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Ethnic Foodservice Products Manufacturer
Rapidly Capturing Manufacturing And Logistics Cost Reduction Opportunities At Ethnic Foodservice Products Manufacturer

Captured $1.2MM in operations run-rate savings in 12 weeks at an ethnic foodservice and retail private label products manufacturer by implementing shop floor management best practices. Gotham worked on the shop floor to: observe operations; identify potential improvement opportunities; provide immediate guidance to client personnel; and troubleshoot and pilot solutions. We improved line through from ~225 cases/shift to ~375 cases/shift, reduced fill weight by 3-7% to minimize overfill, reduce floor scrap by 50%; and eliminated expired rework scrap. To ensure sustainability and further improvements, we: trained client personnel, put in place process changes, tools, KPIs and reporting system; and identified/planned next set of improvement opportunities. Gotham also launched logistics savings capture by developing direct ship pilot and facilitating conversation between company sales teams and foodservice distributors.

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Stationary Products Manufacturer
Operational Basics, Waste Reduction, and Productivity Improvements to Turn Around Declining Performance at Stationary Products Manufacturer

Identified $2+MM in opportunity from focusing on operational basics, e.g., measurement & reporting, material and labor procedures, and production scheduling. Implemented a paper waste measurement system to identify major sources of loss and then addressed root cause issues (e.g., setup waste, end-of-roll waste, material handling waste, and in-process waste). Within 6 months, material waste more than halved (from the original 40%+ levels) and labor productivity went up 15%.

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Meat Products Manufacturer
Creating Product/Process Specs and Implementing Performance Tracking System to Enhance Throughput and Operations Consistency at Foodservice Meat Products Manufacturer

Captured over $10 million in waste and throughput opportunities (15% reduction in total operating and materials costs) by identifying root causes, developing new operating procedures, and establishing KPIs.

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Private Label Canned Food Manufacturer
Establishing Growth Prospects, Margin Risk, CapEx Risk, and Operations Improvement Opportunities at Private Label Canned Food Manufacturer

In sync with the needs of each stage of the deal process, conducted phased customer, market, and operational due diligence, initially focusing on:  1) growth outlook – established the target’s category presence, identified key market trends, and built a model to project category growth; 2) competitive positioning – interviewed 27 PL and category buyers from supermarkets, wholesalers, food service companies, and brokers; and 3) CapEx and operational risk – visited the target’s 3 plants, assessed capacity, and reviewed operational improvement plans. After the client signed the LOI, Gotham conducted:  a deep dive assessment of margin risk, using 7-year SKU-level price/margin data and outlook for major input cost drivers; and an in-depth operational diagnostic of material yield, direct labor, and inventory costs.  

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Fresh and Frozen Food Manufacturer
Rapidly Pinning Down Capacity/CAPEX Situation in Support at Premium Fresh and Frozen Food Manufacturer

Built a robust plant and equipment profile and comprehensive capacity model to provide client with understanding of true capacity picture in support of valuation assumptions for target in competitive bid process.  Determined target could achieve ~3X stated capacity through minimal CAPEX; established 10% in quick-win cost savings available in labor, material, and overhead; and provided client with preliminary growth strategy utilizing co-packers, including targeted list of 9 potential co-packers interested in potential strategic alliance.  Client moved forward with a more competitive bid based on Gotham’s capacity assessment.

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Specialty Foods Manufacturer
In A Data-poor Situation, Confirming Operational Readiness to Support Targeted National Growth at Family-owned Specialty Foods Company

Conducted detailed observations of manufacturing operations (evaluating equipment, labor, downtime, changeovers, etc.) and developed bottom-up capacity model to quantify production increases and cost savings. Determined that target’s facility had sufficient capacity to meet 5-year targeted growth projections; identified cost per case savings 15-20% from labor and overhead reductions; found low risk of future operational surprises (e.g., major equipment cap ex requirements, food safety/quality issues, etc.); and provided PE Client with ingoing operational value capture plan. Client moved forward with acquisition and immediately began implementation of Gotham recommended improvement initiatives.

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