Princes Foods

Princes Foods is one of the world’s leading suppliers of food and drink products. With a diverse portfolio of products including many household names, the company supplies to major supermarkets across the world. Owned by the Mitsubishi Group since 1989 the company continues to grow both organically and through acquisition. Princes Food brands include: Napolina, Flora, Batchelors, Branston, Aqua Pura, Crosse & Blackwell, Cookeen and Shippams. It’s own branded products are well established household names across the world. They are committed to producing quality branded and customer own brand products that deliver innovation and convenience to meet changing consumer needs.

Lean and continuous improvement has been applied across the sites to help them deliver improved value for their customers. On the visit you will see excellent visual management, workplace organisation and how they have used lean tools to drive cost reduction and process improvements. You will also see how Princes have achieved excellent levels of engagement through training and communication to support their CI activities.

Visits to Princes take place across three different sites:

Belvedere Site – Edible Oils
The site at Belvedere is where Princes blends and bottles their customers own-brand products. These products include olive oils, balsamic vinegar and speciality oils. The products are processed and bottled in glass bottles, PET bottles, bulk containers and tins.

Eden Valley Site – Mineral Water
Set in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, the Eden Valley site draws natural mineral water from what is believed to be one of Europe’s largest aquifers.
The purity of our accredited natural mineral water sources is protected because the site is set in an EU Special Area of Conservation. As well as producing our Aqua Pura natural mineral water, Eden Valley produces a wide range of customer own brand water in several bottle sizes, multipacks and display units.

Bradford Site – Soft Drinks
The site is a leading producer of customer own-brand carbonated soft drinks, offering a large variety of flavours and pack formats. From here they we also produce branded products including the Barracloughs range of traditional carbonates and Geebee fruit carbonates. Bradford is a centre of excellence for fruit squash, manufacturing products for our Jucee, Geebee and Wells brands. The site also supplies an extensive range of small bottle juice drinks and sports drink products.

Visit in 60 seconds / Awards

Six Sigma…Lean Manufacturing…Visual Management…Quality…Employee Engagement…Just in Time…People & Engagement…Kanban…Process Improvement

Visit agenda

9.30  Arrival & Welcome

09.45 Overview of Princes & Edible Oils

10.15 Engaging people​​

10.40 Refreshment Break

10.50 Site Tour/Taste Panel​​

13.00 Lunch & Networking

13.40 Continuous Improvement & Lean​​

14.00 Review & Feedback

14.30 Close