In 1995, upstate New York based Country Malt opened for business behind the founder’s house, in a lawn-mower shed with six bags of grain, a homebrew grist mill, a cargo van — and no customers. Since then, Country Malt has expanded and is proud to call hundreds of breweries and distilleries throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico, Country Malt customers.
With over a century of combined brewery and brewing experience and 11 warehouses across North America, Country Malt understands the importance of excellent ingredients, product knowledge, and expertise in making exceptional beer. In an effort to keep up with demand, Country Malt has implemented many improvements with the goal of optimizing processes and increasing efficiencies.
When it came time for a forecasting solution, Vanguard Software presented a tailored solution that exceeded Country Malt’s expectations by being user-friendly, meeting current requirements, and allowing for future growth.
“Vanguard Predictive Planning met all the requirement that we were looking for. The dynamic tool is user friendly, versatile, and not too complex” said Ruben Ybarra, Director of Procurement at Country Malt Group.
The move to Vanguard allows them to move seamlessly between various forecasts and connect different aspects of the business to one another, breaking down the stereotypical siloed working environment. Ybarra explained that because Country Malt does not manufacture products, the is focus is on inventory management: “We strive to have the right product at the right place at the right time at the right cost for our customers.”
With Vanguard Predictive Planning, Ybarra expects to see improvements in inventory precision, a decrease in inventory holding costs, a decrease in lost sales, increased customer service levels, and a decrease in inbound and outbound freight costs. Workloads will also shift, as extra steps will be saved, to focus more demand planning, with getting the initial forecast as accurate as possible.
“We are excited for the rollout and looking forward to seeing the results after the first year and many years to come,” said Ybarra.
Vanguard strives to continue improving business processes and help companies stay competitive. For Country Malt, this means moving to IBP. If this relates to your business as well, please contact us here.
About Country Malt
Country Malt is fully committed to providing the craft beverage industry premier brands, highest-quality ingredients and excellent service. We are never more than a phone call away from your brewery, brew pub, distiller, or cidery. By making it easy to get what you need, you can focus on what is important, your craft!
About Vanguard Software
Vanguard Software introduced its first product for decision support analysis in 1995. Today, companies across every major industry and more than 60 countries rely on Vanguard Software’s Predictive Planning, an IBP Platform. Vanguard Software is based in Cary, North Carolina.