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Michigan Turkey Producers Chooses QAD DSCP to Improve Its Forecasting

July 8, 2016
By Business Wire News


QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies, announced today that Michigan Turkey Producers has chosen QAD DSCP (demand and supply chain planning) to help improve and modernize its forecasting.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michigan Turkey Producers offers a wide variety of raw and cooked turkey products, supports more than 60 brands and distributes its products nationally and internationally. Demand for Michigan Turkey Producers’ products may exceed the supply of raw materials, making accurate forecasting crucial, especially during times of high demand.

In the past, Michigan Turkey Producers used mainly manual forecasting techniques that proved time-consuming, inaccurate and lacked integration with ERP data. Michigan Turkey Producers, a longtime user of QAD’s flagship on premise ERP solution, QAD Enterprise Applications, realized that QAD DSCP would help it better forecast seasonal trends, easily integrate ERP data and better balance supply and demand. Other positive business outcomes that QAD DSCP provides include:

  • Better insight into raw material availability.
  • More accurate and timely demand planning and forecasting due to increased collaboration across the organization.
  • The ability to maximize production through the identification of capacity constraints.
  • Lower costs due to reduced inventory levels.

“The majority of our forecasting was done manually, and it wasn’t giving us the information we needed to ensure that our customers got what they needed,” said Brian Boerigter, Michigan Turkey Producers’ chief financial officer. “In our business, responsiveness to customer demand is critical. We needed a forecasting tool that enables collaborative input and provides visibility across the organization. QAD DSCP gives us an efficient way to roll up budgets based on SKUs and report whether we are overselling or underselling based on SKU. It gives us the ability to accurately forecast so we can meet customer demand starting all the way back at the farm.”

“We are very pleased that a leading producer like Michigan Turkey Producers selected QAD DSCP in order to advance their demand and procurement planning,” said Ed Boclair, QAD SVP of North America. “DSCP, from QAD’s DynaSys division, has a proven track record with food and beverage producers around the world, and has helped them modernize their forecasting techniques and results.”

About Michigan Turkey

Michigan Turkey Producers is a cooperative of family farms headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company produces and distributes more than 60 brands of raw and cooked turkey products, from ready-to-cook whole breasts and turkey sausage to pre-sliced, oven-roasted and pan-roasted turkey. In addition to value-added products, Michigan Turkey Producers offers a wide range of commodity turkey parts including breasts, fillets, thighs, drumsticks, wings and necks in a variety of proportion sizes and packaging options.

Founded in 1997, Michigan Turkey Producers has grown from a raw-only producer with 275 employees to a raw and cooked producer with 700 employees. Our growers raise over 5 million turkeys each year and our cooked turkey breasts are sold in retailers around the world.

The Michigan Turkey Producers methods for manufacturing and its manufacturing capabilities are among the best in our industry. We worked hard to provide humane handling, innovative processing and high-quality products. We care about the environment, and that concern is reflected in our operations. We strive to be environmentally conscious in all of our actions, from fuel usage to waste recycling. Our efforts have been reflected in a number of awards including the Environmental Steward Award by Independent Processor magazine, the Food Quality magazine Food Quality Award, and the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award. For more information, go to

About QAD – The Effective Enterprise

QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises.

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