EMC Food Sector News
Chudleigh's Limited in Milton is a company well-positioned in its marketplace - at capacity and growing - and successful on many levels from engagement through continuous improvement and product development initiatives, to customer service. They thought they had all the right tools, processes and methodologies in place. However, they came to realize "the trouble with success is that once you are successful it is pretty hard to stay on top." When the need to change was realized, the Chudleigh's Team determined they needed to get "Back to Basics" so they could build a company that would last in future years to come.
Back to Basics and Built to Last
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When Chudleigh's Limited began their lean journey five years ago, the company recognized they would need major plant floor involvement to reach the next stage of efficiency, product development and innovation. Employees had little or limited knowledge regarding "lean" and the potential outcomes of a lean journey, so the Management Team endeavoured to develop a culture of engagement that would help them achieve their goals. They…
A recent article in the Globe and Mail cited the importance of employee engagement. Organizations with programs in place to encourage, recognize and celebrate employee contributions to company success saw a positive financial impact on the bottom line. With skilled labour becoming more and more difficult for some sectors to source — coupled with an aging workforce — attracting, building and retaining a motivated well-trained team is becoming paramount in our ongoing efforts to remain competitive today.
Over the course of the last thirty years, HFS - Healthcare Food Services has grown from servicing four hospitals with high-quality menu choices to producing over 6,200,000 meals servicing 50,000 beds in over 1,500 healthcare facilities nationwide! Located on the eastern edge of Ottawa, their growth has been phenomenal! Recently, they celebrated a 10th Anniversary in their new facility with due recognition by Management that growth of this nature could not have occurred without solid support…
We are really excited to announce 2 excellent opportunities for networking and best practice sharing that will make the month of April absolutely amazing! HFS - Healthcare Food Services in Ottawa will be sharing their experiences and success with "Reward and Recognition Programs", and Chudleigh's in Milton will highlight the importance of "Getting Back to Basics"!
These very special events promise those in the Food Sector an opportunity to glean thoughts and perspectives from peers in industry on some very important aspects of business today relating to culture, engagement and productivity.
We will be visiting with HFS - Healthcare Food Services and learning from not only their best practices with respect to Reward and Recognition Programs, but participants are also invited to take part in a tour of one of the most modern…
New Green & Rural Opportunities Summit to Highlight Farm & Food Industry Interests - London ON March 4-5, 2013
Hello Folks - this will be of interest to those of you who are leading-edge agricultural producers, commodity groups, fleet managers, rural municipalities, technology and service providers, research centres, and utilities.
The focus of the new Green Rural Opportunities Summit is a bold departure from successful and well-regarded Growing the Margins and Canadian Farm and Food Biogas conferences and exhibitions of recent years.
Attention now shifts to the users of green energy, clean technologies, bioproducts and byproducts, and how together players in these fields build the supply chain and connect the dots, from farm to consumer. Food processors and manufacturers will be particularly interested in many aspects…
Some exciting news from the IFPT (Institute of Food Processing Technology) at Conestoga College with respect to opportunities for Processors and Students who are participating in the Food Processing Technician program!
Positions are currently being posted for Student co-op work terms from May through August, 2013. This presents an excellent opportunity for both employers looking for co-op placements and for students in enhancing their skills in industry settings.
Benefits of Employing Co-op Students
We've donned our aprons and our EMC kitchen is ready to offer up a wonderful mix of Food and Beverage SIG Networking Events for 2013! Our Team has concocted a perfect recipe for a "chili" that is sure to urge you back for more! So, we encourage you to come hungry and we promise to do our best to whet your appetite with opportunities to learn and share!
Every good recipe has a key ingredient of sorts - and this year's plentiful prime component is a healthy dose of "Best Practices"!
To that end, we are absolutely thrilled to have so many companies sharing their journeys on a variety of topics from Continuous Improvement and Lean initiatives, to Health and Safety Programs, Reward and Recognition activities, and Leadership.
Supplementing the base of this special formula, is a mix of "savoury" plant tours! Some particular activities…
EMC Canada is pleased to be partnering once again with the Strategy Institute on a very special Summit for those in the Food and Beverage Industry. The 9th Annual North American "Food Safety" Summit will provide an excellent forum for Leaders in this Sector to hear speakers address and share best practices from industry innovators! This is an Event that you do not want to miss!
As mentioned above, the Excellence In Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is very pleased to be partnering with The Strategy Institute on the 9th Annual North American Summit on "Food Safety" - and invite you to mark your calendars for two wonderful days of learning and best practice sharing on March 6th and 7th, 2013 in Mississauga, Ontario!
This has been an incredible Summit year over year! It presents a unique opportunity to network with industry leaders, to share experiences and challenges…
Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Recruitment and Retention, Food Safety, Legislation and Regulations, Continuous Improvement and Lean... just a few of the topics that have been foremost in mind and discussion during the past year and promise to be equally relevant as 2013 begins to unfold!
Our Food Sector Networking activities have continued to grow year over year offering amazing opportunities for processors to meet others in industry - exploring solutions to challenges, taking in plant tours and learning from those who have experiences or processes to share! With close to 20 events this past year plus active participation in a variety of sector focused conferences, summits and forecasts - the year has been busy to say the least!
First and foremost, very special thanks to…
EMC Food Sector Network - Event Summary: Sustainable Strategies for Lean Initiatives, Energy Management and Your Carbon Footprint
Sustainable strategies for lean initiatives, energy management and reducing your carbon footprint! Regardless of the journey a company undertakes when it comes to being more environmentally focused, leadership remains key to driving commitment and engaging Team Members to undertake green projects and the opportunities are endless!
On behalf of Nottawasaga Futures and Bradford West-Gwillimbury Economic Development, EMC was very pleased to welcome Chad Metcalf, President of Value Stream Solutions to speak on Sustainable Strategies for Lean Initiatives and Scott McNeil-Smith, EMC's Director of Marketing & Development to address opportunities with respect to Energy Management and Your Carbon Footprint.
Chad opened our special event by challenging participants to think differently about the work that we do and to use…
Closing a plant is a huge endeavour and never an easy process. Whether because of growth or an inability to compete in today's every changing global marketplace - there are so many mitigating factors that company owners must weigh in their decisions to do the right thing. Large or small, companies form the basis of our communities and become an integral part of the fabric that makes up our towns and cities and much like a tree this trunk supports not only branches for the suppliers and customers of the organization, but also for the employees and their families, for the community perhaps by involvement in Chamber or Manufacturing Associations, for the municipality by economically contributing through taxes and utilities, and so forth... Sadly, like other plants before them, Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Brands in Peterborough recently had to make that very difficult decision.
After 40 years of business in Peterborough, the Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Brands plant outgrew its facilities and closed its doors for the final time on Friday, September 28th, 2012. This building held a very close-knit, engaged and well-trained staff of 80 employees who are now looking for employment opportunities. EMC was honoured, if not humbled, to work with the Management of Baskin Robbins and the Coaching Team in a very special networking opportunity designed to bring Employers and…
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