Strategy in action …
Synthesis was engaged by Food and Beverage Ontario (formerly the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors) to develop and deliver business management tools for Ontario food and beverage processors. Synthesis custom developed the Managing For Success workbook, which provides ‘best management practices’ (BMPs) training in eight key areas – from strategy and leadership to supply chain management.
In addition to creating business management content, the first phase of the project included facilitation of 40 one-on-one business assessments with owners and senior managers of food and beverage companies. This business management training was expanded to include three workshops, which Synthesis organized and facilitated.
The initial phase was completed in March 2012 and received extremely favourable reviews from participating companies. As a follow-up, resources are being developed to address the industry gaps identified and assist food and beverage companies to become better managed businesses through the adoption of BMPs. This includes a quarterly newsletter, website, training courses, webinars and a branding and marketing guide.