Pernod Ricard to introduce AI and machine learning

Complexica, an Australian provider of Artificial Intelligence software, has announced that it has signed a contract with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to deliver advanced Artificial Intelligence and machine learning capabilities to various supply chain and production functions.

The project is a significant investment, establishing a long-term partnership which will transition Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ operation away from paper, whiteboard, and spreadsheet-based systems, towards Complexica’s cloud-based applications for planning, scheduling, and push/pull optimisation.

“After conducting an evaluation and assessment process earlier this year, we have selected Complexica as our vendor of choice for our AI Foundations project, which will seek to optimise our business performance, by enhancing decision making and improving our ways of working, while making work safer for our employees. We wanted to partner with an organisation that could provide global thought leadership on applied Artificial Intelligence – particularly in areas such as global optimisation and multi-objective optimisation – and had a deep appreciation of winemaking production processes, and the inherent complexities that exist within supply chains. We found that partner in Complexica and look forward to working together in the years ahead,” Brett McKinnon, Global Operations Director at Pernod Ricard Winemakers said.

Pernod Ricard Winemakers is the premium wine division of Pernod Ricard and boasts one of the world’s most diverse portfolios of premium wines such as Jacob’s Creek in Australia, Brancott Estate in New Zealand, Campo Viejo from Spain and Kenwood Vineyards & Mumm Napa in California. Pernod Ricard Winemakers employs more than 1,700 people and sets the benchmark in winemaking through innovation, craftsmanship and authenticity.

“Optimising supply chain decisions across multiple operating sites and time horizons is a difficult and complex undertaking, but one that can drive significant benefits in areas such as asset utilisation, volume throughput, quality, and working capital requirements. Applying Artificial Intelligence software to such challenging problems is our core competency as a business, and we look forward to working with Pernod Ricard Winemakers to realise the end-state vision of optimised decision-making across their end-to-end supply chain,” Matt Michalewicz, CEO of Complexica said.