BeerBoard Technology Solves FDA Mandate on Draft Beer
Technology Platform is Key to Bars, Restaurants and Brewers Keeping Beer Flowing Through 2017 FDA Compliance
SYRACUSE, New York (October 12, 2016) — Following over a decade of field experience with its bar, restaurant and brewery clients, BeerBoard, a provider of beer management and guest display systems, has created a solution to help the industry meet the FDA requirement on nutritional labeling. The looming FDA requirements will affect over 20,000 bars and restaurants, and the brewers who serve them. BeerBoard has today unveiled an affordable, turnkey solution to help these operators expedite their compliance.
By May 2017, bar and restaurant operators with 20 or more locations must provide calorie listings for every beer on tap or face the prospect of stiff fines. The regulation adds layers of complexity for operators and brewers alike. Operators must obtain and provide the nutritional information to each of their locations, and maintain accurate beer menus despite heavy tap rotation. Brewers must provide nutritional values of their brands or styles, and desire a centralized platform to push the data to all of their on-premise customers.
“Chain restaurant and bar owners should recognize that the clock is ticking to meet the FDA compliance mandate and quickly find a solution. This new level of complexity within the industry impacts both operators and brewers, as calorie counts must be disclosed for every menu item. BeerBoard enables operators to comply while still listing all brands, many of which are in demand locally and can drive revenue given the higher price points. Brewers benefit from a centralized platform to input and share their brand information,” said Mark Young, BeerBoard Founder and CEO. “BeerBoard uniquely improves both the back-end operations and consumer engagement. Business owners will not only meet the FDA requirements, but will also give beer enthusiasts and guests a more informed, interactive experience with beer menus.”
Forward-thinking operator Buffalo Wild Wings uses BeerBoard technology to seamlessly manage tap lines and incorporate local craft breweries in its regional locations. The largest seller of beer among all U.S. restaurant groups, Buffalo Wild Wings is getting ahead of the compliance issue:
“We are not waiting,” said Todd Kronebusch, Vice President for Guest Experience and Innovation at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We’re concerned about this, not only from a national level but from a local level. We want to be able to share everyone’s product with our guests and the only way we can do that is by having the calorie information available.”
Simplifying compliance, saving money and making bars smarter and more dynamic
BeerBoard’s patented technology is used to manage over 50,000 tap lines in thousands of bars and restaurants:
* BeerBoard Menu meets FDA requirements by incorporating calorie and nutrition information from its proprietary database of over 35,000 brands so operators may sync taps with menus and share in real time.
* BeerBoard Display enables operators to merchandise their menus, events and better market craft beers, increasing sales an average of 10 percent.
* BeerBoard’s SmartBar technology tracks every ounce of beer poured to better manage inventory and cut losses, enabling seamless operator control, even from mobile devices. BeerBoard clients receive insights and reports from SmartBar to make more informed decisions based on actual pour data and industry trends.
* BeerBoard’s “Claim Your Brand” platform is an end-to-end, one-stop solution for breweries to enter style information, descriptions and FDA-required data into unique brand profiles which integrate seamlessly with digital, print and social media menus.
Today, BeerBoard made available to the industry an in-depth whitepaper discussing approaches to accelerating FDA compliance, including how major retailer Buffalo Wild Wings is staying ahead of the pending mandate. A unique, interactive microsite was launched to help calculate time to compliance for each operator. The tools are available by clicking here: http://beerboard.com/fda.
BeerBoard is an innovative beer inventory management and sharing technology platform that provides operators, brewers and consumers more insights about draft beer. The industry leader for over a decade, BeerBoard helps restaurant and bar owners improve revenues and gain deep insights about beer consumption, while enabling innovative digital menu sharing and beer menu information that beer aficionados desire. BeerBoard is used by both independent groups and major national chain operators including Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters, Miller’s Ale House and Applebees. Find out more at www.beerboard.com.