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Kestrel Foods

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Distribution and Manufacturing

Staying ahead in the food industry requires strict awareness of stock to ensure products are available for despatch when required. Rapid turnaround and effective distribution management are a must and, seeing the flexibility and reliability of our comprehensive business software, Kestrel Foods chose us in order to achieve success in the food market.
Kestrel Foods have experienced the advantages of stock tracking, providing them with a crucial understanding of their stock position and commitments, significantly improving their picking and distribution efficiencies, ensuring the customer gets the right product at the right time.


Kestrel Foods are based in Northern Ireland and have a significant volume of overseas sales, mainly with the UK. The flexible Accounting module facilitates buying and selling internationally with its multiple currencies consolidation - making trading in Sterling, Euros and other currencies a more simple process.

The level of financial reporting available within De Facto both as standard and within configurable Financial Statements clearly benefits Kestrel Foods when running their business on an international level, from both a Purchasing and Sales perspective.


As a supplier to many large supermarkets, high visibility in production planning is crucial to Kestrel’s success in this competitive market. The system’s powerful features allows Kestrel to plan their production weeks in advance and, through increased product visibility, accurate delivery estimates are ensured as a result.  
Product tracking handles batch control with ease, meaning the company can critically identify specific ingredients within any final product in the case of product recalls, which can often occur when supplying to supermarkets.  
Before the implementation of De Facto ERP’s production module, Kestrel Foods had no true costs of their finished products. With production a major activity, identifying each and every process involved in this phase is essential to determine the true cost of final products. The system crucially handles the costing of each process within production and, as a result, Kestrel have been able to achieve accurate cost control, enabling them to see true margins.
Labour Booking has provided Kestrel a flexible standard facility to book labour to works orders, identifying labour costs, factory cleaning and maintenance, product checking, bagging up and any other labour processes involved in production. Kestrel can apply operations inputs into their Bill of Materials, which can then have labour booked against them during works order processing.

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