What separates the food industry from other businesses is usually the facilitation of fast moving consumer goods having an expiry date, thus putting a hard timer on inventory, introducing much more stress on solid processes and warehouse flows. You often see companies running MRP once or twice a day instead of in a weekly schedule.
The discipline within quality control is also something that separates the food industry from other businesses. This introduces the need for batch traceability, adding more complexity to the relationship between purchase, production, warehousing and sales.
We have succeeded in making BI reports that are able to trace purchase orders through a multiple level BOM to all final Sales allowing to optimize QA processes and accommodate auditing requirements that could not be met by Standard Dynamics AX Trace functionality.