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Lean food manufacturing webinar: still time to register

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Lean and green manufacturing and evaluation processes will be the focus of tomorrow’s webinar
Lean and green manufacturing and evaluation processes will be the focus of tomorrow’s webinar

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Lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes will be the focus of Food Manufacture’s free, one-hour webinar tomorrow (Tuesday April 26) at 11am and there’s still time to register ahead of the online event featuring Marks & Spencer and Greencore.

Taking part in the webinar​ will be Marks & Spencer (M&S) head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A Louise Nicolls and Greencore’s group technical director Helen Sisson.

The retailer’s sourcing boss will explain what M&S expects from its suppliers in terms of lean, green and ethical manufacturing standards.

What M&S expects from its suppliers

Nicholls will also explain how the pioneering retailer’s evaluation processes have evolved to lift manufacturing standards across a range of food and drink suppliers.

The Greencore boss will focus on how lean and green manufacturing techniques have delivered quantifiable benefits to the convenience food manufacturer. Key to the success of implementing lean manufacturing techniques was motivating and engaging staff, Sisson will explain.

Also taking part in the webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential​ – will be Jeremy Praud, partner at Lauras International, which is sponsoring the webinar, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) improvement specialist, Simon Spanyol.

Quantify the typical benefits

The Lauras boss will quantify the typical benefits of implementing a lean production programme, together with an indication of over what time frame benefits should begin to accrue.

Spanyol will draw on his many years’ of experience with Mars and elsewhere to focus on the practical implementation of lean programmes.

Register for your free webinar place here. All registrants will receive an email 15 minutes before the presentation, prompting them to log in to the webinar. A second email will be sent when the webinar starts at 11am tomorrow.

The webinar will consist of brief presentations on the theme of lean and green food manufacturing, evaluation and retail, before a question and answer session.

Delegates can put a question to our panel during the presentation or submit one in advance here​.

Meanwhile, don’t miss what our speakers said about lean and green, ahead of their webinar presentations in the panel below.


What our panel says about lean and green food manufacturing

Louise Nicolls​, M&S:

  • “M&S has stringent entry requirements to do business with us. Those included: integrity audits, food safety audits, ethical audits and specific audits for the farming sector.”
  • “We wanted to prove to suppliers we would recognise and reward those facilities with leading standards.”

Helen Sisson​, Greencore:

  • “One of our key aims, which is encapsulated in The Greencore Way, is to maximise our business effectiveness through operating as a lean enterprise right across the supply chain.”
  • “The Lean Environment programme has been developed to deliver a targeted, structured approach to environmental performance improvement across the Greencore Group.”

Jeremy Praud​, partner at Lauras International:

  • “Working together with the auditor for mutual benefit is vital. But the ultimate goal is to ‘go beyond compliance’ with the audit to make sustainable improvement that helps grow the business.”
  • “Championing lean and green within the organisation, engagement and ownership are critical to success and sustainability.”

Simon Spanyol,​ FMCG improvement specialist

“Engage people – use your whole workforce for improvement. Encourage ownership through measures, appraisals and agreed targets. Give them the tools and enough time to solve problems.”

Reserve your free place at the webinar here​.

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