Harmony Beef – “No other system can meet our needs the way Integreater can.”

Harmony Beef is a family owned beef business is based in Alberta, Canada. Its state of the art 75,000²ft factory has recently undergone a $20 million facelift, which will allow the Harmony to process up to 800 bovines each day, once the site is operating at full capacity.  When the company explored the market to find a solution to manage its entire production process – from abattoir to retail pack – Systems Integration soon became the obvious choice.

President and CEO Rich Vesta explained the problem, “In the past we haven’t been able to find an ‘off the shelf’ system that would work for a beef processing business, so have had to develop various solutions ourselves.” Chris Vesta oversees IT and Operations at Harmony Beef continued, “Most ERP solutions try to get your business to fit their system, whereas Integreater® has been specifically designed for a beef processing plant. We aren’t aware of anything else on the market that can meet our needs the way this unique software can.”

Systems Integration’s market knowledge is “extraordinary”

The knowledge of the team at Systems Integration proved key to the decision. “The people at Systems Integration understand the beef carcass and have actually cut meat. They know what the process is about and that was very important to us when selecting a supplier.” Rich Vesta explained. “I’ve owned and managed businesses in the meat sector for over 40 years; during this time I’ve struggled to find a software supplier with this level of industry knowledge. We soon became very confident that Systens Integration would deliver what we needed. We have a very good relationship with their team, whose knowledge of the system is extraordinary.”

 “The Systems Integration team understands the beef carcass …
They know what the process is about and that was very important to us when selecting a supplier.”
Rich Vesta, President and CEO, Harmony Beef.

Jeremy Vesta, who is responsible for the finances at Harmony Beef, continued, “I wasn’t expecting Integreater® to be able to do nearly as much as it’s capable of. We’ve never before experienced a system that can manage cattle costing, scheduling and inventory control and are excited about the benefits this will present. Demonstrating complete traceability will also be beneficial in enabling us to meet Canadian regulations, as well as for export reasons.”

“I wasn’t expecting Integreater® to be able to do nearly as much as it can.
We’ve never before experienced a system that can manage cattle costing, scheduling and inventory control.”
Jeremy Vesta, Harmony Beef

Harmony Beef is the largest EU approved bovine processing facility in Canada. “there’s no other plant in North America like it” said Rich Vesta. “We are very excited about the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe. We are seeing a real pent-up demand for our product in the European market and Integreater® will enable us to demonstrate that it meets all the requirements of this sector.”

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