce market. Cegeka defined best practices for the potato, fruit and vegetable (AGF) industry, so it doesn’t have to start from scratch for Nature’s Pride’s ERP system. Cegeka will also deliver a few custom components, for example for consignment management (‘batch evaluation’), which is a very important task in the fresh produce market.

Reinout de Ruiter, Sales Manager for Microsoft Dynamics 365 at Cegeka: “Cegeka’s strategic focus on the AGF market and Nature’s Pride’s growth ambitions are a solid combination. This implementation will form the basis of many years of successful cooperation, as every day we notice more similarities in our approaches. A close-knit project team of employees from both Nature’s Pride and Cegeka are working shoulder to shoulder on this extensive and far-reaching implementation.”

 

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