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February 9, 2009

Lawson M3 Trace Engine

Talk about a product that’s right on time and right on trend. Enterprise software supplier Lawson Software, Minneapolis, offers the Lawson M3 Trace Engine 3.0, a stand-alone, web-based traceability system to help food and beverage companies better track ingredients and finished products through complex, global supply chains.

“Managing risk in today’s high-stakes food safety environment requires more than just an ability to track and trace ingredients worldwide,” says Vicki Griffith, marketing director, Food & Beverage, Lawson Software. “Our trace solution helps food and beverage companies gain a competitive advantage by delivering greater visibility into business processes so they can resolve quality issues before products reach consumers. Lawson is offering a traceability solution designed to meet the needs of a broad range of food and beverage companies worldwide.”

The Lawson M3 Trace Engine operates with Lawson’s M3 Enterprise Management System as well as many other non-Lawson enterprise resource planning, farming or food lab systems. It helps food and beverage companies manage risks and protect brands by allowing them to share trace data - such as product origin, transport data and other attributes - online with retailers and regulators.

Says Griffith, “This type of information not only helps build stakeholders’ confidence in a brand, but also helps companies validate their corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives in areas such as product safety, sustainable development and animal welfare.”

In addition to automating both internal and global track-and-trace processes, the new Lawson Trace Engine helps quality and food safety managers improve business processes. For example, the application enables users to visualize internal processes in real time, identify potential ingredient issues and respond to events or problems before a product leaves the production facility.

Lawson Trace Engine also helps simplify compliance with current U.S. and European Union food safety regulations, while it provides tools to help users adjust to future requirements. For example, the application can reduce the time needed to prepare for regulatory audits by providing tools to help automate product quality and traceability reporting. It also can help companies quickly provide evidence about product trace lines and history in the event of specific food safety events.en

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