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Manage Inventory Challenges of Craft Breweries and Distilleries

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Craft breweries and distilleries are one of the many sectors that are outshining. As per statistics, the number of microbreweries has increased from 20 in 2013 to 120 in 2018 in India, and the craft beer segment has been growing at a staggering rate of 40% year-on-year. But this calls for a serious focus on solving myriad challenges – manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, and inventory challenges. This article throws light on how ERP for breweries & distilleries can help you manage the inventory challenges and transform them into a super successful venture.

Getting raw materials

Breweries require raw materials (malt, husk, etc.) in large quantities to prepare beer. Purchasing and storing them in appropriate conditions is a hard task. This is where ERP for breweries & distilleries come into play. They automatically order raw materials from the vendor as soon as the stock falls below the threshold level. Also, they control the temperature of the stocking unit so that raw materials don’t deteriorate over time.

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Preparing the beer

Once a brewery is stuffed with adequate raw materials, the manufacturing of beer starts. This is a complex process as a slight variation in temperature, pressure, or ratio of ingredients can completely change the flavor and aroma of the beer. An ERP for breweries & distilleries controls these factors and maintains the quality of the beer.

Tracking the batch and storing expiry dates

Craft beers are produced in batches and government norms dictate that labels should have batches written on them for health purposes. ERP for breweries & distilleries imprints the batch number and expiry date on every label that ensures old stock is sold first.

Getting to know your inventory

Once the finished products – cans, kegs, and bottles – are manufactured, you need to manage the inventory and ship them to customers. ERP for breweries & distilleries maintain customer profiles and automatically prepare shipping schedules and vendor distribution time-tables so that your customers receive their orders on time. Also, it manages an online listing of finished products on e-commerce portals – such as Amazon, Flipkart, etc. – without any human interference. 

The craft breweries and distilleries industry are growing at a rapid pace. To continue serving the demand of the rising customer base, automation is the key. This is where we can help. At Sage, we are home to world-class ERP for Breweries & Distilleries that will provide solutions to all your problems – manufacturing, distribution, employee management, and adhering to government compliances. To know more about it, You can also write to us at


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