Meet our food and beverage expert


Don Mackenzie brings extensive industry and software expertise to his leadership role at CAT, with a focus on the food and beverage sector. His early years encompassed various accounting and costing positions, which sparked a deep interest in the manufacturing and logistics aspects of the business.

Throughout his career, Don has taken on diverse responsibilities such as management reporting, costing, cash management, and sales and operations planning. Over time, his passion shifted towards the software realm, where he has excelled as an implementation consultant, project manager, presales consultant/solution advisor, presales leader, industry solution architect, and industry solution principal.

Don has been involved in numerous significant enterprise software solutions, including a notable 16-year tenure with JD Edwards. With 14 years of experience working with SAP and SAP partners, Don has developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry, enabling him to deliver exceptional value to clients in the food and beverage sector.

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CAT is focused on JD Edwards Solutions for the Food and Beverage Industry

Welcome to our webpage dedicated to showcasing how JD Edwards, a leading ERP  solution, revolutionizes the food and beverage industry. On this page we will delve into the key features and benefits of JD Edwards, highlighting how it enables businesses in this highly competitive sector to streamline their operations, enhance productivity, and achieve sustainable growth.

JD Edwards Food and Beverage SAP ERP canned food conveyor distribution warehouse

Key challenges for the food and beverage industry

Some key challenges for the food and beverage industry when it comes to their ERP systems include:

  1. Optimizing Production: Food and beverage manufacturers face challenges in streamlining production processes and ensuring efficiency throughout their operations.

  2. Supply Chain Management: Fluctuating demand and unpredictable disruptions in the supply chain can be difficult to manage, requiring real-time visibility and effective inventory control.

  3. End-to-End Traceability: Ensuring compliance with food safety regulations and maintaining brand reputation requires comprehensive lot and serial tracking capabilities, which may not be present in legacy ERP systems.

  4. Adapting to Changing Regulations: Food and beverage companies must keep up with constantly evolving industry regulations, and their ERP systems must be flexible enough to accommodate these changes.

  5. Integration with Other Systems: Many food and beverage companies struggle with integrating their ERP systems with other business applications, leading to inefficiencies and difficulties in data sharing.

JD Edwards Food and Beverage SAP ERP brewery beer drink factory

Streamlined Supply Chain Management

Managing a complex supply chain is a significant challenge in the food and beverage industry. JD Edwards offers comprehensive supply chain management capabilities that empower companies to optimize their processes. From tracking inventory and monitoring production to managing procurement and streamlining logistics, JD Edwards provides real-time data and analytics, enabling informed decision-making and ensuring timely delivery while maintaining compliance with industry regulations.

Enhanced Quality Control and Compliance

Maintaining high-quality standards and complying with regulations is of utmost importance in the food and beverage industry. JD Edwards incorporates robust quality management features that allow companies to monitor and control product quality throughout the production process. Automating quality checks, tracking inspections, managing certifications, and implementing corrective actions are made efficient and effective. By ensuring compliance and consistently delivering products of exceptional quality, businesses can build trust with customers and mitigate risks associated with recalls or safety issues.

Optimized Production Planning and Scheduling

Effective production planning and scheduling are vital for minimizing waste, optimizing resource allocation, and meeting customer demands. JD Edwards offers advanced planning features that facilitate efficient production processes. By creating realistic production plans based on accurate demand forecasting, optimizing machine and labor utilization, and scheduling tasks effectively, companies can achieve seamless operations. Real-time visibility into production operations allows for timely adjustments, minimizes downtime, and ensures on-time delivery, resulting in improved customer satisfaction.

Insightful Analytics and Reporting

Data-driven decision-making is crucial in today's business landscape. JD Edwards provides powerful analytics and reporting capabilities to help companies gain valuable insights into their operations. Customized reports, analysis of key performance indicators (KPIs), and real-time dashboards enable businesses to monitor performance, identify trends, and implement strategies for continuous improvement. By leveraging these insights, organizations can optimize processes, reduce costs, and drive overall growth in a highly competitive industry.


As a recognized industry leader, C&A Technology (CAT), has an experienced consulting team with extensive industry experience in the Food and Beverage vertical.

JD Edwards stands as a game-changing solution for the food and beverage industry, empowering businesses to streamline operations, enhance productivity, and achieve sustainable growth. With its comprehensive supply chain management, enhanced quality control and compliance features, effective recipe and formula management capabilities, optimized production planning and scheduling, and insightful analytics and reporting, JD Edwards provides the tools needed to thrive in the dynamic food and beverage market. Embrace the power of JD Edwards and unlock your business's true potential in this highly competitive industry.


  • Gain increased visibility into process and improve productivity
  • Fully integrated into “back end” applications
  • Improved efficiencies throughout the business
  • Quick access to data
  • Ability to track operational costs for each harvest cycle
  • Oversee the entire crop-to-product and block-to-bottle process cycles
  • Ability to manage contracts requiring complex pricing structures
  • Define, develop and manage blend activities
  • Improved management of vessels and blend lot attributes
  • Visibility into historic lots from completed operations
  • Manage and create settlements reconciling schedules, payments, penalties, bonuses and vouchers

CAT’s mission is to work with our  JD Edwards customers from an industry perspective aligning their business systems with their business strategies enabled by technology.

For years, companies across the globe have depended on CAT’s consulting services for many types of industries, including the Food and Beverage industry. We take pride in offering our customers consultants that have a broad range of experience averaging over 15 years per consultant.

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