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Improving Your Business and Protecting Your Workers

How many business owners and business managers really buy into the fact that when you protect your workers you are improving your business? The key factors focused on by most employers are increasing revenue and reducing the operational costs. Of course, this makes sense, however, the operational costs can be affected by increased and frequent worker turn-over, rising workers’ compensation premiums, absence of workers due to injuries, training of new workers, and fines imposed by regulatory agencies for an employer’s failure to protect workers. The purpose of this article is to provide information to help business owners assess how they can take proactive steps to improve their business by protecting their workers. Cost of Worker Turn-over It only makes sense […]

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Amorada Tequila – the Essence of Passion

For many Americans— as well as others throughout the world — enjoying tequila means downing a shot of the spirit with a dash of salt and a slice of lime. To Terray Glasman, founder of Austin-based Amorada Tequila, the drink is much more than an alcoholic beverage. Rather, it’s a reflection of her culture, with memories of food, love, laughter and celebrations complimented by the special juice from the agave that flourishes in the hills surrounding Jalisco, Mexico. From these memories — and respect for tradition — Glasman created an ultra-premium spirit to be sipped and savored, much like fine wine, packaged in beautiful hand-crafted bottles, each a one-of-a-kind work of art. Born in Mexico City, it was Glasman’s Mexican […]

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Technology Makes Its Way Into the Craft Beverage Business

Whoever thought brewing and distilling would become a high-tech pursuit? In a sense, they have become just that. Software is taking over some aspects of brewers’ and distillers’ businesses – areas like accounting, inventory, packaging, purchasing, sales, scheduling, quality control, compliance and mobile apps – and allowing operators to concentrate on what they love: making and selling their dream beverage. Not every craft brewery or distillery employs a software platform, but an increasing number of operators are turning to high-tech help. Technology likely will make its way to Indianapolis-based New Day Craft, producers of modern craft mead and hard cider, said Tia Agnew, co-founder and CEO. “The larger you get, the more organized you need to be to ensure all […]

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Blue Ox Malthouse: A Conduit Between Communities

For Joel Alex, a maltster is a conduit between communities, a craft to its source, a farmer to a creator, a producer to a customer. As a homebrewing enthusiast with a background in environmental education and community development, Alex, founder of Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls, Maine, became a change agent for agriculture in the Pine Tree State after a conversation at a farm potluck. “A craft brewer and I discussed the lack of local ingredients available in the industry due to lack of malting capacity. The light bulb went off! Somebody had to do this!” he told Beverage Master Magazine. “I had friends growing grains and other friends getting into milling grains and brewing beer. The idea just […]

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Good News for the Industry! From California to New York City

Consumer goods, particularly goods containing alcohol or tobacco, are an easy target for new regulations introduced by elected officials. They argue that new regulations are required to protect the consumer from excessive prices or to promote health or safety. Occasionally, though the apparent benefit for the consumer might seem obvious at least to the consumer, the real benefit, once the smoke and mirrors are pushed aside, is negligible. In all cases, compliance with a new regulation affecting a business segment requires some effort by a manager or owner of an affected company. Figuratively, the compliance burden may be just a tiny ripple in a barrel, or the burden might cause the barrel to tip and spill precious profits on the […]

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Crafting a Safe Work Environment for Breweries: 5 Tips to Avoid Workers’ Comp Claims

We have the hard-working employees of these breweries to thank for our industry’s growth, so their safety must be paramount. Every staff member, whether from the production, warehouse, brewing or kitchen departments, is an integral part of the brewery operation and as with many other factory or manufacturing jobs, every one of these individuals is exposed to potential dangers on the job. Breweries tend to have a slightly higher injury rate than most industries. The boiling water inherent to the process can result in burns, and pressurization problems can cause tank explosions, just to name two examples. Despite these dangers, we are pleased to see that reports of work-related injuries and illnesses in breweries have been on a steady decline. […]

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Across the Nation Collaboration: Craft Brewers Celebrate Canada’s 150th and Break Down Distribution Barriers

Similar to the craft beer industry south of the 49th parallel, Canada is experiencing a surge in popularity of craft beverages. There has never been a greater variety of beer on Canada’s liquor store shelves. As of 2015, there were 483 regional craft breweries operating in Canada, making it the sixth-largest country regarding the number of craft brewers after the US, UK, France, Italy and Russia. Although there are so many craft breweries hitting the market, due to provincial restrictions, consumers can only glimpse at what the Canadian craft beer scene has to offer. Regionally and nationally, brewers face serious challenges navigating and adhering to the provincial patchwork of legislation and regulations of liquor control boards. For example, The British […]

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Moonshine University: What’s the Story?

There is a lot of talk about Moonshine University, launched in early 2013. As this Louisville, Kentucky training center moves toward year five of educating new distillers, I contacted some of the principals, to see how it’s going. The questions are from me, and most of the answers are from Christin Head, Registrar at Moonshine University. 1. What is Moonshine University? Moonshine University is the educational division of Distilled Spirits Epicenter, an artisan distillery and education center. Our distillery is adjacent to our state-of-the-art classroom and is set up for small runs and hands-on distilling training. We offer technical training and business management education for start-ups, industry professionals, and those looking for careers in the distilling industry. Our courses are […]

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Cool Swag For Your Brand’s Fans

Are you thinking about launching a giveaway contest on Facebook or planning on distributing branded key chains or other swag at the local music festival? Is your online store missing a unique branded item that will instantly transform your brand’s loyal fans into walking billboards? Congratulations! You’ve obviously done your marketing homework. Promotional merchandise featuring your branded logo is a cost-effective way to create an army of enthusiastic brand ambassadors who will place your brand high on the radar in public settings, private homes, and workplaces. First of all, it is essential to point out that there is good swag and bad swag. Good swag is attractive, creative, and innovative. It isn’t shabby or poorly constructed, therefore, it sticks around […]

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Finding A Distiller

    What do a former chef, police officer, wine taster, lawyer, home brewer, fireman, general contractor, and farmer all have in common? They all have become award winning distillers. With new craft distilleries opening every month, how does a startup find the right individual to run their stills? Given the shortage of experienced distillers, looking for the right candidate outside the industry may be the only option. What core skill sets would make a good distiller? What skills are crucial to running the day-to-day operations of a craft distillery? After the right candidate is found, how does this person begin a lifetime of learning?   A quick scan of the American Distilling Institute (ADI) Online Forums shows “Help Wanted” posts looking for distillers outpace the “Job Wanted” posts by almost 3 to 1 (http://adiforums.com/). Individuals with distillation experience, or […]

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