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The Innovation Myth

The Innovation Myth

(This article first appeared in Brewer and Distiller International, August 2019) The popular vision of innovation – picture the solitary genius dreaming up the ideas that will transform the world – is a romantic myth. In reality the great works of Darwin and Einstein...

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The Modern Master Blender

The Modern Master Blender

Brendan Flood, Director of Distillery Systems at DRAMS, explores the changing role of master blenders in today’s competitive market   While many whisky drinkers like to imagine that their dram has been produced with strict adherence to centuries of tradition, in...

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An Interview with… Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory

An Interview with… Ron Welsh, Beam Suntory

We were delighted when Beam Suntory master blender and strategic inventory manager Ron Welsh agreed to have a chat with us. Not only is Ron great company; he’s also fascinating to talk with due to his vast industry experience and the high level of strategic focus...

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Is RFID the future for distillery barrel management?

Is RFID the future for distillery barrel management?

(This article by DRAMS' Director Brendan Flood first appeared as a LinkedIn post) Scanning the horizon: Is RFID the future for distillery barrel management? Have barcodes officially had their day? Long established as the default solution for...

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Key Question: How to manage distillery cask movements

Key Question: How to manage distillery cask movements

In order for spirits distilleries to run effective, profitable businesses, warehouse managers must be able to manage distillery cask movements efficiently and effectively. Yet when these managers are responsible for the movements of thousands of casks, manually...

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Key Question: How to manage spirit recipes and ingredients

Key Question: How to manage spirit recipes and ingredients

The Challenge In order for producers of spirits to consistently meet targets in line with their long-term production plans, they need to effectively manage their component spirit recipes and ingredients in order to create the necessary blends of their spirits. Recipes...

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Key Question: How to keep track of distillery stocks

Key Question: How to keep track of distillery stocks

In order for producers of spirits to consistently produce high-quality spirits, managers must be able to track distillery stocks and effectively handle the holding of all cased stock from its initial filling or receipt until it is removed from the warehouse or...

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