Outsourcing

Strategic outsourcing solutions –
Production partnership arrangements

Do you have the need for specialist manufacturing or contract packing services?

Aimia Foods is a UK based, award winning business with specialist manufacturing expertise.

With more than thirty years of experience, our business delivers manufacturing services that complement the needs of large and small companies.

Our clients include several international blue chip organisations and UK based food and non-food companies.

In addition we have undertaken full licensing agreements with Blue Chip brands including Mars, Weight Watchers and No Fear.

Production facilities

  • Production facilities totalling 160,000 sq. ft. across two purpose built sites.
  • Computer managed warehousing delivers support to both Production and Supply Chain.
  • BRC Global Standard FOOD Issue 5, Accreditation to Grade A+.
  • A proven track record in the co–pack/co–manufacturing arenas.
  • Long–standing relationships with major Blue Chip Clients.
  • Excellent road links – facilities 1/2 mile from the M6 motorway.
  • In house QA, QC, Planning, Production Management.
  • Bespoke solutions e.g. integration of your existing plant machinery.

Intelligent solutions

As a specialist food and drink manufacturer in our own right, we don’t just provide production facilities but a wide range of value added intelligent solutions.

  • In house Research and Development.
  • QA and QC functions with direct reporting lines to Managing Director.
  • A Purchasing Team who can provide a ‘Full Supply’ as opposed to simple Free Issue service, thus adding further value.
  • Dedicated HR to manage one of our most valued resources.
  • A Production Planning Team which uses MRP and MRPII to manage the complexity of work through the business, along with customer bespoke systems.
  • A Project Management Team to interface with all aspects of your business.
  • Sales, Marketing and Distribution services mean we can take your product direct to market.

Production competencies

  • Food & Non Food
  • Blending and packing of dry powder products
  • Blending and packing of liquid concentrates
  • Powder agglomeration

Packing competencies

  • Single Serve Sticks
  • Sachets (Wet or Dry)
  • Pouch Pack
  • Composites
  • Retail / Catering Jars
  • Cartoning
  • Multihead Weighing
  • Vertical Form Fill and Seal
  • Horizontal Form Fill and Seal
  • ‘Turnkey’ facilities for full outsourcing

Flexibility via full outsourcing

Many global businesses are outsourcing the production of components or finished products to create flexibility and reduce fixed operational costs.

Aimia Foods manage medium and long term outsourcing contracts for global household names. Our outsourcing solutions:

  • Can reduce your capital & plant investment.
  • Mitigate risk through contractual partnership.
  • Free space in your plant providing the opportunity to re–equip and update facilities for other production tasks.
  • Reduce managerial supervision of production, facilitating resource re–allocation e.g. towards R&D.

Outsourcing can be done quickly with turnkey standalone facilities available. Our outsourcing contracts provide flexibility and peace of mind.

We can demonstrate via case study how production operations can be up and running in less than six months.

Lean and Six Sigma

Aimia Foods production systems utilise the Lean and Six Sigma methodology to continually improve our production lines based on the Toyota Production systems.

Lean principles tackle the wastage elements by removing non added value streams in our processes. This is where we utilise techniques such as Kaizen which are improvements, 5S which is a work place organisational tool, TPM which is based around productive maintenance, SMED which reduces changeovers and all measured through OEE.

OEE is a world class measuring KPI derived from the plant “Availability”, its machine “Performance” and product “Quality” outputs.

Six Sigma is the application of problem solving and statistical analysis techniques in working through the Define, Measures, Analyse, Improve and Control cycle of process improvements with the aim of eliminating process defects and process variation.

Combining Six Sigma with Lean principles makes a powerful tool to remove non added value streams, increasing capacity and keep processes under control.

Staff knowledge is key to its success and accredited leaders to coach and mentor the Lean Six Sigma journey as part of the strategy.

At Aimia Foods all staff are empowered to learn and get involved in process improvements. Lean Six Sigma operates on a colour belt structure starting at yellow belt, following onto green belt and finishing at black belt. Master black belt is the highest accolade and awarded when evidence of multi projects and ranking structure are demonstrated and in operation.

Want to Know More?

Contact our Outsourcing experts - they're happy to help

Jon Hunt

Co-pack and Outsourcing Manager

email: jonathan.hunt@aimiafoods.com

Jonathan Lee

Business Manager - Co-Pack & Outsourcing

email: jonathan.lee@aimiafoods.com

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