Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Computer Keeps Tabs on Every Tap and Bottle

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Computer Keeps Tabs on Every Tap and Bottle

Article excerpt

For bars, it's normal to find at the end of the week that more alcohol has disappeared than what was charged.

But with the prices of beer, wine and liquor continually climbing, bars are being drawn to a Canadian company that can help them keep track of unaccounted for stock -- like the extra vodka a bartender pours to boost tips, or those overflowing draft beers.

Bevinco, which started in the 1980s in Toronto, enables bars to track their inventory through an in-person, weekly auditing system. It folded in 2011 into parent company BevIntel, which also has draft monitoring system InteliTap to measure the accuracy, temperature and freshness of draft pours.

Thomas Quinn, owner of the Glen Rock Inn, also is a BevIntel franchisee, with 10 clients in Passaic and Bergen since starting 14 years ago.

"[Owners] know they can't always pass on the additional cost to their consumer, so it's more critical to actually watch where a product is going," said Quinn.

Bevinco auditors count unopened bottles and use a scale attached to a computer to weigh opened bottles to the 100th of an ounce. They then compile a report comparing the units of product sold and the units used, among other statistics. They also hold staff meetings to train employees on the system. They charge a flat fee weekly, which varies by bars' sizes, Quinn said.

InteliTap -- for a separate monthly fee of around $150 to $180 to access the online software -- measures the draft beer used, compares it with what's charged, and monitors drafts' temperature and quality, said Marc Weinberg, BevIntel regional director for New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, which covers about 100 bars in North Jersey.

Similar draft control systems are New York-based BeerSaver and San Francisco-based TurboTap.

Pinpointing problem

David Rivara, who has owned the Maywood Inn since 1980, said he has seen a 6 percent drop overall in wasted product since starting with Bevinco three years ago. …

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