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We are a Power BI Consultancy for food and drinks companies who want to take control of their data.

We provide the following:

End-to-end Power BI projects from start to finish

Managed service - choose the best SLA for your goals

Training for your food and drinks BI and finance team

Why does the food production industry need Power BI services?

  • To map data together with priority areas for your business
  • Data Modelling
  • Data Visualization
  • Data Analysis
  • Data-driven decisions

Features of Power BI that are useful for Food Production

Data connectors:

Power BI can connect to hundreds of data sources, such as SQL Server, Azure, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Excel and more. This allows food producers to access and combine data from various platforms and systems, such as ERP systems, production or planning systems to get a holistic view of their business. 


Power BI can create stunning and interactive dashboards that display key metrics and indicators for production performance, such as OEE analysis, production plans and labour utilisation. Food producers can customize and share their dashboards with their teams and stakeholders, and access them from any device.


Power BI can generate detailed and insightful reports that drill down into the data and reveal the underlying patterns and trends. Food producers can use reports to answer specific questions, explore scenarios, and compare outcomes. They can also apply filters, slicers, and bookmarks to their reports to focus on the relevant data.


Semantic models:

Power BI can build semantic models (datasets) that define the relationships and calculations among the data elements. Semantic models enable retailers to create consistent and accurate measures and calculations across their data sources, and use them in their dashboards and reports.


Power BI can answer natural language queries from the users, and provide visual and textual responses. Q&A allows food producers to ask questions about their data in their own words, and get instant answers without writing any code or formula

Benefits of Power BI for Food Production

Faster and better decision making:

Power BI can help food manufacturers make data-driven decisions in real time, based on the latest and most accurate information. Power BI can also provide predictive analytics and what-if scenarios, to help retailers anticipate future outcomes and plan accordingly. 

Increased efficiency:

Power BI can help food manufacturers optimize their operations and resources, by identifying and eliminating bottlenecks, improving quality, and inefficiencies. Power BI can also help producers increase their performance, by finding new ways to analyse the current status quo. This allows companies to enhancing their sites performance.

Improved Labour Efficiency:

We understand that labour is a key variable in any food production company. Power BI will allow you to understand how labour can be leveraged. Whether this is understanding holidays, agency spend or the line utilisation Power BI is a great tool.

Reduced costs:

Power BI can help producers reduce their costs, by allowing companies to understand the many costs associated with the manufacturing process. Analysis of yields, process waste as well as material waste will give companies real insight into their opportunities. 

Our experience in Food Production


David Laws Principal Consultant

David Laws 

David has 12 years experience in Manufacturing

David studied Engineering, Science and Technology at Loughborough University with a placement year working at British Sugar supporting the central engineering team. He then continued to study and gain vocational consultancy experience at the University of Cambridge on the Advanced Course of Design Manufacture and Management. 

 British Sugar

David’s early career was mainly in Leadership roles in FMCG manufacturing company’s. These roles focussed on days and shift management of teams in the production of food, drink and pharmaceuticals.

Kerry FoodsBritvic

These roles involved responsibility for the short term and long term targets and strategy, as well as managing the day to day operation of teams of 30 to 120 staff. This involved interaction across the businesses in order to meet the and develop the departments KPI’s. 

During this time David was involved in numerous projects. David used his technical and project management skills to drive process improvements in large organisations including Boots, Kerry Foods and Hovis. These projects included day to day implementation of continuous improvements methodology’s, as well as major engineering capital projects, labour saving and quality improvements. 


3M        EON

David transitioned into data analysis and MI reporting roles. His initial role was supporting the retail and dental departments in 3M with their Excel point of sale (POS) reporting. To improve performance data availability and department performance saw him learn and develop ETL and database software skills. Data was presented in Office 2013 (the prequel to Power BI), allowing details analysis of POS as well as manufactured gate sales.

David has since worked ingesting data, turning this into actional insights and improving business performance. These contract roles have seen him supporting in cross section of industries, including Energy, FinTech and casual dining.  

Since moving to Select Distinct in 2022  David has worked with a number of clients across a range of industries.

Why choose Select Distinct as your Power BI Expert?

  • We work closely with your team to make sure it all goes smoothly and your team learn from us as we go
  • We take a deep dive in your reporting set up
  • We provide full strategy and training
  • Service led business 
  • Mapped out five-step process