BTerrell Group Blog

MRP, Shop Floor Control and Homemade Granola

Posted by Brian Terrell on Sun, Aug 11, 2013

My wife and I enjoy healthy, homemade granola, and I like doing the cooking. When we run out, I make enough to keep us in stock for about 10 to 12 weeks. My favorite recipe calls for ingredients I invariably have in various stages of supply at any given time, so I usually have to run to the store for something but not everything. Once restocked, I follow the same procedure to make approximately four sets of 2 batches at a time until I’ve finished 8 batches in total. It takes 3 hours, so my planning has to evaluate not only my supply of ingredients, but also the availability of my oven, my mixing bowls, and my time for those 3 hours. It’s nice to have  exclusive use of the kitchen during that time period, so I want to schedule around the other cooks in the kitchen. If you wanted to try some of my granola, I’d have to factor additional production into my planning. If you wanted to pay to try some of my granola, I might want to factor in my costs to make sure I wasn’t working for free. I probably would not want to actually get in that business, as I’d then have quality control and lot traceability issues. However, my granola sure is good and I think you’d like it!

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