Barriers For Brewers: Financial Challenges In The Brewing Industry
From the smallest craft businesses to the largest operations, brewing companies invariably face an array of challenges. Not only do they need to produce beers and other brewed products on the right scale and schedule to meet all their clients’ needs, but they also have significant health, environmental, and branding requirements. In order to keep up with all these obligations, brewers must have access to a large and flexible amount of funds on a regular basis. Only then will they be able to:
Obtain Essential Brewery Equipment
Few industries have more pressing capital needs than brewing. From the kettles and stills needed to produce beer and other brewed beverages to canning and bottling lines that package them to supplementary equipment required to wash all of these devices, brewers must fill their facilities with a wide variety of expensive and complex machinery. This creates serious barriers to entry for new startups, which often lack the cash or mortgageable assets to buy this equipment and begin production. Such companies depend on access to affordable leases and working capital in order to get off the ground.
Carry Out Repairs & Maintenance
In addition to getting their hands on brewing equipment in the first place, brewers need to make sure that equipment remains in good condition for the long haul. That means conducting frequent inspections, repairing any devices that are even mildly damaged, and updating existing equipment with new technology as soon as it becomes available. The cost of this maintenance work is usually low, but it can go up if you discover a major problem or need to invest in an expensive but promising enhancement. Access to working capital is essential for brewers to perform this work and keep their equipment in good condition throughout their time in business.
Respond to Shifting Demand
Public preferences for beer and other brewed beverages can change on a dime. If brewers want to keep up with this changing demand, they must be able to expand or scale back production of different varieties with little or no notice. This means investing in flexible equipment that can switch to brewing different products quickly, as well as maintaining access to all the ingredients necessary to create each product on their list. All these actions are expensive, making working capital essential.
Besides addressing changes in consumer demand, brewers must respond quickly to health concerns. This may require taking essential equipment offline for cleaning or inspection, as well as switching out ingredients. Working capital is necessary to insulate brewers from the cost of lost production while taking these health precautions.
For more information on working capital and other financial resources for brewers, contact Dimension Funding today.
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