The Food and Beverage Operations Strategies Summit to Drive Productivity and Profitability will host a number of great speakers on September 21st and 22nd and we are thrilled to have a long-time EMC Member, McCormick Canada Inc. sharing their experiences on adjusting to shifts in consumer demands.
A company steeped in over a 100 years of history, with a wide range of product lines that are purchased around the globe and an ongoing commitment to strive for excellence in processing, product development and building on the power of their people, this is a company that has a great deal of experience to share.
McCormick Canada is the largest Spice, Dry Sauce & Seasoning, Extract, and Specialty foods operation in the country. McCormick & Co. is a global leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, herbs, seasonings, specialty foods and flavours to the entire food industry.
In 1883, William Gorman and D.J. Dyson founded Gorman, Dyson & Company in London, Ontario, Canada. One of their original products was coffee. Within two years the product line saw additions of spices, extracts, and baking powder. With R.C. Eckert joining the firm in 1886 and D.J. Dyson leaving in 1890, the company was renamed Gorman, Eckert & Company. At this time, the business also expanded to include Spanish olives as a major product. By 1900, sales had almost reached $200,000 and a new four-story building was erected onClarence Street in London to accommodate the growing business. The product line expanded again to include catsup, salad dressings and mustard. In 1928, the company purchased I.X.L. Spice and Coffee Mills and additional products such as jelly powders, peanut butter, flavoured peanuts, and peanut brittle were added. In 1959 the company was purchased by McCormick & Co., of Baltimore and the name changed to Club House Foods Ltd. to reflect the company's major brand name "CLUB HOUSE". A merger with another McCormick & Co. acquisition (StangeCanada) subsequently changed the name for McCormick & Co.'s full Canadian branch to McCormick Canada Inc. The Club House Brand remains the largest and most significant product line for McCormick Canada Inc. Club House La Grille Montreal Steak Spice was introduced in 1990 and instantly loved across the country. In 2008, McCormick & Co. acquired Billy Bee Products Ltd. and moved production facilities to London, continuing to make life sweeter. Today, McCormick Canada is the largest Spice, Dry Sauce & Seasoning, Extract, and Specialty foods operation in the country. Recent product introductions like One Step Seasonings and the new Club House Ethnic Flavour's further show how Club House is providing a way to make great meals easier for Canadian families. Additionally, Billy Bee honey provides an all-natural, fat-free way to sweeten food and beverages. From appetizers to dessert, honey enhances healthy cooking.
(The photo above and to the right is of the McCormick manufacturing facility and corporate offices. The photo below is the Billy Bee facility and McCormick distribution centre.)
McCormick Canada has five pillars which they aim to emulate and fulfill in their business practices as follows:
- Passion for Flavour
- Power of People
- Taste you Trust
- Inspiring Healthy Choices
- Delivering High Performance
They are also committed to providing the best quality products by updating product formulas to provide consumers with healthy choices (no trans fats, no artificial colours or flavours, no added MSG, and reducing or removing sodium) and reducing waste in their manufacturing processes to help the environment (recycling and diverting waste that would go to a landfill, reducing packaging and focusing on energy conservation).
The McCormick Canada Team is utilizing High Performance Work systems, Continuous improvement team concepts, customer integration teams, Reliability and Six sigma systems.
We hope you will be able to join us at the Food and Beverage Operations Strategies Summit on September 21st as Kim Wolf, the Director of Manufacturing for McCormick in London, presents a Case Study on "Transforming Your Operations by Adjusting to Shifts in Consumer Demands". This is an opportunity to learn how McCormick Canada successfully aligned its operations to the shifts in consumer demand particularly during the economic slowdown and were able to capture profit. There will be discussion on what the new buying behaviours are and how to align your manufacturing capabilities to adjust to that change.
For more information on the upcoming Summit please click on the following link: http://www.emccanada.org/blogs/emcfoodsec/emcfoodsectornetworkfoodbeverageoperationsstrategy. Special EMC Rates are available - please contact me at any time at (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
On behalf of The Strategy Institute, McCormick, EMC Canada and all of the other innovative Leaders presenting at this Event, we encourage you to join us and take in the opportunity to connect with others, leverage some great ideas, and learn from business around the globe!
Have a great week!