April 24, 2012 10:00 ET

Australian Food Manufacturer Turns to Infor for a Bigger Slice of the Pie

Patties Foods Upgrades Its Enterprise Management Software With an Eye on Future Expansion

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced today announced Patties Foods, producers of some of Australia's most famous meat pie and dessert brands such as Four 'N Twenty and Nanna's, upgraded its Lawson enterprise management software to lay strong foundations for international expansion.

The upgrade from Lawson M3 v5.2 to v10.1 was completed within four months and assisted the company during the busy Christmas period, where shipments of family pies and desserts were at one of their highest points for the year. The upgrade is expected to streamline operations, support international expansion, reduce administration and equip Patties to respond to the increased demand placed upon the business following strong domestic growth.

News Points

  • The upgrade has seen immediate business improvements, including increasing efficiencies due to the significantly improved user-interface. The simplicity and customisability of the new interface has made the software more accessible, reducing training and helping to ensure the system is being utilised by all users to its full potential.
  • The new software is also designed to reduce the time spent managing operations through more automation and will allow staff to make more informed decisions in areas such as stock management and production planning.
  • A number of improvements in the sales modules have helped to streamline customer service processes resulting in faster order processing.
  • The improved functionality of Lawson v10.1 allows for greater integration with other systems, benefitting both current and future projects and allows for a greater scope for planned growth.

Patties Foods Quote
"We identified that while our business is growing and expanding, our current enterprise management software was not growing with us. An upgrade of the Lawson software was the most obvious solution due to its flexibility and integration into all aspects of the business. The software allows for use in international markets due to its multi-currency capabilities and has the ability to integrate into any business we may acquire in the future. This places us in a great position for international expansion and growth," said Zelko Erdec, General Manager IT, Patties Foods.

Infor Quote
"Infor understands the challenges that food and beverage distributors face and our aim is to help businesses achieve success. It is great to see long-term customers re-investing in Lawson software, and with the recent acquisition by Infor, it allows for an even greater suite of services available to customers. The Lawson upgrade provides a great platform for Patties Foods to expand to new markets and allow more people to enjoy its great tasting products," said David Hope, President, Asia Pacific South, Infor.

About Patties Foods
Patties Foods Limited (PFL) is a leading Australian manufacturer, supplier and marketer of branded frozen savoury, frozen dessert and frozen fruit products. PFL operates in the frozen savoury and dessert segments of the Australian retail and foodservices channels.

About Infor
Infor is the world's third-largest supplier of enterprise applications and services, helping more than 70,000 large and mid-size companies improve operations and drive growth across numerous industry sectors. To learn more about Infor, please visit