Natural Choice Foods Leverages S2K Food for Greater Productivity, Visibility, and Quality Throughout the Organization

April 12, 2023

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – April 12, 2023VAI, a top provider of ERP software, released new endorsements from its ongoing collaboration with Natural Choice Foods, a market leader in overstock and closeout food products, following the deployment of VAI’s food software solution, S2K Food. VAI’s food solution was created exclusively for food firms to integrate processes and adhere to food safety laws. It is feature-rich and packed with functionality.

Natural Choice Foods provides solutions to food manufacturers seeking to move overstock and distressed inventory and sales to secondary outlets to create a competitive advantage for their stores. Among the S2K Food applications Natural Choice Foods utilize include financial management, distribution management, warehouse management, manufacturing management, and data analytics, Smart Center, and Mobile WMS for Food.

VAI’s S2K Food ERP produces better management and saves on costs by helping businesses become more efficient in moving orders and properly fulfilling deliveries with real-time tracking details. As a feature of S2K Food, VAI’s Lot Control is a critical part of order processing, purchasing, inventory reservations, traceability, and costing. This feature helps Natural Choice Foods to track every piece of inventory that enters the warehouse by assigning numbers as “Lot IDs” - a code identifying the expiration of the batch where the product came from and can help identify the expiration date. Lot Control is assigned to each batch, or lot, of products that allows the food manager of a business to trace each product from the manufacturing/production system to the consumer.

“Our S2K Food ERP offerings help businesses like Natural Choice Foods streamline operations for complex business strategies,” said Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division at VAI. “The food industry’s fast-paced environment requires businesses to process large amounts of data and real-time for optimal success. Natural Choice Foods’ business model built on the S2K Food ERP platform allows for the most efficient version of compliance and allows the company to grow exponentially and better serve their customer base.”

Natural Choice Foods can now regulate its already-tight margins by improving efficiency and reducing waste thanks to the deployment of VAI S2K Food. Moreover, S2K Food offers all the resources necessary for managing the business's manufacturing costs, resulting in improved productivity, visibility, and quality throughout the entire organization.

Prior to VAI S2K Enterprise, putting together deal sheets for our customers was a very tedious, cumbersome task. Now with the click of a button, we have all the information we need, including a picture that we can take and send directly to the customer in a five-second process, versus a two-minute email,” said Tim Pike, Purchasing Manager at Natural Choice Foods. “Working with the VAI team on the implementation process was smooth. The team at VAI is always knowledgeable and can relate to our problems and come up with solutions to help better our process and our systems here at Natural Choice Foods.”

VAI S2K Warehouse Management allows Natural Choice Foods to monitor warehouse activities in real-time, minimizing entry errors, and helping to measure the efficiency of the company’s warehouse employees. “VAI S2K has sped up our warehouse process immensely,” said Tony Krenselewski, Warehouse and Inventory Manager at Natural Choice Foods. “We have gone from 96% fulfillment to 99.5+% accuracy on a consistent basis.”

S2K Analytics provides organizations with both high-level monitoring that focuses on the overall performance of the enterprise, and low-level monitoring that focuses on departmental metrics. “Just about any type of sales analysis that you can do I’ve created using the S2K Analytics tool,” said John Winkel, Programmer Analyst at Natural Choice Foods. “It’s very flexible and powerful system that you can use to get very detailed graphs and reports.”

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About VAI

VAI is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail, and service sectors. VAI's software solutions are backed by a wealth of experience and a reputation for excellence that countless companies rely on. With specific ERP solutions for hard goods, food, and pharmaceutical companies, VAI has helped some of the most recognized companies address key industry requirements and deliver bottom-line results. VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage business intelligence, analytics, mobility, and cloud technology to help customers make more informed business decisions and empower their mobile workforce. For more information, visit

About Natural Choice Foods

Founded in 1997, Natural Choice Foods buys excess/distressed grocery and food items from large food companies and repacks or resells items to secondary grocery outlets across the country — including its own Daily Deals Food Outlet stores — while guaranteeing brand protection for national food brands.

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