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Ambient Manufacturing Company of the Year

Last updated on 07-Dec-2011 at 14:32 GMT2011-12-07T14:32:14Z

Sponsored by: Silverstone Search & Selection

Shortlisted: AB World Foods, Premier Foods, Thorntons and Weetabix

Winner: Weetabix

Through strong employee engagement, Weetabix has achieved some tremendous improvements in its production activities. This has seen output increased by over 40%; waste reduced by 80%; improved product quality; a 60% reduction in complaints; and reduced energy use.

Weetabix's management team built a detailed improvement plan in which all personnel were trained in 'rapid lean tools'. The judges remarked: "Weetabix demonstrated clear improvement over the past year. They have put a good, structured training programme in place, which has developed the rest of the business."