The Lone Grazer Creamery
The Lone Grazer Creamery delivers value and quality to its customers by harnessing the power of Acctivate.
“We would like to establish The Lone Grazer Creamery as a leader in the artisan cheese world for Minnesota cheese. Our goal is to put Minnesota cheese on the map,” explained Carrie Nicklow, President of Food Building LLC.
“We also work very closely with our farmers, supporting our farmers and making sure that they have what they need. We’re creating a win-win situation for everyone in any given transaction. From the farmer, who’s raising their grass-fed herd and selling us their milk, to the production crew working in the plant to our various business partners to customers, we want to make sure everyone is getting value.”
The Lone Grazer Creamery was created from the desire to bring high-quality cheese products into the dairy market.
Food Building LLC, the parent company of The Lone Grazer Creamery, owns and manages the Food Building, a 30,000 square foot building in northeast Minneapolis that they have renovated into food production spaces.
“Food Building LLC started with a meat business called Red Table Meat Company LLC, which we’ve spent several years in development and launched that business making dry-cured salamis and other Italian-style pork products.”
“Once we got the meat business up and running, we followed that by launching a creamery, one of very few urban creameries in the country. We had the space and are passionate about building quality food brands, so we started working to launch a Minnesota urban creamery.”
“One of our first decisions was to recruit Rueben Nilsson to join us. He is our chief cheesemaker and part-owner of The Lone Grazer Creamery. He came on board and helped to lead us in terms of the build-out and the equipment that was needed. Rueben now determines which cheeses to make, the recipe and process, and timing of the aged cheeses.”
Today, The Lone Grazer Creamery boasts an array of premium cheeses including cheese curds, ricotta cheese, string cheese, and aged cheese.
The quest to deliver fresh, quality products
As part of creating value for its customers, The Lone Grazer Creamery sells direct to the restaurants and grocery stores that carry its product.
“Most small food businesses sell to a food wholesaler, so they maybe have two or three wholesalers or distributors that they work with.
We’ve found that by having a direct connection to the retailers, it really keeps our ear to the ground in terms of how customers are feeling about our products, where the demand is, what types of products they’re looking for, and how well things are going. It also gives a closer opportunity to support them.”
However, dealing directly with their customers presented a unique business challenge.
“It comes with logistical challenges – instead of shipping two or three pallets to two or three distributors, we’re delivering 100 boxes a week that are going all different directions.
We knew that we needed a robust system that not only could do all of the food traceability and inventory management on the manufacturing side, but also was going to be able to tie into the sales and distribution sides of things.”
The search for value: finding an inventory management software that could provide high-quality features
Nicklow, Nilsson and Seamus Folliard, sales director, began researching solutions that could provide for their inventory needs as a food manufacturing business.
But soon, the right solution emerged.
Acctivate: a sophisticated and comprehensive solution
Acctivate integrates with QuickBooks in a bidirectional manner, ensuring a seamless flow of data for business processes.
Nicklow continued on Acctivate’s integration with QuickBooks…
Acctivate assists The Lone Grazer Creamery in providing the freshest product possible by coordinating manufacturing with other processes such as inventory, sales, and purchasing.
Acctivate’s batch process manufacturing enables the actual ingredients used at the time of production and the resulting yield quantity to be recorded with lot numbers to create a new manufactured product in the assembly process.
Acctivate offers easy-to-use, dynamic batch processing abilities…
…helping offset any unexpected changes The Lone Grazer Creamery may encounter and letting them accommodate for ever-changing needs…
The streamlining of processes using Acctivate allows The Lone Grazer Creamery to have its product ready in an extremely efficient and timely manner.
“Our product is not sitting in our warehouse over the weekend or in some distributor’s cooler for weeks on end while they wait around for an order. It’s very fresh and it’s delivered the day we ship it. Our customers have been very, very happy with it because there’s no question about the product quality or the age or any of that.”
Lot Number Tracking
Acctivate also provides lot traceability, which is crucial for food manufacturers and distributors.
The Lone Grazer Creamery uses Acctivate in a hosted environment using NovelAspect®.
Nicklow explained their reasons for having Acctivate hosted…
What was the Acctivate implementation process like for The Lone Grazer Creamery?
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