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CFA Manufacturing Improvement Club - FT0356

A "waste minimisation" study was carried out on behalf of Defra in collaboration with the Chilled Foods Association to identify the root causes of waste generated within the chilled food manufacturing industry. Its principle conclusion was that waste could be significantly reduced over time through implementing changes to management and workforce practices and the adoption of continuous improvement / world class manufacturing techniques. This conclusion was accepted by the CFA members but with some reservations and it is clear that demonstrations of the effectiveness of the proposed approach is needed. A review by Defra, LINK team, the CFA and the waste minimisation study team recommended that a club should be established to act as a vehicle to encourage manufacturing sites to participate in demonstrator pilots and to share the learning / experience with the industry. The strategic aim is to explore and demonstrate what can be achieved through improving practices rather than technology in order to encourage industry to adopt good practices.

This project will establish the club by doing the following:
- initially recruit up to four members who are each willing to undertake pilot improvement activities modelled upon PICME's industry forum approach.
- define and scope appropriate pilot activities at each member site
- facilitate the improvement activities, quantifying benefits and training member employees along the way
- arrange and deliver a best practices / pilot experience sharing event for the industry
- recruit a second phase of three members to widen the range of demonstrators and encourage companies to implement the learning from the first phase of pilots
- define, scope and facilitate these second phase pilots
- arrange and deliver a second best practices / pilot sharing event for the industry
- establish a best practices sharing forum for club members
- raise awareness of the benefits of continuous improvement via contributions to a CFA newsletter
- encourage the club to evolve as a sustainable vehicle for developing and sharing best practice in manufacturing performance improvement.
1. Recruit up to 4 companies / sites into the proposed club during the first year.
2. Run the proposed club as a net working and best practice sharing forum in line with member requirements
3. Facilitate up to 4 PICME pilot improvement activities, e.g. Masterclasses, over the first 15 months at member sites to demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.
4. Quantify benefits achieved in each pilot activity and produce a simple case study for each upon completion that participating company is willing to release
5. Hold two events to share the learning and demonstrate the benefits arising from the pilot activities, one after 12 – 15 months and one after 24 – 27 months.
6. Recruit up to a further 3 companies into the proposed club during the second year and deliver further pilots, case studies and the second shared learning event mentioned in objective 5.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2006

To: 2008

Cost: £97,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Process Industries Centre for Manufacturing Excellence
Food and Drink              
Food Industry Sustainability Strategy              
Food manufacturing industry              
Food Quality              
Manufacturing Efficiency              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain