Keurig Dr Pepper speeds product launch and go-to-market time with Infor



Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading beverage producer whose wide range of more than 125 hot and cold beverages are designed to satisfy any consumer need, any time. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks, and mixers, and markets the #1 single-serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2011, KDP has used Infor® PLM for Process to quickly develop new products, produce them using the best possible formulas, and maintain full compliance with regulatory requirements. 


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Plano, Texas 


Food & Beverage



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Infor PLM for Process


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Infor PLM for Process ensures that the nutrition label on each of our products is correct. It helps us provide information to consumers about which ingredients were used, if the ingredients that were used are organic or not, which allergens may be present in the product, and a number of similar qualities that are important to our customers.”
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Meeting FDA regulatory requirements

To ensure compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations on nutrition labeling introduced on May 27, 2016, KDP upgraded to version 11.2 to leverage new functionality and expand its use of PLM for Process to include knowledge management, research and development, procurement, quality management, and regulatory affairs.


Improving product development

In addition to its flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple® brands, KDP’s portfolio includes 7UP®, A&W® Root Beer, Canada Dry®, Clamato®, Crush, Hawaiian Punch®, Mott’s®, Mr & Mrs T, Peñafiel, Schweppes®, Squirt®, and many others.

Product development at KDP begins with an initial concept for a new beverage. Then, KDP develops a prototype to produce it on a pilot basis. During prototyping, KDP uses consumer testing and other business considerations to determine the best formulation to commercialize. The initial prototype could have multiple possible formulas with different ingredients. Before producing the prototype in a pilot plant, the prototype must meet certain quality standards. Infor PLM for Process helps ensure that all formulas that are piloted in a plant meet those minimum requirements and manages the process that determines which formula will be selected to progress further into the development process.

Once the formula is in the right stage, PLM for Process alerts the regulatory department, which checks the formula to ensure that ingredients and ingredient proportions are legal to use in the region where the product will be sold. When a formula is approved on all dimensions, the manufacturing supply chain receives a document with the formula to be produced on a larger scale, so it can be commercialized.

Business challenges

  • Manage information and processes for new product development and launch within the cold beverage brands at Keurig Dr Pepper, which has 50+ brands
  • Upgrade Infor PLM for Process or switch to a competing solution to meet new FDA regulations on nutrition labeling in the US
  • Streamline workflows among knowledge management, research and development, procurement, quality management, and regulatory affairs to help move new products more efficiently from initial concept to commercial availability
  • Successfully navigate new nutrition labeling regulations, which impact the wide variety of products KDP produces

Saving time on nutrition labels

Business results

manual data entry processes eliminated for a highly educated group of scientists
months to go-live with stage 2 of project "revolution" for label content and ingredient statement modules
reduction in rework associated with facts on the nutrition label
reduction in the time to create a nutrition label for a product
savings based on actual Infor license and implementation costs compared to next best competitor's cost estimate
The upgrade to the latest version of Infor PLM for Process was a huge positive step for us. We re-engineered a lot of the way we do business. We now have a user-friendly solution with a web interface that’s very easy-to-use. Our data is organized in a way that makes sense to our users, and we have processes in place that align with what we’re actually doing with the business. We have reports that serve the business well and have realized strong business value.”

Adopting future-ready processes

Bob Wimpfheimer, Senior Manager, R&D Knowledge Management and R&D at KDP, explains the current predicament for companies in the food and beverage industry: “In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has made changes in the requirements for product labeling. That means that virtually every food company is going to have to redo every single label for each and every portion size on every single product over the next couple of years. That’s a huge amount of work.”

For KDP, the good news is that the processes it has implemented with Infor PLM for Process automate much of this work. Additional projects in the near future will be focused on expanding Infor PLM for Process’s footprint to cover more areas within KDP.

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