Inspiring flavorful food

Thursday, Oct. 22 Location Code
8:45am-1:15pm Departure area 3, 2nd floor ThT/05

Inspiring customers with flavors - growing people with heart & soul

Focus on developing a CI culture; success is evidenced by having a continually improved sustainable process; learn to align your leadership team focus on project management; how to implement structured communications at all levels with takt boards to help focus discussions.


On this tour, learn how Givaudan manages the material flow from the warehouse to/between processing areas cross-functionally by moving from a push system to a pull system. This has cut WIP material significantly (reducing wasted material by 80 percent) while making a much quicker process to pick its materials for production (reducing wasted time by 75 percent). Its journey hasn't been an easy one, but the company is seeing great results accompanied by an excitement within its workforce to implement right and sustainable change. Come and see how its journey is continuing to change the face of the Givaudan Devon facility.


Givaudan operates on a global basis and has two divisions: the Fragrance and Flavour divisions. The Fragrance division is divided into three business units: Fine Fragrances, Consumer Products and Fragrance Ingredients. The Flavour Division consists of four business units: Beverages, Dairy, Savoury and Sweet Goods. Both divisions maintain sales and marketing presence in all major countries and markets, and operate separate research and development organizations. "Our Vision is to be our customers' essential partner in developing sustainable fragrance and flavour creations by engaging with our customers in collaborative dialogues during the development, creation and refinement of their products."

Tour Host

Michelle Sears has been working in consumer goods manufacturing for 18 years. Prior to that, she was a helicopter mechanic and crew chief in the army. She holds a bachelor of science degree in manufacturing engineering technology and an MBA in technology management. Sears also has a lean manager certification from The Ohio State University and Productivity Inc. and has a lean six sigma green belt from Xavier University. She is also a TPM, kaizen and SMED facilitator.

All attendees must wear hard hats and hair nets.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No competitors
  • No recording devices
  • Hearing protection
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Other: See tour description
  • Safety glasses
  • Steel-toed shoes