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Australian wineries armed with tools to get 'lean'

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) has launched the 'Lean' Guide to assist the nation's wineries in improving their techniques and practices.

'Lean' is a system of tools and practices that helps businesses to use less human effort, space, capital, material and time.

The Lean Guide: A Primer on Lean Production for the Australian Wine Industry (access online) is a user-friendly, simple guide interpreting the 'Lean' technique for wineries.

Developed through collating and summarising industry-relevant techniques and methods from small, medium and large wineries, the final guide was validated by industry partners.

Kate Harvey, AGWA general manager for research, development and extension, says the Lean Guide will help wineries function on a day-to-day basis.

“Despite the availability of consultants and resources, the uptake of lean production in the Australian wine industry is currently low," she said.

“The new guide, which was identified as a need after extensive stakeholder consultation, offers a fresh approach to ‘lean’ thinking, will assist wineries to become more productive and efficient and will help drive business sustainability.”

Featuring an introduction to ‘Lean’ and guidance on how to apply the principles in a winery, the guide also includes a core set of techniques, tools and case studies relevant to most wineries regardless of scale or business model.

Beginning in early 2014, The Lean Guide was developed by consultancy 2xE as part of AGWA’s RD&E activities and funded by grapegrowing and winemaking levy payers with matching contributions from the Australian Government.

Future workshops are planned for early 2015 and interested regions and wineries can contact the RD&E team to express interest by emailing .

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