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SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain.
An ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ is a brewery which has agreed to abide by SIBA’s Food Safety & Quality standard – meaning you get a beer of the highest quality, crafted with the utmost care.
BeerFlex (formerly Direct Delivery Scheme)
BeerFlex DDS has grown into a business, which in its latest year, achieved a turnover of more than £12m.
BeerFlex DDS currently buys over 3,500 draught and bottled beers from around 500 participating SIBA brewers and sells them on to 17 national pub companies and off-trade retailers – companies with which, until the establishment of BeerFlex, brewers of local beers found it extremely difficult to trade.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of SIBA, BeerFlex DDS operates without profit and ensures that its customers – over 2,300 pubs and stores across Britain – receive the best possible prices, delivered in the freshest, most cost effective and environmentally friendly way.
The operation is very simple. BeerFlex receives orders from a company or outlet direct via EDI, e-mail, telephone or via SIBA’s Online Order Portal and we distribute them on a daily basis to BeerFlex members.
Brewers access their orders through the Members area of the website, the Toolbox, and deliver the required products direct to the outlet according to the SIBA Delivery Charter.
SIBA BeerFlex reports centrally on all deliveries made and provides consolidated invoices to the company Head Office, which will then produce any appropriate documentation for the individual outlet.
Here’s an example of some of the companies BeerFlex work with:
Please note that SIBA BeerFlex is only available to existing SIBA Brewing Members, and that a separate application is required to join the scheme, may involve a fee:
SIBA Food Safety and Quality Certificate (SIBA FSQ) – SIBA BeerFlex requires that new members joining the scheme are enrolled for the SIBA FSQ, or an alternative scheme such as Salsa, NSF, STS or BRC. The cost for the SIBA FSQ audit is £600 (+vat) every two years, payable in ten monthly installments of £60 (+vat). Full details of the SIBA FSQ may be found on the SIBA Members’ Toolbox.
For more information, and to make an application to join the SIBA BeerFlex scheme, please e-mail SIBA Head Office, email@example.com
I have been impressed from the very start with SIBA Beerflex’s ability to deliver what is a complex and diverse category with very little issue or problems – you just seem to get on with it.
James Rowe Senior Marketing Manager @ Greene King
Beerflex is an integral part of our weekly sales, we’ve now built some great regular business through it, and it seems that every week, there’s a new pub willing to give us a go
Ross Hamilton @ Edinbrew Ltd
The SIBA DDS/Beerflex scheme has helped Ossett Brewery grow from a micro-brewery at the back of a pub into a small regional brewery. The scheme helped us in our early days to develop sales in the larger Pub Companies estates that otherwise we would of had no chance of accessing. This access not only increased sales but also awareness of our beers and brand. The success of our brands through SIBA then allowed us to prove to the likes of Punch and Enterprise that our brands were popular in their estates and this is turn allowed us to get direct listings with these companies. I’d encourage smaller brewers to think of SIBA as a stepping stone towards dealing direct with larger pub companies that are a necessity if brewers are going to expand production.
I look forward to the increased flexibility SIBA will offer with the role out of Beerflex flexible pricing and the Beer Manager system that allows brewers to offer more seasonal beers and change brands more efficiently.
Andy Pollard @ Ossett Brewery