May 16, 2020

Hold the front page! Cadbury's Creme Egg recipe changed

Cadbury's
Creme Egg
Manufacturing Scandal
Glen White
2 min
Creme Egg Scandal.
Cadburys is facing extreme backlash from consumers after admitting to changing the recipe of its much-loved Crème Eggs. To add insult to injury t...

Cadbury’s is facing extreme backlash from consumers after admitting to changing the recipe of its much-loved Crème Eggs. To add insult to injury the chocolate manufacturer has also reduced the number of precious eggs customers receive in a box from six to five.

Crème Eggs are only on sale for three months of the year, which has resulted in even greater discontent among fans.

Reports that the latest batch of Crème Eggs tasted different were followed up by British tabloid, The Sun and Cadbury's confirmed that it has indeed switched out Dairy Milk for a ‘standard cocoa mix chocolate’ in the shell. The scandal!

“It's no longer Dairy Milk. It's similar, but not exactly Dairy Milk,” a Kraft spokesperson said. “We tested the new one with consumers. It was found to be the best one for the Crème Egg, which is why we've used it this year.

“The Crème Egg has never been called the Cadbury's Dairy Milk Crème Egg. We have never played on the fact that Dairy Milk chocolate was used,” continued the spokesperson.

The shock was compounded by the fact that there is now one less egg in each multipack, though this has not necessarily come alongside a corresponding decrease in price.

“Crème Eggs are back. And we’re totes emosh” Cadbury Crème Egg wrote on Facebook earlier in the week, the top reply to which was “And there's only 5 in a box now there used to b 6.” Consumers are taking this seriously guys, really seriously!

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

SmartManufacturing
DigitalTransformation
DigitalFactory
ConnectedFactory
2 min
57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

Discover Gartner's Five Best Practices for Post COVID-19 Innovation' in manufacturing.

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