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Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Year

Last updated on 07-Dec-2011 at 14:52 GMT2011-12-07T14:52:28Z

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Shortlisted: Fruitapeel and Kraft Foods

Winner: Kraft Foods

Kraft's soluble coffee operation at Banbury continues to drive productivity improvements. In just three years it has completely turned around plant performance, delivering a 22% reduction in fixed cost per tonne, with gains in both energy reduction and improvements to yield. The judges said it was a very worthy winner and remarked: "Kraft showed real clarity in the way it delivered results. It demonstrated good examples of process innovation, using simple approaches which involved a lot of rigour.