Cannabis edibles are an extremely popular and convenient way to consume marijuana for individuals in states that have legalized either recreational or medicinal cannabis. Despite this, the industry has faced challenges because a lack of federal regulation has provided little guidance in regards to food safety. Consumers expect edibles to meet the same safety requirements as other food and beverages, so many manufacturers have decided to follow the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) best practices.. Proactive cannabis businesses are seeking out ERP software solutions to utilize the technological tools and industry-specific experience in the food and beverage market to establish greater accountability and plan for current and future compliance requirements.
What are edibles?
Edibles are food or beverage products that are made with cannabis or infused with cannabis extract, consumed either recreationally or used for medicinal purposes. The extractions used include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is psychoactive, and cannabidiol (CBD), which is not. Types of edibles found on the market include gummies, candies, cookies, energy drinks, teas, chocolates, and a variety of other products.
How ERP can help?
Cannabis ERP software is an industry-specific business management solution that tracks operations from seed to sale s to streamline and document processes and incorporate safety and quality initiatives from cultivation to the sale of edible products and beyond. The following functionality is supported:
Inventory Control – Inventory is tracked including balances, expiration dates, plant ID tags, serial, and lot numbers – providing end-to-end traceability to facilitate the ability to locate items in the event of contamination or recall.
Labeling – Ensures that consumers are provided with a consistent experience, helps meet regulatory label requirements, provides necessary product information, and also mitigates unintended consumption of cannabis-infused products.
Recipe and Formulation Management – THC and CBD percentage, impurities testing, and nutritional information is captured, as well as version and revision information and production notes. R&D functionality supports new and innovative edibles and infused beverages in a sandbox environment.
Approved Supplier Relationships – Maintains current and accurate detailed supplier information to ensure the acquisition of quality raw materials from trusted vendors, as well as regulates quality control testing.
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) – Cannabis software documents the following of cGMPs - including monitoring equipment status, establishing cleaning and hygienic procedures, training employees, reporting illnesses, maintaining food and cannabis handling certifications, and eliminating allergen cross-contact risks.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Requirements – Critical control points recorded within the ERP solution protect consumers from the biological, chemical, and physical dangers of edibles to enhance the level of food safety.
Food Safety Plan – Seed to sale software automates and records preventative controls, full forward and backward lot traceability, recall plans, and employee training records to ensure food safety policies and procedures are followed.
As the edibles and infused beverage market expand, cannabis companies continue to take advantage of the technological tools and best practices long embraced by the food and beverage industry. ProcessPro ERP has more than 30 years of experience in helping companies in regulated industries meet compliance requirements. Contact us for a personalized software demonstration today.