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Craft Beer

“…Our distributors rely on us to keep the right product mix available so that they can continually meet their customer demands and maintain high customer satisfaction. Demand Solutions is a great fit for us given their out-of-the-box standardization. Some of the other companies we looked at discussed heavily customized solutions that would not be easy for us to maintain in the long run.”

Peter Skrbek
Director of Finance for Deschutes Brewery

Craft Beer Supply Chain Management: Keep your craft beer supply chain flowing

As beer consumers develop a taste for more refined small-batch brews, the craft beer industry is steadily growing, and so is the need for beer supply chain management solutions.

Craft brewers must provide enough beer on time to meet the level of demand, they have limited production capacity, they have to coordinate raw material purchasing and intermediate production, and they have to work with the constraints that limit which product can be made on which equipment – just like any other industry. But craft breweries also present a few unique production scheduling challenges like spoilage concerns, avoiding cross contamination, lengthy cleanouts, limited intermediate storage and constrained material flow paths because of conveyance equipment.  In addition, many of our favorite brews are seasonal and require product line changes throughout the year with short windows of opportunity.  Demand Solutions manages seasonality and new product introductions so when you create demand, you can fulfill it.  

Demand Solutions brewery supply chain software easily integrates third-party data from Vermont Information Processing, a leading beverage industry market data provider, and can improve the ability to forecast beer distributor depletions. The tools allow craft brewers to have better visibility into inventory on hand and further add value to those beer distributors. Our company is partnered with three of the top 10 Craft Breweries in America – New Belgium, Deschutes, and Lagunitas – according to the Brewers Association website.

Discover the value these craft breweries are receiving from using Demand Solutions for their brewery supply chain needs:

  • Tank management – the ability to schedule the brewing process from fermentation to bottling. Brew. Bright. Bottle. 
  • Gain a full 360 degree view of your company’s planning and production status
  • Implement sales and operations planning processes

Demand Solutions also helps Craft Beer distributors overcome beer supply chain challenges to: 

  • Grow revenue with shorter lead times and reliable promise dates that allow for more on-time deliveries and better customer service
  • View sales forecasts by item, account, customer segment, and more
  • Adapt to known changes including promotions and competitive activity
  • Share forecasts throughout the organization for collective approval
  • Refine business forecasts over time
  • Integrate existing data seamlessly
  • Accommodate thousands of SKUs with varying lifecycles
  • Collaborate with key suppliers by providing order plan projections reports
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Address your biggest beer supply chain management challenges with our easy-to-use solutions:

 

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