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V&S goes live on Planscape Production Planner in Denmark and Sweden

STOCKHOLM - May 15, 2007 -- Planscape Technologies, a leading provider of demand-driven production planning solutions for the food, beverage and CPG industries, announced today that V&S, one of the world’s largest spirit companies, went live during the first quarter of 2007 with Planscape Production Planner (P3) for its bottling plants in Denmark and Sweden.

To produce its wide variety of spirit items, V&S must go through numerous liquid and bottle changes over time. V&S embarked on this project to better address capacity and material constraints in their production planning process and to close gaps in the information flow from demand forecast to production to material purchasing.

“Planscape Production Planner has already provided us with excellent visibility into any challenges for us to meet our customer demands with our existing production capabilities,” says Mikael Andersson, Supply Chain Director at V&S Distillers Operations. “The system’s ability to dynamically balance and optimize inventory towards capacity is a strategic and important enabler in the reduction of finished goods and material inventories and production costs while maintaining our traditionally high delivery performance. To date, we have already seen improvements in the areas of enabling reduced planning cycle time and improved inventory turnover. We also see that we have more to learn and develop relating to understanding and managing parameter settings in this type of dynamic planning process”

“Industry analysts have identified manufacturing cost reduction and improved capacity utilization as important priorities for food, beverage, and CPG manufacturers today,” according to Charlie Marge, Planscape’s VP of Solutions. “By deploying our unique technology, companies like V&S are giving themselves a competitive edge when it comes to optimizing production and inventory over an extended horizon of weeks and months. We look forward to helping V&S gain maximum value from the Planscape solution as their business grows and changes.”

The Planscape solution was implemented at V&S in cooperation with ROCE Partners, the Nordic’s leading consulting firm in improvement of supply chain management performance.

About V&S Group

V&S Group is a Swedish-owned leading producer and distributor of spirits and wine in Northern Europe, and one of the world’s ten largest international spirits companies. The product portfolio includes own brands for local, regional and international sales, as well as agency products. The Group has operations in 10 countries and worldwide distribution on 126 markets. The most important brand is ABSOLUT, the fourth largest international premium spirits brand in the world. The Group has approximately 2,300 employees and sales in 2006 amounted to SEK 10.3 billion (USD 1.5 billion).

For more information about V&S, visit www.vsgroup.com.