Merit Functional Foods and The Answer Company are excited to announce a new working partnership to implement Sage X3. Merit Functional Foods occupies a 94,000 square foot facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where they will produce the world’s highest purity and highest quality pea and canola protein ingredients for use in meat and dairy alternatives.  The Answer Company worked closely with Merit to choose Sage X3 which is known for its strength in food manufacturing operations as their ERP solution.

Merit values local expertise, and therefore reached out to a number of Winnipeg-based ERP consulting firms, including The Answer Company, to look at alternative solutions before finally deciding on Sage X3 and The Answer Company. The Product Lot Characteristics module – a proprietary Sage X3 feature built by The Answer Company’s in-house team – was key to the decision to move forward with the partnership and the platform as Merit is focused on bringing quality products to the market with full traceability.

“We decided to go with Sage X3 because of its reputation as an excellent food and beverage manufacturing solution. The Answer Company displayed deep product knowledge and an awareness of the challenges of both the agricultural and food manufacturing industries and a commitment to help us meet our short implementation timeline. Their proprietary Product Lot Characteristics was a key element for us. The fact that they have boots on the ground in Winnipeg was an added bonus!” – Chris McLeod, Director of Finance

Speaking of the new partnership, Shawn Ostheimer, Founder and President of The Answer Company said,

“We are really looking forward to working with Merit Functional Foods. It’s clear that plant-based proteins are growing at an exponential rate, as evidenced by the many large Consumer Packaged Companies entering the market. Merit is doing great work – both sustainable and innovative. The company is still so young, and the whole team at The Answer Company is excited to see what they do next.”


About Merit Functional Foods

Established in 2019, Merit Functional Foods is committed to exceeding expectations for plant-based protein, providing the market with the highest quality protein ingredients and blends that offer unmatched purity, exceptional taste, and excellent solubility. Merit is building a state-of-the-art production facility in Winnipeg, where it will produce a portfolio of pea and canola protein ingredients with exceptional functional and nutritional values.

About The Answer Company

Since 1995, The Answer Company has been helping organizations answer questions about investments in technology and information systems.  As both a Sage and Acumatica ERP partner, the entire team offers thought leadership & expertise on both solutions. From offices across Canada, the team provides specialized solutions to a wide array of industries, first executing an in-depth business analysis, followed by developing a tailored software solution and ensuring its effective implementation, with a continuing long-term support partnership.

About Sage X3

Sage X3 provides faster, more intuitive and tailored business management solutions than conventional ERP for organizations looking to thrive and retain their competitive advantage by increasing their agility and embracing change at speed. With over 5,500 customers in more than 80 countries, X3 has comprehensive business management capabilities from supply chain management to manufacturing, financial management, human resource and payroll management.

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