Ausnutria Hyproca

A Recipes & Specifications Case Study
Business Critical Compliance with Multi-national Legislations

Based in Heerenveen, The Netherlands and with production facilities in Kampen, Leeuwarden and Ommen, Ausnutria Hyproca supplies the international market with a range of healthy and nutritional formula, under its own brand name, private label and
through contract manufacturing services for consumer and commercial markets alike.

With products based on cow and goat milk (and fresh goat milk products sold under its own brand name) and with over 100 years of experience in the dairy industry, Ausnutria Hyproca’s products are geared to the needs of growing children in various age categories (Infant formula, Follow-on formula, Growing-up formula) with services for the development and production of special formulas, geared to the nutritional requirements of the target group. The company’s dairy ingredients form the basis for a wide variety of products, and as The Netherlands’ largest butter producers Ausnutria Hyproca is the global market leader in development, production and marketing of products based on goat milk for the business-to-business market.

Benefits
  1. Hamilton Grant Recipe Management System widely regarded as the benchmark against which all other solutions were measured
  2. All production processes conducted according to critical control points closely linked to the Dutch and European foodstuffs legislation and Alimentarius Codex standards
  3. Solution addresses both recipe management and formula optimisation
  4. Recipe Management System drives recipe lifecycle from new product development through to end-of-life, managing recipes across production sites, improving efficiency and ensuing legislative compliance
  5. Formula Optimizer automates reformulation process and allowed the setting of nutrition limits, permitted ingredients, ingredient limits, ratios and tolerances
  6. Hamilton Grant solutions allowed increase of business through improvements to recipe development activities
  7. Regular updates ensure compliance with EU legislation, including 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers
Critical Control Points

High-quality is essential and in the children’s food industry of vital importance. Each step of the production processes is therefore aimed at guaranteeing this quality. Ausnutria Hyproca’s approach to quality management is consistent, systematic and thorough, aimed at continuous improvement. All production processes, raw materials and end products are extensively tested in terms of quality and food safety aspects and in order to provide clients the best possible food safety guarantee, all production processes are conducted according to critical control points (HACCP), closely linked to the Dutch and European foodstuffs legislation and the standards of the Codex Alimentarius.

“We develop and supply products to customers throughout the world, and therefore have to comply with legislation and mandates from numerous different countries – both for content and labelling and with clearly marked allergen information,” explained Johan de Boer, Product Developer and Administrator of the HG Recipe Management System at Ausnutria Hyproca. “Besides the constant focus on quality, our product development has to be based not only on legislation and regulations but also on market developments and the wishes and requirements of our clients. We apply the very latest insights and knowledge of research institutes and  universities for the development, production and packaging of products and have the know-how to adapt infant formula to the locally applicable legislation and regulations per country.”

Partnering with the Experts

In 2011, Ausnutria Hyproca decided to implement a recipe management process that could handle the company’s ongoing growth and its expansion into new markets, and which would streamline the processes to ensure that recipes complied with international legislations.

Historically, the company had relied upon Excel spreadsheets, particularly in Research and Development, to develop new recipes and refine existing recipes to meet a wide range of stringent and differing international legislations. “These procedures were open to error,” explained Johan de Boer. “With a number of people working on formulas at the same time, the system could introduce errors in manually entering and manipulating data.”

Formula Optimisation

Recognising that it needed a solution to address both recipe management and formula optimisation, the company evaluated offerings from a number of specialist suppliers before deciding to partner with Hamilton Grant. “We were particularly impressed with Hamilton Grant’s Formula Optimizer functionality as it was critical that our new and existing recipes complied with existing labels and  legislation,” continued Johan de Boer. “We cannot assume that our raw materials comply with multi international legislations and have to check compliance at every stage of the process. Formula Optimizer automated our reformulation process and allowed us to
set nutrition limits, permitted ingredients, ingredient limits, ratios and tolerances – features that meet our every requirement.”

Having decided to partner with Hamilton Grant, Ausnutria Hyproca implemented both Hamilton Grant’s Recipe Management System and Formula Optimizer module. Developed and enhanced over the years in line with evolving markets and requirements from its customer base, Hamilton Grant’s Recipe Management System drives the recipe lifecycle from new product development through to end-of-life, managing recipes across any number of production sites, improving efficiency and legislative compliance. This, combined with Formula Optimzer, which automatically creates recipes from desired nutritional profiles, selects ingredients, sets their amounts and minimizes the formulation’s cost, gave Ausnutria Hyproca the required assurances that each production batch met all relevant and necessary compliance regulations and legislation.

“Once implemented, the Hamilton Grant solutions allowed us to increase our business as we were enabled to make large improvements to our recipe development activities, a fundamental part of the new product development process” added Johan de Boer. “Customers were even able to send us specifications for new products, which we could develop and deliver, again in complete compliance with legislation.”

Proactive response to new EU legislation

Recently the European Commission introduced new legislation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. One change to existing legislation is the obligation to highlight allergens in the list of ingredients,” explained Johan de Boer. “We contacted Hamilton Grant to ask whether they would be developing their software to address this issue, and we were extremely impressed to hear that there was an update already available for us to download and implement.” With year-on-year growth and expansion into new markets, Ausnutria Hyproca’s partnership with Hamilton Grant continues. Plans for the future include integration with the company’s ERP systems and the implementation of Hamilton Grant’s Specification Management system which will give Ausnutria Hyproca the ability to design and adapt specification templates and other forms, creating a single, integrated, Technical Management System to act as the strategic interface between suppliers, customers, and industry standards associations around the world.

Johan de Boer,
Product Developer and Administrator of the HG Recipe Management System,
Ausnutria Hyproca

Once implemented, the Hamilton Grant solutions allowed us to increase our business as we were enabled to make large improvements to our recipe development activities, a fundamental part of the new product development process” added Johan de Boer. “Customers were even able to send us specifications for new products, which we could develop and deliver, again in complete compliance with legislation.