Project #3- Sioux Falls Coffee, Inc.
Sioux Falls Coffee, Inc. (SFC) processes and distributes a variety of coffee. SFC buys coffee beans from around
the world and roasts, blends, and packages them for resale. Currently the firm offers 15 coffees to gourmet
shops in one-pound bags. The major cost is direct materials; however, a substantial amount of factory
overhead is incurred in the predominantly automated roasting and packing process. The company uses
relatively little direct labor.
Some of the coffees are very popular and sell in large volumes; a few of the newer brands have very low
volumes. SFC prices its coffee at full product cost, including allocated overhead, plus a markup of 30 percent.
If its prices for certain coffees are significantly higher than the market, CBI lowers its prices. The company
competes primarily on the quality of its products, but customers are price conscious as well.
Data for the 2017 budget include factory overhead of $3,000,000, which has been allocated by its current cost
system on the basis of each product’s direct labor cost. The budgeted direct labor cost for 2017 totals
$600,000. The firm budgeted $6,000,000 for purchases and use of direct materials (mostly coffee beans).
The budgeted direct costs for one-pound bags of two of the company’s products are as follows:
Direct Materials
Direct Labor Mona Loa
.30 Malaysian
.30 SFC’s controller, Wendy Weather, believes that its current product costing system could be providing
misleading cost information. She has developed this analysis of the 2017 budgeted factory overhead costs:
Materials handling
Quality control
Total Factory Overhead Cost Driver
Purchase orders
Roasting hours
Blending hours
Packaging hours Budgeted Activity
26,000 Budgeted Cost
$3,000,000 Data regarding the 2017 production of two of its lines, Mona Loa and Malaysian, follow. There is no beginning
or ending direct materials inventory for either of these coffees.
Budgeted sales
Batch size
Purchase order size
Roasting time
Blending time
Packaging time Mona Loa
100,000 pounds
10,000 pounds
3 per batch
25,000 pounds
1 hour per 100 pounds
.5 hour per 100 pounds
.1 hour per 100 pounds Malaysian
2,000 pounds
500 pounds
3 per batch
500 pounds
1 hour per 100 pounds
.5 hour per 100 pounds
.1 hour per 100 pounds Complete the following requirements fully- show your computations and round to nearest cent. I
highly recommend completing this assignment on Excel. Complete the spreadsheet as if it is to be
read and used by a supervisor (label your information). Use Text Boxes to insert your written
information and answer the questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. Save your file with your last
name and project (ex. WhitleyABC) and upload to LMS.
1. Using Sioux Falls Inc.’s current product costing system,
a. Determine the company’s predetermined overhead rate using direct labor cost as the single
cost driver.
b. Determine the total product costs and selling prices of one pound of Mona Loa coffee and one
pound of Malaysian coffee (materials, labor, and applied overhead).
2. Using an activity-based costing approach, develop a new product cost for one pound of Mona Loa
coffee and one pound of Malaysian coffee (calculate budgeted activity rates and then apply to each
a. Determine the activity rate for each overhead activity.
b. Determine the total product costs of one pound of Mona Loa coffee and one pound of
Malaysian coffee using the activity rates (materials, labor, and applied activity rates).
3. Compare the current system results with the ABC results. What are the implications of the activitybased costing system with respect to SFC’s pricing and product mix strategies? How does ABC add to
SFC’s competitive advantage?
4. Assume now that Mona Loa and Malaysian are the only two products at SFC. Also, now include the
following additional information about the practical capacity Sioux Falls Coffee has in each of its
activities. For example, currently SFC has total practical capacity for processing 1,400 purchase orders,
2,400 setups, etc. These are the levels of activity work that are sustainable.
Materials handling
Quality control
Packaging Practical Capacity
30,000 5. For each activity, determine the activity rates based on practical capacity, current usage percentage,
and the cost of unused capacity. Also indicate the total cost of unused capacity.
6. Explain the strategic role of the information you have developed in part 5.
7. Assume the same information used in parts 5 and 6, but now assume also that the costs in the
purchasing activity consists entirely of the cost of 8 employees; the cost in materials handling consists
entirely of the cost of 20 employees; the cost of quality control consists entirely of the cost of 4
employees; the cost of roasting and blending consists entirely of the costs of machines – 10 roasting
machines and 10 blending machines; and the cost of packaging consists entirely of the cost of 3
employees. In your analysis assume that each employee (or machine) contributes an equal share to
the work of the activity. How many “unused” employees/machines do you have? Based on this
additional information, what can you now advise management about utilization of capacity?