In recent years it has become more important for breweries to prove their compliance to rigorous food safety standards, particularly when selling to supermarket chains. There are a number of accreditations that are applicable to breweries, including SIBA’s standards, HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points) and SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) and the SALSA plus Beer Audit.
Premier Systems Limited’s BrewMan is the leading Brewery Management Software package in the UK, installed in over 200 breweries and as such we have worked in conjunction with many that have achieved SALSA accreditation. In order to provide the most value to our customers we have ensured the system is able to assist as far as possible in achieving the required level of compliance for these accreditations.
What is SALSA?
The SALSA plus Beer Audit has been developed to offer small and micro-sized brewers a standard tailored to their particular operation and to allow approved members to approach buyers with their craft ales and beers with reinforced confidence. Additional criteria contained in the SALSA plus Beer Standard were developed to:
· encourage excellence in the brewing & bottling industry · raise the profile of processors within the brewing industry · provide a forum for exchange of ideas · give clear guidelines for approval to Brewers & Bottlers
The SALSA plus Beer Audit standard also details a number of additional requirements to reflect specific aspects of the brewing industry, specifically:
· Personal Hygiene · Cleaning · Contamination/Cross-Contamination Prevention · Control of Raw Materials · Waste Control · Legal Requirements · Quality Requirements
How can BrewMan Help?
BrewMan’s production module specifically addresses requirements to help you achieve the accreditation:
Cleaning: BrewMan monitors the usage of your brewing vessels and tanks and, once a vessel has been emptied, flags the vessel as requiring a clean. You can then record the single or multi-stage clean that you have performed to release the vessel back to production. The cleaning processes themselves are defined within the system, thus giving you your procedures.
Control of Raw Materials: BrewMan keeps records of all of your raw material stock. The stock control records each batch of materials received by date and batch number. The system then manages your stock and suggest the raw materials that should be used in the brewing process on a first-in, first-out basis, ensuring that your stock is rotated correctly. There are full stock take procedures built-in to BrewMan.
Quality Requirements: BrewMan produces a brew control sheet for every batch you brew and within the brew sheet you may define any quality control checks that are required.
If you would like any information about our production module and how it can help with your accreditations or any other questions regarding BrewMan please get in contact with us:
Tel: +44 (0)23 80 811 100