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OVALTINE IS FINAL SPEAKER TO BE CONFIRMED

09 May 2012

Theo Schmid of The Wander Group, manufacturer of Ovaltine for Europe, will speak about lean manufacturing in the food industry at Appetite for Engineering on 12 June

Theo will address the delegates at Appetite regarding lean manufacturing in the food and beverage industry, including Ovaltine's approach and its experiences thus far.

''As the manufacturer of Ovaltine for Europe, the company decided on a lean approach to our process about two years ago,'' Theo explains. ''We decided to go with a consultant from the automotive industry because it is very adavanced with respect to lean manufacturing.

''Our approach has been very pragmatic and we have focused on what needs to be done instead of what could be done. I will elaborate on the approach and show what results we have achieved so far. Furthermore I will show what we plan to do in the future.''

After gaining a degree in business administration Theo started his career at Wander AG, as Production Controller in the Ovaltine factory at Neuenegg. Between 1991 and 1998 he was CFO at Wander Philippines, then held the same role with Novartis Nutrition Benelux in Holland.

''Midway through 1998 I came back into the Swiss organisation as CFO for Wander/Novartis Consumer Health Switzerland,'' he explains. ''Since the end of 2003 I have been working as Head of Product Supply Management responsible for the factory including logistics, purchasing and quality control and as a member of the local executive committee.

''We produce Ovaltine for the European market and other branded products such as Options, Caotina as well as various industrial products.''



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