Traceability – Beau’s Brewery | Beau’s Brewery – Traçabilité


[Warehouse with Hundreds of Beer Kegs] [Narrator]
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek
Hill is a family run craft brewery. They create unique, certified organic beer products with
a focus on local markets. With expansion plans on the horizon, they were looking to increase efficiencies and improve
quality with a traceability system that would grow along with their business. [Steve Beauchesne, Beau’s Brewery]
Traceability for the business, for
Beau’s, is huge. We’re now at a point where we’re serving two
thousand customers every week. And getting the right thing to the right customer
at the right time has become incredibly important [Beer Making Room] [Steve Beauchesne]
Traceability for us starts with planning what we’re going to
make by looking at what we’re selling in the marketplace. So we’re able
to provide our malt suppliers and our other suppliers with very detailed forecasts based on
usability trends. Now everything is bin-managed. So as grain comes in, as bottle caps and bottles,
they all get scanned on the way in and the system knows exactly which part
of the racking it sits in. From there it moves into the production and
the system follows it all the way along. So we can look at the system
and say, ok we’ve got this much beer that’s in fermentation, this much beer that’s aging,
this much beer that’s packaged. We can see it the whole way through. After packaging,
again it moves into bin management. So we know that we have 20
skids of this particular brand and we know exactly which spots of which warehouses it’s sitting in.
Bringing the system in has streamlined the process. Now, when the order comes in, it
all comes in to a central database. The database itself sorts which location it’s going to
leave from, right down to what truck’s going to take it. The driver picks it up in the morning.
There is confirmation that is done digitally. We’ve been able to work with our partners to be able to keep that traceability even
while it’s in someone else’s truck. Which is huge for us and it’s able to really build
that value chain for us. [Truck pulling away] [Narrator]
Beau’s has advice for other businesses looking
to implement a traceability system. [Steve Beauchesne]
Make sure that you build the buy-in from
everybody in the team. I think is great about Beau’s is that because
we’ve been growing so fast, no one’s ever But a change of this magnitude, even for a
company that is sort of pre-geared for change, is very difficult, because every single thing
that we used to do we had to look at and say well how are we do this to maintain the integrity
of the data. When we purchased the system we had about 75-85
employees. This will grow with us till the point where we’re at 2,000 employees.
Once you’ve got your systems in place, you can go beyond your local market. You can start
exporting, you can do so much more. So while I believe that traceability is vital for local
food, it will also allow local food producers to export, to look at broader markets than
just their local territory. To learn more about how Ontario businesses
are using traceability to their advantage, visit ontario.ca/traceability.

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