INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: CRAFT BEVERAGES SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

With the craft beer industry booming and craft wine, cider, mead, and spirits picking up momentum as well, there is massive potential for growth.  But growth can also bring challenges. A robust ERP solution can make your business flexible, scalable and adaptable, perfect for the fast-paced craft beverage industry.

Craft Beverage Software Solutions

The ACC Advantage For Craft Beverage Manufacturers

Manufacturing liquids can pose a number of unique challenges, especially when those liquids are meant for consumption.  Add alcohol specific taxing, reporting and compliance and the craft beverage business can become a real headache.  Luckily, with our help, you can get back to building your business and we’ll handle the headache for you.

ACC can help you connect your manufacturing data with the front office, making it available to the people who need it, so they can use it.  You’ll make better decisions, and you’ll get a complete view of production and sales.

We can show you how to gather information from disparate data environments (server, hosted, cloud based) and make it easily accessible to the rank and file employee in the form of ad-hoc reporting.

We excel at implementing these kinds of information systems and providing you with new software in the form of modules, so you only commit to as much as you need and can always expand it later.

Above all, we’re experienced in making reporting solutions work for people on the line, making the decisions.  No esoteric and arcane systems.

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Unique Challenges

  • Inventory Management
  • Production Management
    • Bill of Materials
    • Quality Control
    • Recipe Management
    • Batch Traceability
  • Reporting
  • Compliance: Including TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)

Inventory Management

Making sure that you have the right amount of product, available at the right place, at the right time, without having too much, is an incredibly complex balancing act, especially in a rapidly growing industry like the craft beverage industry.  By consolidating business processes into one, integrated database, your purchasing team will stay in sync with your production line, ensuring synchronized business processes.  Raw materials in production are subtracted from your inventory in real-time, so every department always has access to accurate, up-to-the-minute inventory levels.  ERP software allows your company to reduce excess, minimize stock-out and place orders more quickly, allowing you the freedom to focus on growing your business and keeping up with competitors.

Production Management

ERP allows you to visualize and manage your production process with customized workflows.  With the flexibility to add or subtract additional steps, you have the flexibility and control to streamline your production processes.

  • Bill Of Materials
    A Bill of Materials is used to manage recipes for each style or process associated with product production.  Account for all materials needed to produce wort, green beer or bright beer
  • Quality Control
    Eliminate manual processes like spreadsheets for tracking batch QC metrics.  Using ERP, raw material attributes, brewing QC and fermentation logs are attributed to the appropriate production order, batch or tank for maximum traceability.
  • Recipe Management
    Use a Bill of Materials to track recipes digitally from raw materials to ready-to-serve and everywhere in between.
  • Batch Traceability
    Easily handle and track products by lot number with power and flexibility.  Lot numbers can be recognized when received or shipped.  Also, record and manage expiration dates by lot number.  Gain full control over your batch processing.  Components can be adjusted based on seasonality, availability, and required substitutions.  Batch process manufacturing allows you to compensate for variable yield with the ability to alter the quantity produced.  You can also account for spillage and waste and handle multiple lots of the same ingredients while calculating precise costing by batch.

Reporting

Create your own custom reports, or use one of the hundreds of financial, inventory, production, purchasing, sales, QC or Forecasting reports pre-built!  Utilize visualized, dashboard reporting for even more decision-making power.

Compliance

Craft beverage is a heavily regulated industry.  Compliance and documentation can take up a great deal of your business’ time and energy, but ERP software helps to streamline your compliance and documentation processes.  The TTB has cited the most common non-compliance issue for breweries as lack of and inaccuracy of proper documentation. Using ERP software, you can track and document the entire manufacturing process making consistent records easily accessible.

ERP For Craft Breweries

Brewery Management SoftwareView the full Craft Beer Industry Spotlight page.

ERP For Craft / Boutique Wineries

Craft / Boutique Winery Management Software: Track winery activities from vineyard operations through production and bottling, inventory management, and TTB and FDA compliance.

ERP For The Craft Mead And Cider Industry

Mead and cider are hybrids in terms of production and tracking.  Cider’s production process is similar to beer, but it’s blended like spirits, and classified by the TTB as wine.  Mead on the other hand often referred to as “honey wine,” is made in a similar fashion to wine, except the main ingredient for the fermentation process is honey instead of fruit (though fruit can be added to mead, just as honey can be added to wine).  Both mead and cider exist in their own distinct category of craft beverage.  This means that finding flexible, adaptable business solutions is all the more important to craft mead and cider manufacturers. 

ERP For Craft Distilleries And Spirits

Distillery Business Management Software: Manage every aspect of your distillery, from accounting/finance in the back office to production in the still house.


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