Since 1986, Alfresh Beverages (formally known as Fairlee Fruit Juice) has been using the Minotaur Business System to manage its day-to-day business operations. Alfresh Beverages is a manufacturer and distributor of fruit juices and carbonated beverages, with such brands as Sunlike, Everfresh, and Fairlee. Alfresh distributes and co-packs various brands such as Stewarts, Arizona, C-Plus and Orangina, distributing products across North America and internationally. Its fully automated manufacturing plant located in Etobicoke, Ontario has the ability to produce over a million bottles of juices of various sizes daily.
Alfresh chose to implement the Minotaur Business System based on a referral. Before the Minotaur Business System, the company was running its business manually by using spreadsheets to track inventory, orders, manufacturing and accounting. As the Minotaur Business System can be implemented incrementally, Alfresh took advantage of this and first implemented Minotaur's Accounting, Order Entry and Purchasing modules. Eventually Alfresh needed tighter control over its inventory tracking and also required automated control on its manufacturing process. Alfresh moved forward to utilize Minotaur's Inventory Control and Manufacturing modules.
Recently Alfresh has undertaken co-packing for various companies within the beverage industry, which is tracked in Minotaur. This aspect of Alfresh's business is one it is hoping to expand over the next several years.
With the configurability of the Minotaur Business System, Minotaur has met some distinctive requirements that Alfresh has made. Minotaur has created two unique sales reports that give Alfresh a structured 'snap shot' of their sales for a given month. This allows them to print various levels of detail for the executives and sales representatives. These reports have reduced a large amount of time when proceeding to do month ends and have provided Alfresh employees with information that is applicable to their positions.
Another feature of the Minotaur Business System that Alfresh utilizes frequently is Minotaur's Flexible Report Writer. This feature allows Alfresh to create reports at any time that are pertinent to its business process.
By using the Minotaur Business System, Alfresh has the ability to track coolers they lend out to their customers for storing their juices. This is done by using Minotaur's Service module which will track maintenance agreements, services and support provided to customers. They can also record work orders for service on the coolers.
In the mid 1990s Alfresh decided to implement Minotaur's EDI module, which is fully integrated and has saved both money and time, as they were previously executing EDI manually.
Over the next couple of years, Alfresh has plans to implement Minotaur's Lot Control and Barcoding modules for tighter control in their manufacturing plant. With this in place, Alfresh will have a well-organized software solution that will manage both front-end office needs and manufacturing floor requirements.
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