Ben’s Bakery and the “Bennies” we make derive their name from Ben Leo, who was CSI’s corporate business manager for a while.
Before that, Ben was the CFO of DPG Media (mother company of the main Belgian TV and radio channels, as well as newspapers, websites and magazines) when CSI was engaged to design and roll-out the Lean transformation program. Ben got so excited by the positive results of the program, that he decided to join CSI and work with us to further develop our service offer.
Part of that work was a search for an interactive way to teach Lean principles and to provide a “taste” of the impact of such an approach.
In a previous life, Ben had already experimented with the production and sales of a Hungarian delicacy called “Kurtos Kalacs”. They come with a sweet or savoury filling and got sold like hot cakes at festivals and folklore festivities. However, the production process of the cakes and the organisation behind it appeared to be rather complex, and the prospect of standing in bad weather at festivals and markets wasn’t very tempting. The project to commercialise the product in our region was stopped, but it was granted a second life when – after thorough investigation – the process appeared to provide an ideal basis for a Lean training.
The process is sufficiently complex to apply the most crucial Lean tools and methods, yet “simple” enough to see and taste the results of various improvements.
And the rest is history .. 😉
Welcome to Ben’s Bakery!