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THE FREEDOM TO THINK AND CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO IS CLOSE TO THE HEART OF EVERY EMPLOYEE AT THE PARK

The Park is a multi-award-winning drinks manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facility in Bristol. Combining innovation, outstanding quality, and sustainability to package over 30m 9Le cases each year.

In 2018 The Park won the prestigious award ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ by TMX Manufacturer Awards. Also notably achieving three consecutive Sustainable Manufacturer of Year titles and the highest scores possible within multiple professional quality audits – including British Retail Consortium Global Standard, International Food Standard and all major retailers’ audits. The consistent quality of our product forms an integral part of our manufacturing process, where manufacturing teams are in complete control of all the quality attributes that our customers tell us are important to them, maintaining a World-Class complaint per million unit.

Much of this success has been driven by a 10-year transformation, which turned The Park into a role model applying lean manufacturing techniques to revolutionise modern business. Using their industry experience and academic knowledge, The Park team has created a bespoke Lean model. Driving a Mission is to transform the drinks industry with agile, bespoke solutions utilising our scale and sustainable footprint.

The freedom to think and challenge the status quo is close to the heart of every employee at The Park. Robust process and formal frameworks ensure that innovation is driven from consumer and shopper understanding, but the impetus that drives the delivery from concept through to implementation is a culture of continuous improvement, teamwork and pride that runs through the entire organisation.

An on-site dedicated Innovation Centre is the ideal showcase for product innovation and design, facilitating the speed of decision making and creating pace and agility the sets The Park apart from its competitors. The Product Development Team is able to draw on the expertise of the entire supply network, through the well-established and constantly evolving Supplier Development Program. Building strategic relationships with key suppliers ensures that innovation has maximum advantage through
collaboration; pooling resources, connecting technical teams and making decisions that take a holistic view to deliver maximum value for the customer. This is also supported by the annual Supplier Expo, connecting empowered cross-functional teams with latest technologies and delivering tangible benefits such as the widespread adoption of digital variable print technology.

The Park is constantly innovating to improve processes and efficiencies; the already world-class level wine loss is moving into the next stage of development. WineView is at the forefront of technologies driving Industry 4.0. Choosing an industry-leading strategic partner to design and implement a proof of concept technology. By utilising the growing area of Machine Learning coupled with Artificial Intelligence to investigate how a self-learning and adaptive wine management system could be used to drive wine yield to unprecedented levels. The drive to maximise value have been demonstrated by introduction of Smart Asset technology and 3D printing. Smart Assets enable the accurate prediction of machine failure and enable the transition from scheduled to predictive maintenance. The suite of 3D printers print the most commonly used parts at 10% of the purchase price, reducing inventory and cost.

Future trend analysis and category insights ensure the site strategy roadmap is aligned with New Product Development. The importance of sustainability and shopper convenience is reflected in recent investments.

The site has a key focus on Sustainability, becoming zero waste to landfill in 2017. A colossal 2.5MW wind turbine dominates the skyline as you enter the carbon-neutral site providing 100% renewable energy.

Leaders keep moving forward and with the introduction of a new canning line and the automation of the warehouse this year, The Park shows its commitment to staying one step ahead of the competition. With a new production line specifically for innovation adds to the extensive range of formats already available, ensuring that the Park can pack the format for any occasion. In a category where over 80% buying decisions are made at the point of purchase, providing differentiated products is essential.

The Park’s core business will always be wine, but by transferring this wine expertise to a truly diverse product and format range it seeks to provide the complete drinks solution.

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