The Brewers Association recently released their 2014 production numbers, so, naturally, we were eager to finally see how the growth of our customer community stacked up compared to the rest of the industry. The numbers didn’t disappoint. Our 2nd largest customer, Founders Brewing attained the 2nd fastest growth rate among top craft brewing companies by region, at a 74% growth rate while at least 10 OBeer breweries more than doubled in size. In fact, the average growth rate of OBeer customers among the top 50 craft brewing companies was 27.6% compared to 13.3% for non-OBeer breweries in the same category See figure below:

OBeer Customer growth graph

Average Growth Rate: 2014 Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Everyone is experiencing the rising tide. The biggest differentiator between “Orchestrated” breweries and others is that breweries using OrchestratedBEER are able to make decisions based on accurate, real-time information provided by a centralized all-in-one brewery management software system.

How OrchestratedBEER customers grow faster:

Because of consistent growth, breweries are now more concerned than ever with over expansion and keeping beer in stock. Run out of beer and you might lose your shelf space. Too much beer and it might sit too long. So how do breweries running OrchestratedBEER maintain a competitive edge?

1. MRP Purchase & Production Recommendations Report

Breweries use the OBeer MRP (Material Requirements Planning) Purchase and Production Recommendations report to anticipate purchasing & production needs, from malt & hops to wort & bright beer. The report factors in future demand such as sales orders and projected forecasts to suggests what needs to be purchased or what needs to be produced based off of lead times.

MRP Purchase & Production Recommendations

MRP Purchase & Production Recommendations Report

2. Future Inventory Status Report

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exact in-stock quantities of a particular hop, grain, bottle, crown or finished product at a future date in time? Take your Malt 2-row bulk as an example. The future inventory status report allows OBeer users to look at starting balances, supply, demands and end of day balances of their 2-row Malt today, tomorrow, or even weeks into the future to help anticipate and make informed decisions based on operation plans in the future.

Future inventory status report

Future inventory status report

3. Tank Utilization Report

The OBeer Tank Utilization report below is another way brewers monitor output and capacity of their tanks to help provide better insight and eliminates the guesswork on whether or not to purchase that new tank.

Tank utilization report

Tank utilization report

4. Available to Promise Report

Meeting demand will always be an issue for breweries, but the one variable you can control are the promises you make to distributors and how you deliver. Accurate promises prove you’re reliable and can deliver consistency a little bit at a time.

The built-in Available-to-promise report provides an accurate, real-time snapshot of what they can realistically promise their distributor at a moment’s notice. This provides the advantage of building a reputation for consistently honoring promises made to distributors.

Available to Promise Report

Available to Promise Report

These are just a few examples of what OBeer users are using to interpret information and use it to make better decisions.

Download the sample reports packs below for a sample of how data in OBeer is output into an easy-to-understand manner that will help you make better decisions, better promises and help you maintain sustainable growth.

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