Me and My Factory

Problem-solving through teamwork at Kellogg UK

By Noli Dinkovski

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Delivering a high-quality consistent product and a tireless quest to improve working practices are what drive Tony O’Brien on after seven years as plant director at Kellogg UK’s Manchester factory.

Having made Corn Flakes for the past 78 years, today, the Barton Dock Road site produces an impressive 1M boxes of cereal a day for both the UK and overseas markets.

In this exclusive interview – part of our Me and My Factory video profile series – O’Brien told that he was “constantly looking for ways to do the same thing, but better”​, which required working closely with teams of staff to generate ideas and turn them into “good quality, tangible solutions”​.

Greenfield aspiration

He went on to explain that investment had helped to modernise the factory, with the aspiration being that it would be viewed as a “greenfield site”​, allowing the business to compete with the most modern manufacturers.

To discover more about how O’Brien tackles the demands of handling about 105Mkg of product annually – pick up a copy of the August issue of Food Manufacture ​magazine​.

Meanwhile, employee engagement is also being used to boost productivity at Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) Wakefield factory.

In an exclusive video interview​, Trevor Newman, supply chain operations director at CCEP's Wakefield site, told​.uk ​how he used four key strategies to lift productivity.

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