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Promoting DX in the beer industry! Craft beer startup "Best Beer Japan" raises 70 million yen in funding!

Best Beer Japan, a company promoting DX in the beer industry, announced on February 3 that it has raised 70 million yen in a seed round. Participants in this round include Headline Asia, which runs Japan's largest startup pitch contest IVS LAUNCHPAD, Social Entrepreneur3 Investment Limited Partnership PE&HR Corporation, NBC Angel Fund No. 2 Investment Limited Partnership, Sun * CEO Taihei Kobayashi, and Akiyuki Minami, co-founder of Coconara, are included.

About Best Beer Japan

Best Beer Japan isStartup operating IT tools and logistics services to manage craft breweriesIt is.

Best Beer Japan is a leading provider of beers and beverage products in Japan.The only IT company specializing in craft beerWe have supported its evolution as the first of its kind in the world." said Peter Rosenberg, Managing Director. Compared to last year, the number of breweries we do business with has doubled.

According to Rosenberg, the brewery's operations are paper- and Excel-intensive, and it can take as long as 14 minutes to process a single order. There are many tasks that are required by law, such as sanitation and liquor tax management, which puts a heavy burden on the back office. Not a single brewer has ever started a brewery because they wanted to do liquor tax," he said. Our mission is.Creating an environment where breweries can focus more on making beer."

Official website: ▶︎https://www.bestbeerjapan.com/

Craft Beer Platform's Next Challenge

Craft beer is growing in popularity and is expected to expand to a market of approximately 125 billion yen by 2026, when the liquor tax will be eased. Currently, however, breweries and stores deal directly with each other, and inefficiencies are occurring for both breweries and stores due to the absence of intermediary distribution.

Best Beer Japan isOffering ERP software that can automate brewery operations and Japan's first "ren barrel" barrel sharing system that can cut transportation costs in half.The next service to try isCraft beer platform dedicated to commercial stores that allows collective purchases from multiple breweriesThe Pre-registration has already begun for this one. ▶︎https://www.bestbeerjapan.com/ecplatform-preregistration/

Tatsuya Kawamura, President of LAUNCHPAD FUND, a seed fund managed by Headline Asia, which participated in the fundraising, said, "Beer is in a transitional period where it is shifting to a style of craft beer, not just a function of alcohol, and DX in this area is perfect for Peter. I was convinced in my gut that DX was the right fit for Peter. He commented.

List of investors who participated in the seed round

  • Headline Asia - LaunchPadFund Investment Limited Partnership
  • PE&HR Corporation - SocialEntrepreneur3 Investment Limited Partnership
  • Business Creation Capital Corporation - NBC Angel Fund No.2 Investment Limited Partnership
  • Akiyuki Minami (Chairman of the Board, Coconara Co., Ltd.)
  • Taihei Kobayashi (Sun* CEO)
  • Orizaria Corporation
  • Digital Hollywood University
  • Ms. Chikako Morimoto
  • Ken Soga
  • individual investor
  • individual investor
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