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On June 7th, LI Europe was delighted to present papers on ‘Lean Behaviours’ and ‘Lean Audits’ at the Inaugural Food & Drink Engineering Summit in Birmingham.

Erica Bassford discussed how food and drink businesses can deliver on the promise of Lean by developing skills, behaviours, and effective management models.

With more than 25 years operational experience gained in international manufacturing organisations, Erica is extremely effective at generating positive behavioural changes to individuals at all levels of an organisation through her training, coaching, and guidance.


Her seminar focused on why behaviours are difficult to change, and how managers need leadership training to equip them with the tools to:

  • Challenge beliefs and support the development of competencies through practice and repetition
  • Manage conflict confidently and effectively to bring about change, and
  • Set accountabilities that are clearly defined, cared about, and the implications understood.

Check out her full presentation on how to nurture Lean Behaviours:

Lean Behaviours: Food & Drink Engineering Summit. from LIInternational



Later in the day, Jeremy Praud presented his paper on the topical subject of the retailers’ new ‘Lean Audits for Food Manufacturers’. This presentation was also broadcast during the Lean & Green Webinar, hosted by Food Manufacture and featuring speakers from Greencore, Marks & Spencer’s. To listen to the full debate, register here.


Firstly, Reckitt Benckiser and LI pulled together to improve efficiency levels and there was a focus on both external and internal resources. Before LI arrived efficiency was not good. Secondly, there was good methodology and training using operators to support its implementation. Thirdly, there was daily and hourly focusing on performance. Since LI left, improvements have been sustained.

Bart Derde, Supply Projects Director (Europe), Reckitt Benckiser

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