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Pernod Ricard Winemakers partners with Trellis to optimise wine operations

Published:  26 January, 2021

Pernod Ricard Winemakers has partnered with Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform Trellis to optimise its wine operations.

The premium wine division of Pernod Ricard said the partnership would support its business and supply chain operations by providing accurate grape yield, quality, harvest timing and procurement cost prediction across Australia and New Zealand.   

 “As we continue to lead the wine industry into the digital era, we are committed to working with AI innovators that are reimagining global supply chains,” said Alex Kahl, who is leading the project and the optimisation of technology across operations for Pernod Ricard Winemakers.  

“We were impressed by Trellis’s expertise in the industry and proven ability to scale across complex business units and multiple geographies, and we are excited to give our teams the ability to more accurately predict risks and uncover new opportunities for efficiency,” he added.

With Trellis, the Pernod Ricard Winemakers team would be able to strengthen the resilience of its complex supply chain and maximize the profitability of its operations by empowering data-driven decisions at strategic points in the growing season and harvesting cycle, said Pernod Ricard Winemakers.   

“Trellis empowers us to make better, faster decisions by dynamically foreseeing potential risks that could negatively impact our bottom line, as well as providing extra lead time to manage operational challenges. Its advanced AI capabilities will also help our team anticipate fluctuations in supply so we can properly allocate resources,” added Brett McKinnon, chief operations officer at Pernod Ricard Winemakers.

“We expect Trellis to help us significantly lower our procurement costs and overall production costs, while also ensuring a much more efficient harvest,” he said.

Llay Englard, founder and CEO of Trellis, added: “Our traditional food and beverage supply chains are broken and volatile. Working with industry visionaries like Pernod Ricard Winemakers that share our commitment to using data to fuel smarter decisions, Trellis is building a more sustainable, resilient food supply and demand system. 

 “We look forward to helping Pernod Ricard Winemakers effectively navigate all of the challenges in the years ahead – from erratic weather and natural disasters driven by climate change, to surging international trade concerns, regulations and tariffs – to maintain their market leadership.”

Trellis desktop and mobile applications will be available to Pernod Ricard Winemakers viticulture, harvest operation, supply chain, procurement, and wine production teams later this month.