Barberry Inc

Barberry, Inc. manufactures a product called Fruta. The company used a standard cost system and has established the following standards for one unit of Fruta:

Standard Quality Standard Price/Rate Standard Cost
Direct Materials 1.5 pounds $6.00 per pound $ 9.00
Direct Labor 0.6 hours $12.00 per hour 7.20
Variable Man. Overhead 0.6 hours $2.50 per hour 1.50

During June, the company recorded this activity related to production of Fruta:

a. The company produced 3,000 units during June.
b. A total of 8,000 pounds of material were purchased at a cost of $46,000.
c. There was no beginning inventory of materials; however, at the end of the month, 2,000 pounds of material remained in ending inventory.
d. The company employs 10 persons to work on the production of Fruta. During June, they worked an average of 160 hours at an average of $12.50 per hour.
e. Variable manufacturing overhead is assigned to Fruta on the basis of direct labor-hours. Variable manufacturing overhead costs during June totaled $3,600.

The company’s management is anxious to determine the effieciency of Fruta production activities.

1. For direct materials:
a. Compute the price and quantiy variance.
b. The materials were purchased from a new supplier who is anxious to enter into a long-term purchase contract. Would you recommend that the company sign the contract? Why?
2. For labor employed in the production of Fruta:
a. Compute the rate and efficiency variances.
b. In the past, the 10 persons emploted in the production of Fruta consisted of 4 senior workers and 6 assistants. During June, the company experimented with 5 senior workers and 5 assistants. Would you recommend that the new labor mix be continued? Explain.
3. Compute the variable overhead rate and efficiency variances. What relation can you see between the efficiency variance and the labor efficiency variance?