Erudus launches steering groups to help shape the future of product data software

Wholesalers and manufacturers are being invited to help shape the future look and feel of the industry’s leading software for food product data.

Erudus is seeking to strengthen its position as the go-to provider of nutritional and allergen information and is holding its inaugural steering committee meetings with a clear emphasis on gathering views and opinions of leading foodservice businesses.

The company will be revealing its plans as well as facilitating open and honest discussions between users and its technical and development teams. The event will cover product notifications, data integrity, changes to product specifications, and future projects and development.

Jon Shayler, chief operating officer, Erudus, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Erudus and its users. We have launched several integration partnerships and our reach across the industry has grown at a fast rate as brands continue to take allergen and nutritional data more seriously.

“Listening to the foodservice professionals is vital for our future success and to always deliver food product data solutions that make a positive difference.

“These committee meetings are a chance to get engaged users in a room to give them a voice to tell us the things they like, don’t like, would like to see introduced, and would like to see removed or changed.

“Their feedback, ideas, and opinions will help shape the future direction of Erudus.” The event for manufacturers and suppliers is at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on 17 September.

The event for wholesalers is at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel on 25 September. Both events run from 10am to 3pm and include tea, coffee and refreshments as well as lunch. On-site parking is also available.

The steering committees are the latest move by Erudus to work closely with foodservice brands, with the company also launching a dedicated Slack channel, a cloud-based collaboration tool allowing free-flowing two-way communication.

Jon added: “We constantly review how we engage with our users and our aim is for each committee to meet twice a year, as well as encourage further use of our Slack channel for year-round conversations about how the software can be improved.”

Erudus has more than 90,000 manufacturers, caterers, and wholesalers using its software, which contains more than 60,000 products.

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