Surviving the Perfect Storm in the Food Industry
This paper presents an executive perspective on the underlying challenges in the food industry. It suggests a practical agenda for a strategic and tactical response through systematic introduction of lean and continuous improvement techniques and daily operating best practices. The result is breakthrough performance improvements due to engaged employees working with real-time operational performance data. With real examples from food processors, the paper discusses how use of techniques under the heading of Breakthrough Performance combined with measures of people-based performance that are used widely in other industries has initiated a quiet revolution in food plants in the U.S. and Europe during the past 18 months.