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.