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Handbook of Lean Manufacturing in the Food Industry

Handbook of Lean Manufacturing in the Food Industry

Michael Dudbridge

ISBN: 978-1-405-18367-3 April 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 240 Pages


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The principles of lean manufacturing – increasing efficiency, reducing waste, lowering costs and improving control – may be applied to any industry. However, the food industry is unique, and creates unique demands. The political, social and economic importance of food is unrivalled by any other form of produce, as is the scrutiny to which the manufacture of food is subjected. For the food industry, lean manufacturing is not simply a cost-saving strategy, but is directly linked to issues of sustainability, the environment, ethics and public accountability.

Handbook of Lean Manufacturing in the Food Industry is a major new source of information and ideas for those working in food manufacturing. Offering a fresh and modern perspective on best practice, it points the way to fewer breakdowns, reduced quality faults, improved teamwork and increased profits. With a focus on operations management and new process development, the book is accessible and easy to read, and is complemented by a wealth of practical examples drawn from industry. The author’s conversational style and questioning approach will be invaluable to food manufacturers who are seeking solutions to fundamental issues.  

The book is directed at those who are working in food manufacturing or the wider food industry, particularly factory operations managers and training teams who are looking for resources to help with lean manufacturing implementations. Others in the supply chain, from producers to retailers, will also find it invaluable. The book is a clear and timely introduction for students and lecturers in food science and technology who want to access the reality of lean manufacturing as well as the theory.


The National Centre for Food Manufacturing.

About the author.


1 The food industry.

2 First steps to Lean Manufacturing.

3 Teamwork and the development of solutions.

4 Starting to measure and quantify performance.

5 Applying workplace organisation in the food industry.

6 Improving flexibility and responsiveness.

7 Improving what we do.

8 Improving how we do things.

9 Planning the operation.

10 Start of shift meetings.

11 The seven wastes in the food industry.

12 How can we make machines work better?

13 How can we let people contribute more?

14 How good are we?

Appendix 1.

Appendix 2.

Appendix 3.


"This accessible handbook offers ideas for using lean principles in food manufacturing, focusing on operations management, new process development, and practical examples." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)

"It is a readable, practical guide to the implementation of lean ideas in your factory." (Food Manufacture, 1 March 2011)

- the only book to present the principles of lean manufacturing as they can be applied to food manufacturing

- explores strategies suitable for different sectors of the industry – eg short life and long life products

- suitable as companion to training and education courses