World Class Manufacturing

Proud of what we do, Proud of how our Customers regard us !

Here at Aimia Foods we run a manufacturing business that is World Class in terms of both quality and consistency. Our dedication to continuous improvement borders on the obsessive. We have won numerous awards and accolades most impressive of which was the recent awarding of the unannounced BRC accreditation following a two day audit for the second year running. This makes us one of only a handful of food companies to have reached such a standard.

We have 548 Customers and 461 SKU’s. We are a very diverse business.

 

Process

Here at Aimia Foods the leaders of the business have taken the Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen ways of thinking to create a best in class systems of continuous improvement. We benchmark ourselves against other organisations. In 2003 we undertook best factory tours of  Japan (Toyota & Honda) and America (UPS & Steinway) in order to gain best practice knowledge of their 5s and culture. These powerful tools have allowed our leaders to eradicate non added value streams, increase capacity through streamlining and keep processes under tight control. We are also passionate about 5S which we have adapted to 6S (to include Safety), TPM which is based around productive maintenance, SMED which reduces change over times, improves productivity, reduce speed loss, achieve Conformance to Plan and measure it all through OEE.

Combined with a program of substantial investment over the last few years, the results are astonishing which has seen us working closely and proudly with some of the big blue chip companies and brand owners. At Aimia Foods we pride ourselves on working to both wow and delight our customers.

 

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Lean Six Sigma tools are deployed in both operational and non-operational areas. We deploy our KPI’s and strategy via a Hoshin Matrix. Here at Aimia Foods, each employee receives an appraisal linked to the goals and values set by the Board of Directors. Goals and values are clearly displayed for our staff to see. They get communicated via cascade briefs. This is when we stop production for 30 minutes every 3 months to communicate the company performance and strategy.

 

A daily quest

Here at Aimia Foods, every single working day begins with an assessment of the previous day’s performance through the use of shop floor performance meetings. These take place around production line activity boards. The aim is to clear up any issues, set priorities for the current shift and remove potential pressure points. This allows the teams also to look at areas for improvement. A weekly review meeting is then held to discuss details in greater depth. To make our data easily identifiable we use “Andon boards”. We also make use of a regular ‘Kaizen hour’ where each area of the business has a planned stoppage and everybody has the chance to contribute their own ideas.

 

People

At Aimia we believe that everything starts and ends with the right people. Culture is everything.  An Investor in People for more than ten years, Aimia Foods also recruits the very best specialists from around the food industry to head up various departments.

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.

 

 

Award Winning Company

 

Aimia Foods was crowned Factory of the Year at the Best Factory Awards in 2012

 

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