Brandini Toffee, early beginnings
It was a fairytale beginning to a business – two teenagers started selling toffee made from a simple recipe to raise money for a class trip. Brandon Weimer and his best friend, Leah Post went from these innocuous beginning to creating and distributing a gourmet brand that has been seen on Oprah Winfrey’s O List, The Martha Stewart Show, The Food Network. It has even been served to the President of the United States.
Having come from paper records and handwritten logs, Unleashed now provides the kind of data visibility and organization that was previously missing for Brandini Toffee. With seamless product traceability from ordering raw goods, manufacturing products and then on to sale, Unleashed also integrates with QuickBooks Online, Brandini’s accounting software. It’s an end-to-end food manufacturing solution.
“What’s most appealing to me about Unleashed is the scalability, the simplicity – it’s an intuitive software to use, you can teach it to many people. It’s growing with us, we’re a small business and…I have confidence that we can be 10 times, 20 times larger of a company and still rely on this software to support us with our inventory process” says Brandon.
Food manufacturing process tracked from start to finish
As a food manufacturing company, Brandini Toffee needs fail-safes in case of a product recall – safety regulations that all food and beverage companies must adhere to. Brandon says “Unleashed is the answer. Something where we can have our information being stored and traced, start to finish, and it gives us certainty that were that to ever happen, we could recall effectively.”
When it came to choosing an inventory management system, Unleashed was a clear winner for Brandon. Unleashed ticked all the boxes – a cloud-based inventory management system for tracking products, that was easy to implement with comprehensive training and support.
“Unleashed for us has been something we can lean on for information and recall. The batch tracking feature was the first thing that got me excited about Unleashed because I no longer had to worry about traceability of product,” says Brandon.
“We chose Unleashed because it helps us with all sides of our business.”
As a small business, Brandini Toffee has grown 30 per cent plus, year over year. Since using Unleashed, they now have the product visibility and inventory management they were looking for.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.