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Best Planning Practices for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Planning for Food & Beverage manufacturers is far from simple. Teams are required to collaborate efficiently and plan effectively in order to grow their businesses profitably. Everyday, teams deal with challenges such as:

  • Waste due to expiration and spoilage
  • Customer service issues
  • Uncertainty around major events
  • Inventory shortages and surpluses
  • Networks of DCs, warehouses, plants, co-packers, and vendors
  • Shifting production schedules
  • Lost revenue and lower margins dues to unbalanced plans

In this recording, leaders from all backgrounds in the Food & Beverage industry discuss best practices on how to optimize supply chain and manufacturing operations, minimize waste, improve customer service, and maximize bottom-line profitability.

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"Vanguard Software was able to improve our forecast accuracy by over 50%!"

VP of Supply Chain, Global Pharmaceutical Company

Meet the Panelists

Ruben Ybarra, Director of Procurement at Country Malt Group

Ruben Ybarra

Director of Procurement
at Country Malt Group

Jeremy Basckin at Neways

Jeremy Basckin

Managing Director, Business Operations & Supply Chain Transformation Leader at Neways Ltd.

Jessie Luchsinger, Vanguard Software

Jessie Luchsinger

Sr. Supply Chain Business Analyst
at Vanguard Software

Brian Lewis, Vanguard Software

Brian Lewis

Executive Vice President
at Vanguard Software

Ruben is a visionary leader with over 18 years of experience in Integrated Supply Chain Planning and Continuous Improvement across different industries, from manufacturing to finance. His expertise is in helping organizations increase their value proposition and profitability by providing strategic vision, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, while developing the full potential in others. He is a firm advocate for a Collaborative and Integrated Business Planning approach that brings clarity and alignment across all levels of an organization.

Jeremy has over 30 years of end-to-end experience in supply chain, planning and managing S&OP for multi-national Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods and Pharma companies across the globe. He has held senior leadership positions at Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Unilever, and delivered business improvement and transformation projects across Africa, Europe, and the Americas. After establishing best practices in manufacturing, planning, and S&OP, Jeremy founded Neways Ltd. to provide end-to-end planning solutions across business operations and supply chain services to companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Jessie is integral to the implementation of large Food & Beverage client projects at Vanguard Software. She has over 12 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry and over 20 years of experience in Demand, Supply, and Production Planning, S&OP, Lean, Six Sigma, and software implementation. Prior to joining Vanguard as a Senior Business Analyst and Supply Chain Subject Matter Expert, Jessie held influential Supply Chain roles at JM Swank, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, and Constellation Brands.

Brian has over 15 years of experience in predictive planning, advanced analytics, and supply chain optimization. As EVP, Brian is an executive bridge between Sales, Services, and Product Management. He has worked in a number of roles at Vanguard since 2005, including Supply Chain Lead, Presales Team Leader, and Head of Supply Chain Solutions. Brian plays a vital role in ensuring the success of client projects by pinpointing key business challenges and creating solutions that surpass expected outcomes. He has worked on a number of client projects including Good Foods, Concord Foods, Rembrandt Foods, and more.

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