Lawson teamed up with Skretting, supplier of feed for farmed fish, to deliver Trace Engine, a system which provides the company with instant electronic access to accurate upstream and downstream records of all raw materials, production data and feed deliveries to customers within minutes, compared to before when it could take days.
Nina Flem, quality assurance manager at Skretting, says: “We are regularly audited by customers. Before Trace Engine we usually asked for at least two week’s notice because it took us many hours to find all the documentation asked for. But with this system, we can do all this virtually instantly, online.
“We can show all the routines, how all transactions are linked together, the control we have over incoming raw materials, how we verify certification documentation from suppliers, and a detailed view of production data.”
The system also helps the company keep an eye on its environmental impact. “Trace engine documents the sustainability of the raw materials we use such as fish meal and oil from regulated stocks, and soy from non-rainforest locations,” says Flem.
Skretting plans to have it implemented across all its operations by the end of this year.