Surviving the Perfect Storm in the Food Industry

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.


Mark Sutcliffe CDC Software Mark Sutcliffe is an authority on people-focused change management who is frequently asked to speak on leveraging human capital and successfully implementing new technologies. Mark founded MVI Technology, a software company that based a unique packaged consulting model for food corporations around the principles of the Toyota Production System, in 1991. MVI was acquired by CDC Software in 2006 and re-launched in 2007 as CDC Factory. As head of the CDC Factory division for CDC Software, the world’s 12th largest software corporation, he continues to drive strategy and the boundaries of productivity for food production and consumer products companies based on work conducted with experts from companies as diverse as Gillette, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Company. Mark also worked for Nestle early in his career.
CDC Software - Ross Enterprise
14 Apr 2008
01 Apr 2008
7 Page(s)
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