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Change management consultant Reliable Manufacturing has helped food manufacturer Bakkavor to achieve improvements in output and efficiency at two of its Lincolnshire operations.

Bakkavor is an international food-manufacturing group specialising in freshly prepared foods and produce.

Its Fresh Meals Solutions division makes prepared meals for the major supermarket chains and has two sites in Lincolnshire: ‘Cucina’ in Boston and ‘Freshcook’ in Holbeach.

The economic downturn had put the company under pressure to introduce synergies across the two factories in order to improve productivity and profitability.

Bakkavor approached specialist change management consultant Reliable Manufacturing to implement its Rapid Transformation Programme to engage the company’s people in proactive problem solving and improvement action.

The programme incorporates a series of engagement workshops, featuring the Manufacturing Game, a proven industry-developed simulation for accelerated learning, designed to help drive change across an organisation.

According to Bakkavor, it has experienced a full return of investment in less than nine months and the workshops have transformed key working relationships.

According to Reliable Manufacturing, the workshops allowed the Bakkavor executive and middle management teams to simulate real-life scenarios from their business and to establish the principles of ‘systems thinking’: how the actions of one area impacts another area of the business.

As a result, improvement teams were launched to address a range of specific problem opportunities – from changes in the supply of raw materials, through to improvements within the invoicing system.

The benefits have shown through in improved output, better yields and reduced costs.

Following the rapid turnaround in culture and performance, other Bakkavor businesses are now exploring the benefit of the programme for their operations.

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