Whisky distillery gets the blend just right

Dec 30, 2011 | Food Processing & Packaging

Problem: A small Scottish distillery found that it increasingly hard to efficiently monitor and optimise its production activities and stock levels. Although Bruichladdich had installed an automated system for managing bulk stock movements, many core processes were still handled manually using spreadsheets.

Due to the growth of its business, the distillery was coming under increasing pressure from HM Revenue & Customs to implement approved systems for financial reporting.

Solution: Bruichladdich implemented an integrated suite of solutions from Solarsoft based around the Tropos ERP system including the Whisky Workbench module which gives complete control over cask stocks and blending. These products allow the distillery to record, track and manage all orders, stock levels, production planning, bottling/packing and despatch on an end-to-end basis. The systems were up and running within a year. Tropos links everything together seamlessly, even integrating with the distillery’s i2i export document management system which takes care of export paperwork. Bruichladdich is now processing export orders at least a week faster than previously and fully automated HMRC reporting has reduced month-end returns from several days’ effort to a simple click of a button.