KK Fine Foods sees 54% rise in profit and 15% drop in product wastage with the Ross ERP solution from CDC Software

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Ross Systems, a global provider of enterprise software solutions and a division of CDC Software, a subsidiary of CDC Corporation, today announced that award winning* KK Fine Foods, one of the largest UK manufacturers of high quality frozen convenience foods, has experienced a 54 per cent rise in profits and a 15 per cent drop in product wastage since 2003, following the implementation of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Ross Systems.

Recently shortlisted for a Best of British manufacturing IT Award for Best ROI measures and benefits from IT in Manufacturing/Business Management, KK Fine Foods produces over 250 different recipes of frozen meals and 193 live recipes every month for its customers across the UK and Europe including TGI Friday, Pizza Hut, Iceland, Marriott and Whitbread.  Based in North Wales, KK Fine Foods was awarded the Welsh Medium Sized Business of the Year Award in 2004 and has recently been awarded funding worth over 4 million from the Welsh Assembly in recognition of its business success and to extend and double the capacity of its existing operation.

Graham Jackson, chairman of KK Fine Foods, comments, We really have gone from strength to strength since implementing the solution from Ross. The ERP solution underpins our entire organisation from finance and sales order processing to production and distribution.  Weve been able to minimise errors in production and streamline production planning as well as achieve more effective management of our cold storage facility.

Food manufacturers face accelerating changes in industry regulation, market demand and customer specification and so it is essential for these organizations to become as efficient, streamlined and flexible as possible, commented Mark Carlile, UK Managing Director, CDC Software. KK Fine Foods has experienced a period of growth since implementing the Ross ERP system from CDC Software. We are pleased to be helping the company to support standards compliance, unlock the cost savings and efficiencies necessary to maintain competitiveness and protect profit margins as they continue to grow.

Implemented in 2003, the Ross system has given KK Fine Foods a fully integrated and real-time management information tool that allows it to optimise throughput, streamline the business and monitor product profitability in a way that they could not do before. The system also generates an executive level view of the entire business operation and manufacturing processes to give managers a single view of the business, enabling them to make decisions with confidence knowing they are based on current and accurate information.

As well as live management reports, the system also provides real-time stock status reports, supplying information by product, customer, ingredient, location and history, to give end-to-end online visibility of its products. This has helped KK Fine Foods achieve Grade A Food Safety Traceability Accreditation from the Food Standards Agency.  They can now identify the availability of raw materials, monitor stock shelf life and react to any sudden change in customer demand dynamically.

Graham Jackson continues, KK Fine Foods now has a completely accurate demand-forecasting system in place via the demand pattern analysis tool and we have total control and visibility of all materials and products throughout the manufacturing process.  Weve achieved a 54 per cent increase in profitability over the past three years and are continuing to experience growth on a massive scale, to the point that were doubling out production capacity.  We have plans to increase our revenue by 200 per cent over the next five years and I look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Ross Systems through the next exciting stage in the growth of our business.

With its operation doubling in size over the next year creating over 100 new jobs, KK will be increasing its user license and looking to extend the Ross solution into other facets of the business.

* Awards and recognitions include:

 British Frozen Food Federation

Catering Product of the Year 2006 King Prawn Red Thai Curry

2006    Gold Award      King Prawn Red Thai Curry
2006    Silver Award    Chilli Meatball Con Carne
2006    Bronze Award    Lamb Tagine
2004    Silver award    Brie, Pesto, Cherry Tomato Tart
2003    Gold award      Vegetable Dauphinoise Gratin
2002    Sliver award    Aubergine , Mushroom Tagine

British Food and Drink Awards

2003    Gold award      Vegetable & Spinach Lasagne
2003    Sliver award    Wild Mushroom Rigatoni
2003    Sliver award    Cherry Tomato Risotto Cake

About KK Fine Foods

KK Fine Foods started in 1897 to produce a range of vegetarian dishes.  From a simple beginning in the kitchen of its founder Leyla Edwards it quickly expanded and, in 1995, moved into a 900 sq ft factory in Flint.  Due to increasing demand for its products it moved in January 2003 to a new, specially designed 22,000 sq ft factory in Deeside.  The very latest equipment has been installed to ensure the original principles of innovation, quality and price were maintained.  During the course of this expansion, the company has collected numerous awards and gold medals for its products.

For more information visit: www.kkfinefoods.com    

About Ross Systems

Ross Systems, Inc., a software unit of CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA), delivers innovative software solutions that help manufacturers worldwide fulfil their business growth objectives through increased operational efficiencies, improved profitability, strengthened customer relationships and streamlined regulatory compliance. Focused on the food and beverage, life sciences, chemicals, metals and natural products industries and implemented by more than 1,200 customer companies worldwide, the companys family of Internet-architected solutions is a comprehensive, modular suite that spans the enterprise, from manufacturing, financials and supply chain management to customer relationship management, performance management and regulatory compliance.

For more information visit: www.rossinc.com.

About CDC Software

CDC Software, The Customer-Driven Company, is a provider of enterprise software applications designed to help organizations deliver a superior customer experience while increasing efficiencies and profitability.  CDC Software's product suite includes the Pivotal CRM (customer relationship management), Ross ERP (enterprise resource planning) and SCM (supply chain management), IMI warehouse management and order management, Platinum China HR (human resource) and business analytics solutions.


These industry-specific solutions are used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide within the manufacturing, financial services, health care, home building, real estate, and wholesale and retail distribution industries.  The company completes its offerings with a full continuum of services that span the life cycle of technology and software applications, including implementation, project consulting, outsourced business services, application management and offshore development.  CDC Software is the enterprise software unit of CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA). 

For more information visit: www.cdcsoftware.com.

About CDC Corporation

CDC Corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) is focused on enterprise software, mobile applications and online games.  As part of its strategic review the company has reorganized into two primary operating business units, CDC Software and China.com Inc. 

For more information about CDC Corporation, visit: www.cdccorporation.net.

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