PLM for food, chemical, and CPG

Maximize R&D’s value to your organization

Meet your product development challenges with Infor Optiva®, a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution specifically designed for process manufacturers. Optiva provides a unified product view for all of the data and processes across your organization—no matter how dispersed or complex.

With this advanced PLM solution, you can reduce the time spent developing and managing new and reformulated products, while easily achieving regulatory and labelling compliance—whether meeting reporting requirements for chemical companies, complying with new labelling laws for restaurants, or supplying ingredient details across all segments of consumer packaged goods (CPGs).

Optiva at a glance

  • Develop and launch new products faster
  • Ensure 100% global labelling compliance
  • Deploy quickly in the cloud
  • Experience collaborative project management
  • Improve your formula optimization


Incorporating more than 30 years of PLM expertise, Optiva is composed of multiple modules that can help you manage all aspects of product development.

The foundation for Optiva is primarily used by marketing, sales, manufacturing, and procurement, to collaborate with product development. Optiva Core provides read-only access with the exception of being able to create and edit projects as well as score and prioritize ideas.

For the R&D team that creates and modifies formulas, processes and specifications, this module helps streamline processes and help bring high-quality, least-cost products to market more quickly.

Get extensive project management tools, including utilization of stage gate and resource management functions, as well as overall project visibility of status via Gantt Chart views.

Create, view, and edit all of the content (graphics, artwork, ingredient statements, claims, and more) that’s associated with your labels from a central repository.

Enables users to define guidelines, rules, and limitations for specific markets. This module also dynamically checks formulas against these guidelines during development and alerts the user of potential violations.

Enables users to analyze statistical trends in test result data in order to reduce material costs, utilize inventory, and manufacture more efficiently.

Allows users to create and edit laboratory test and methods, create test orders, and capture/store these results.

Delivers limited access license for responding to tasks, editing specifications, and conducting searchers. Partner Connect is commonly used by a company’s external partners, such as vendors and co-packers.


Optiva has all the features and functionality you need to make your R&D department more efficient and valuable to your organization.

formula management
Formula Management

Manage all of your formulas to meet specifications based on available raw materials. Set parameters using a matrix to generate the most optimum and cost-effective formula possible.

Label Compliance
Label Compliance

Ensure that the labels on your package or specification sheet match your formulas and meet the requirements for the country you are shipping to—no matter where your products are sold.

Integrated Stage Gate Methodology
Integrated Stage Gate Methodology

Get visibility, collaboration, and approval through all steps in the development cycle (from ideation to post-launch evaluation).

Formula Optimization
Formula Optimization

Take advantage of continuous improvement to costs, efficiency, and product effectiveness through greater visibility of alternative ingredients and processes.

Optiva solution map

The Optiva solution map includes capabilities and technologies that help companies accelerate their product development, minimize their cost of production, and ensure 100% regulatory compliance.


An open technology stack to provide choice

Built with Microsft.NET, Optiva is fully compatible with web browser tools such as Microsoft I.E. 11, Edge, and Google Chrome; and supports popular databases including Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.

Open-source compatible

Optiva provides basic integration to ERP systems via OAGIS standards-based xml messaging, using Infor ION for connectivity.

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Optiva provides basic integration to ERP systems via direct point-to-point exchange from one application directly to another application or through the intermediary ION interface.

Third-party ERP

  • SAP (via ION)
  • Oracle (point-to-point)
Dr Pepper Snapple

Speed to market is very important to us. We’re in a highly competitive industry, we’re constantly looking to see what’s going to be the next bgi thing. And, we’re constantly having our timelines crunched. Infor Optiva has made it easier and faster for DPS to go to market with new products.

Bob Wimpfheimer Senior Manager, R&D Knowledge Management, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
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Built for all process manufacturing industries

Optiva helps address the unique development, labeling, and regulatory needs of process manufacturing industries.

Food & Beverage

Consumers are constantly demanding new food and beverage products and more information about these products. Additionally, the labeling regulations change on a regular basis. Optiva is the key for companies to overcome these challenges.

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  • Develop products with cleaner labels
  • Speed development time for new products
  • Meet the latest labelling laws from the FDA, CFIA, EU, FSANZ, etc.
  • Optimize recipes to lower overall costs

CPG & Personal Care

Shampoo, soaps, detergents, and other liquid CPG products are under continuous improvement as new raw materials and manufacturing processes are created. Optiva provides the foundation for making continuous improvement a competitive advantage.


  • Speed development time for new products
  • Meet the latest labelling & regulatory requirements globally
  • Optimize formulas to lower overall costs


The chemical market is a diverse, complex market with both B2B and B2C customers who have various needs for information. The competitive marketplace makes the drive for innovation and new products a top priority. Optiva is the foundation for successful innovation.

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  • Collaborate with customers to develop new products faster
  • Meet the latest labelling and regulatory reporting requirements
  • Optimize formulas to lower overall costs

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