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9/07/2009

Benchmarking breakthrough for winemakers

Next generation web-based technology is giving wine companies the know-how to reduce costs, reduce waste and improve their business performance. Winery Benchmarker, an online wine production benchmarking tool, has been developed by wine industry consultancy Provisor. Now available online by subscription, it introduces world-leading technology to Australia’s wine sector for the first time. “Winery Benchmarker is a unique web-based tool that wineries can use to compare their operation’s performance against industry benchmarks and averages,” Dr Darren Oemcke, Provisor chief executive said. “It shows wineries where to find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their production and management systems, so they can take action to cut costs, improve efficiency and compete effectively. It is easy to use, intuitive and, being web-based makes it simple to deliver across the country.” Winery Benchmarker has taken 12 months to develop in consultation with 25 Australian wineries ranging from small producers to multi-national exporters, including Zilzie Wines in the Sunraysia, Grant Burge Wines in the Barossa and Sirromet in Queensland. The interactive tool gives wineries the capability to compare themselves against companies of the same size, by region or by country and benchmark operations against red or white, premium or commercial wines. “Benchmarking is used successfully in many industries, throughout the world, and has a huge amount to offer the Australian wine sector, as it navigates the current business climate. The Winery Benchmarker service simply makes benchmarking accessible,” Dr Oemcke said. “It gives real answers to real problems. It shows wineries how they perform against best-in-class, so they can identify areas for improvement in efficiency as well as profitability.” “Winery Benchmarker is also an example of Australian wineries working collaboratively to compare and improve their performance both nationally and internationally.” How do your winery operations measure up? For more information and interview requests contact: Darren Oemcke, CEO, Provisor Tel: 08 8338 3668 Mob: 0417 803 963 Email: Web: www.benchmarker.com.au

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