Peter Koopmans, CEO of Milcobel

Milcobel partners up with delaware to smoothen dairy commercialisation

May 30, 2018
  • press release

Milcobel, the largest Belgian dairy group is teaming up with delaware to redesign their application landscape. Today the company which collects milk from 2800 dairy farms and has a turn-over of more than 1 billion euro is using a broad set of applications and systems to perform its core business processes. In the coming 3 years the three different business units will convert to the new SAP S/4HANA system offering numerous advantages such as better traceability and user-friendliness.

Milcobel’s mission is to guarantee sustainable business for all of its affiliated dairy farmer-members by processing their milk and commercialising all its derivates to the market.

Optimizing decision making

The new system will allow Milcobel to integrate all of its current information silo’s within the company. Furthermore, it will also facilitate ease-of-integration or interaction with external partners. Information flows will be streamlined and transparent to all stakeholders leading to optimized decision making in many areas: faster and more reliable delivery commitments to customers, improved scheduling of production activities, better traceability throughout the supply chain, avoidance of stock-outs of packaging materials, quicker and more reliable insights in operational and financial performance.

One system with standard functionalities

The company is currently using a broad range of applications and systems which leads to high fragmentation and a high degree of customisation and manual intervention. With the new SAP suite they will be able to focus more on their business and core activities rather than dealing with IT-related issues.

“We selected delaware as preferred implementation partner because of their proven track record in the food industry and pragmatic approach using delaware’s FAST-FOOD solution” according to Peter Koopmans, CEO of Milcobel. “We are convinced that the new SAP S/4HANA suite will provides us with a more robust and user-friendly system for all our locations.”

Jan Delaere, partner of delaware, adds: “We are delighted to partner with Milcobel to streamline their IT applications. Adding Micobel’s clear roadmap and strong passion for innovation to SAP’s state-of-the-art technology and our own industry expertise guarantees a great start of our journey together.”

delaware's ERP template for food businesses

Especially for the food industry, we have developed FAST-FOOD, a custom ERP template based on the latest SAP S/4HANA technology that contains best practices we have acquired over 18 years of food industry experience. This powerful template enables:

  • Comprehensive specification management
  • Smart contracting
  • Production optimization
  • More efficient warehousing and transport operations
  • Improved customer fulfilment
  • Enhanced cost prediction and margin attainment

The implementation at Milcobel will run over the next three years switching over 1 business unit each year and in the end impacting about 600 users. A large and exciting project according to our project manager but one that will set Milcobel on a pathway forward to growth and digital transformation.