Manage cask inventory and enhance the story of your product provenance with key insights into the history of your casks.
The benefits provided by the DRAMS Wood Management module can play a significant role in enabling spirit producers to capitalise on several growing industry trends.
In recent years, sustainability has become an increasing priority for spirit producers and consumers alike, with many distilleries introducing eco-friendly operating practices and setting ambitious green targets.
As millions of barrels are used to age spirit around the world, ensuring the effectiveness of wood management policy is often a critical area of consideration for distilleries looking to reduce their impact on the environment and their wood purchase costs.
Premiumisation is a major trend across many global spirits categories including cognac, scotch, Irish whiskey, bourbon, rum, and tequila. Age statements and experimental cask finishes are considered some of the fundamental techniques used by mature spirit producers to bring depth and diversity to their premium product offering.
For distilleries seeking to innovate in this space, a robust cask management program is likely to be a key component of any premiumisation strategy.
Today consumers care more than ever about where the products they buy come from and they demand transparency from the brands they purchase. This means that having complete product traceability is a growing requirement for distilleries in many industries.
Aged spirits can spend years in a cask, making this a significant period in a product’s lifecycle. Distilleries that can capture the unique details of this process are much better positioned to share the story of their products from field to bottle.
The Wood Management Solution Sheet provides a detailed overview of the features and functionality provided by the module.
Also contained within the sheet is a detailed comparison of the functionality contained within the Cask Assessment, Wood Management Modules and the Cooperage Application.
Implementing DRAMS Wood Management
A sub-set of the DRAMS Wood Management module, Cask Assessment, is available as an entry-level purchase. Additionally, a separate Cooperage Application is also available to extend the functionality of the standard module.
Both the functionality of the full Wood Management module and the Cooperage Application are reliant on tracking each individual barrel independently from the spirit they contain, this means that barrel labelling is essential to the implementation of this module. For more information about barrel labelling and scanning, view our DRAMScan page here.
This entry-level module provides the ability to track barrel orders and supplier performance but does not track cask events beyond the initial receipt. As a result, Cask Assessments does not rely on barrel labelling, unlike the full Wood Management Module.
The Cooperage Application has been designed as a tablet-based solution and includes some additional features which can be used to extend the functionality of the Wood Management Module. Barrels are scanned at the cooperage to provide a complete history of all related events, including previous repairs.
The Cooper can then record all new maintenance tasks alongside the start and finish times of each job. The results of any subsequent quality control measures are also documented within the application.
With each transaction recorded against the unique ID number of the Cooper responsible, performance analysis data can be extracted and reviewed. The insights gained from this application include average repair time and the number of times a barrel is returned for rework.