For the fast growing brewery, a valuable document to have is a capacity plan that forecasts the required capacity for the brewery operations at increasing production levels over the next three to five years. The plan shows the utilization of the existing capacity as well as when additional production capacity is required. The primary capacity areas to consider are:
At each major volume level, the plan outlines the equipment or facilities needed to be in place along with the installed capital expenditure, labor and other costs.
The following table shows the capacity requirements for selected capacity areas: