Extra Virgin Digital Transformation

One of the world’s largest olive oil producers shares its digital transformation tactics.

Spanish olive oil producer Deoleo has taken a new step towards digital transformation. The olive oil bottling and processing company, which sells brands including Bertolli, Carapelli, and Figaro, has implemented Siemens’ Opcenter software to increase sustainability and efficiency, according to a press release issued by Siemens last week.

Deoleo says it’s using Opcenter, part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, as part of an effort to digitize its manufacturing business. The olive oil producer is using Opcenter Execution Process software to digitalize its warehouse management and quality control processes, and Opcenter RD&L (Research, Development and Laboratory) software to align R&D with manufacturing data and processes, according to Siemens.

“Our sustainability strategy and manufacturing objectives require an effective digital system to manage the enormous number of variables we face along the entire value chain,” said Rafael Pérez de Toro, chief quality officer at Deoleo, in the press release. “Digitalizing our production using Opcenter allows us to be more agile and efficient, have greater control of resource management, create transparent communication, reduce costs and guarantee traceability.”

Deoleo states that one of its digital transformation goals is improve the traceability and quality control of its olive oils. The company settled a class-action lawsuit for $7 million in 2018 for improperly labeling the origin of Bertolli and Carapelli brands of olive oil.

“With Opcenter Laboratory, we have a tool that facilitates the traceability of our oils. The system eliminates manual entry by the employees, avoiding errors and reducing time. They are able to establish the legal and internal levels that are required by regulation and store and subsequently track all this information in a simple way through preconfigured reports,” said María del Mar García Caparros, director of Deoleo’s Alcolea, Spain plant, in a case study published by Siemens.

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Michael Alba

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