Tech, the beverage industry can’t fizz without

Smart technologies are driving the beverage industry into a new digital age with smart factories and artificial intelligence in robotics. But what are some essential technologies a beverage company needs to make operations truly sparkle?

Before going over our top recommendations, let’s take a look at the advantages of using said technology.


Optimise production

Line management using digital technology improves your production line's efficiency and results. Even if your line consists of various types of machines and devices, you can integrate them and view their data in one single system with a modified software solution. This connectivity helps discover ways to optimise your lines gradually. It also helps you to adapt to changes and identify issues by quickly responding.

As data is collected in real-time, the production team can see information about the current batch, events and alarms throughout the process, helping them to control the process and possible errors.

Drink-IT's production and quality capabilities help you to drive productions efficiency. This, thanks to automated production order management and capacity planning for equipment, automated forecast-based macro planning calculations for use when calculating purchase contracts and production plans, and lastly, automated lot traceability of raw materials and intermediate and finished products.

Optimise quality

Products in the beverage industry must meet high-quality standards and regulations, which food and beverage manufacturers have to control strictly. Digital technology can help with quality assurance and even improve the quality of food and beverage products overall.

Data is important to the process of quality assurance. With technology, you can track every detail of your production process, which allows you to detect real-time variations in the process that could lead to quality issues. This makes sure you can quickly fix these issues, and potentially saves you significant amounts of time and money.

Drink-IT Quality Management helps you manage quality, offering support with automated in-process tests and ad hoc tests, forward and backward tracking extensive quality reporting.

Handle EMCS efficiently

The European Union (EU) imposes taxes on alcoholic beverages. Suppose your company is approved to receive or dispatch excise goods in duty suspension. In that case, you’ll need to use a computerised system, EMCS (Excise Movement and Control System), to record duty suspended movements of excise goods within the EU.

Alcohol beverage companies should standardise and integrate Duty Management into their beverage business solutions. The Drink-IT beverage business solution does this by giving you easy to use out-of-the-box capabilities to drive EMCS efficiency.

With Drink-IT EMCS you can:

  • Comply with e-AD requirements
  • Analyse tax-relevant movements of relevant goods
  • Easily submit data to the authorities
  • Capture and process movement information online
  • Validate the data entered
  • Get real-time notification on dispatch and receipt of duty suspended excise goods
  • Exchange secure online messages containing specific consignment and movement information between EU trading partners


Technology that’s changing the beverage industry

Smart Manufacturing with IoT-enabled Solutions

The "4th Industrial Revolution" is a term that refers to the rapid increase in robotics and other smart technologies which allow for a huge boost in productivity and safety for those working in the drinks and food industry. Automation and the Internet of things (IoT) are a part of this.  

Software solutions record data and locate defects in production, ensuring that every beverage is produced faster and with consistent quality. For drinks in transit, IoT-enabled solutions can monitor transportation conditions and provide for  more detailed and accurate record-keeping, ensuring products comply with safety regulations.

Big Data to guarantee consistency

Big data is an important tool for the beverage industry to help it make better decisions. The development of software for making resource plans has given companies an online platform that collects information and helps them find the best ways to optimise operations and ensure product consistency.

Large beverage companies use an algorithm that keeps the quality and taste of their beverages the same, even in seasons where ingredients are scarce. It combines weather data, sweetness ratings, acidity and satellite images to find the best combination of methods to produce their beverages.

Smart Packaging

Smart packaging solutions are rapidly increasing to aid companies in tracking their products across the supply chain. Industry dominating brands are using blockchain to create labels that are able to track the products’ journey. So does Drink-IT, it links your beverage production company's purchasing, planning, quality assurance and production. It allows you to automate:

  • Registration of laboratory quality measurements
  • Product traceability, from raw materials to customers and vice versa
  • Expiration dates
  • Label management

Cloud Services and ERP software

Not every beverage company has the resources to implement cutting-edge innovations. Cloud service providers make it easy to get access to resources and accessible ERP software systems. With ERP, you can organise your production as efficiently as possible, minimise delivery times, and tracking goods has never been easier. ERP solutions created especially for your beverage business create cohesion from planning to production, and streamline your business from start to finish.

Beverage Industry Software ERP: Drink-IT sparks beverage!

Drink-IT is an all-in-one beverage industry management solution based on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The software offers everything you need to optimise your entire value chain from sales and marketing, to warehouse and distribution, to finance and tax, production and quality, service management, and contract management. Drink-IT emerges you in the new world of big data and the Internet of Things and links business applications with tools for mobility, communication and collaboration.

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