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Food & Beverage Consulting

The Food and Beverage Industry and the Cannsult Value Proposition

Cannsult Understands the Food and Beverage Industry...

Cannsult has worked with some of the most prominent players in the Food and Beverage industry, startups, and entrepreneurial ventures. We have supported organizations in various sub-sectors such as agriculture, food, and flavors processing and distillation. Continuous improvement has a significant impact on this industry. By striving for ongoing enhancements in various areas, such as quality, efficiency, safety, and sustainability, businesses in this industry can gain a competitive edge and meet the evolving needs of consumers.

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Require strategic planning, agility, innovation, collaboration, and a customer-centric approach. Companies that can effectively navigate these obstacles are better positioned to thrive in this dynamic industry. Current challenges include:

  • Changing Consumer Preferences.

  • Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance.

  • Supply Chain Disruptions.

  • Cost Pressures.

  • Sustainability and Environmental Impact.

  • Technological Advancements.

  • Competitive Landscape.

  • Labor Shortages and Skills Gap.

Similarities between Food and Beverage and other industries

When creating a culture of Continuous Improvement, in some ways, the Food and Beverage industry is no different from any other industry in that the same high-level steps apply.


Those steps are:

1) Discovery & Planning: Understanding the Organization's Goals and Current Scenario, White Belt training for the whole organization.

2) Prepare Leaders & Infrastructure: Establish Steering Committee, Functional Leaders complete Blue Belt (Sponsor) Training, Create Functional high-level process maps and identify KPIs.

3) Implement Daily Problem-Solving: Prioritize and plan for functional daily problem-solving, frontline employees and supervisors complete Yellow Belt training.

4) Launch and Support Root Cause Analysis Projects; Team Leaders or selected participants complete Green Belt training.


Green Belt projects are launched and supported by leadership.

Cannsult Improvement Examples (Quick Version): FOOD and BEVERAGE

  • The Citrus Distillation process improved from 4 steps (65 hours) to 2 steps (24 hours).

  • Decreased material costs from $774k to $574k.

  • Improved Distillation Process Yield from 3.7% to 63%.

  • Improved Liquid Materials Flow and Returns.

  • Reduced Shop Floor Discards.

  • Reduced Quality Discards.

  • Reduced Cycle Time for Raw Materials Compounding.

  • Improved Material Flow Efficiency: Admin and Shipping.

  • Utility Cost Reduction.

  • IT Procurement Support Center Harmonization.

  • Improved Accuracy of Inventory Data.

  • Improved Local and Regional Consumer Products Cycle Time.

  • Increased Efficiency and Quality of Difficult to Make Items.

  • Improved Heat Room Layout and Sourcing.

  • Increased Material Optimization.

  • Increased Pouring Utilization. (Consumption of Full Packs and Pack Reduction)

  • Reduced Replenishment Defects.

  • Improved Large Batch Throughput.

  • Reduced Consumable Costs (by $22k) and Increased Capacity by 35%.

  • Increased Automated Compounding.

  • Reduction of Large Batch Shortages. ($110k savings)

  • Reduced Equipment Idle Time.

  • Reduced Internal Non-Conformances.

  • Reduced Robot Processing Defects.

  • Supply Chain Improvement: Increase Raw Materials available 48 Hours before Due Date.

  • Reduced Cycle Time and Increased Accuracy of Order Entry.

4 Basic Steps: How we work with you to improve your organization - FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Step 01: Discovery and Planning 

  • Understand the organization.

  • Understand your organizational goals.

  • Understand current challenges and risks facing your organization.

  • Meet the team and understand resource constraints.

  • Prepare a high-level plan including scope, timeline, resources required, and expected ROI.

  • Solidify Statement of Work.

Step 02: Prepare Leaders and Infrastructure

  • Understand current infrastructure to support improvements. (if any)

  • Identify internal Continuous Improvement Lead(s).

  • Meet with each Departmental or Business Unit Leader. (in scope)

  • Perform an initial Assessment to identify opportunities and to be used as a baseline.

  • For each Department/Business Unit:
    - Create a high-level process map
    - Identify KPIs. (Aligned with Organizational goals)
    - Establish Visual Performance Management. (A graphical representation of KPIs)
    - Perform a Gap/Opportunity Assessment.

  • Prioritize Gaps and Opportunities.

  • Provide training to leaders (Sponsors, Champions) who will be supporting the Improvement Teams. (2-day training)

  • Provide stakeholder training: a high-level overview of the method, tools, and terminology
    to ensure organizational alignment. (2-hour training)

Step 03: Implement Daily Problem-Solving

  • Select initial areas of focus, Departments, Functions, or Work Areas). Which may include core
    functions, Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, and Concierge. And/or support functions,
    HR, Technology, Finance/Accounting, Legal, etc.

  • Prioritize and scope based on impact on organizational goals, logical sequence, and resource availability.

  • Select initial daily problem-solving teams.

  • Provide training for daily problem-solving teams. (5-day training)

  • Implement Daily Problem-Solving and Visual Performance Management in each
    selected area.

  • Identify issues to be escalated; issues that require a higher skill level to resolve. (E.g.,
    cross-functional issues, high complexity, high risk, high cost, etc.)

Step 04: Root Cause Analysis Projects

  • With Departmental Leaders, prioritize escalated issues based on impact, logical sequence, and resource availability.

  • Select initial Root Cause Analysis (Green Belt) teams.

  • Provide Green Belt Training (Root Cause Analysis project training) for selected team members; Projects launched during training. (8-day training) 

  • Provide project direction and support throughout the project duration. (Estimate 3 to 4 months for each improvement project)

  • Provide direction and support through project closure.

  • Validate improvement results and calculate ROI.

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