Tradition has a name: Kessler. Since 1826, the oldest sparkling wines producer in Germany has been placing its faith in high-quality champagne and other wines – and intends to continue growing in the future with traditional methods and ultramodern production systems. Experts from Festo Training and Consulting are helping to make the new processes as smooth as possible.
"We have recently made considerable investments in state-of-the-art production facilities to significantly increase production of around 1.5 million bottles in the next few years," says Christopher Baur, Managing Partner of Kessler – a name that stands for tradition unlike any other company. In 1826, Georg Christian von Kessler founded the eponymous sparkling wine cellar in Esslingen – inspired by the many years he spent in France working for one of the world’s most renowned champagne producers for. On his return to Germany, he brought with him a very special process from Champagne: the “méthode traditionelle” – a bottle fermentation process which is still used today to produce the company’s top sparkling wines.
Premium processes for premium products
But the use of new systems also means different work processes and changing requirements for employees. “To be able to ensure top-quality and consistent growth, the organisation behind the scenes has to be adapted too. And so it was important for us to have external professionals to carefully examine, analyse and optimise our processes,” explains Baur. Kessler counts on the long-standing expertise of Festo Training and Consulting with the goal of improving efficiency in production. “We want to produce our premium products with premium processes,” says Baur, getting to the heart of the matter. It all started with a strategy workshop facilitated by Festo, for managers, supervisors, and selected employees from production, sales, and logistics at Kessler. Among other things, a business game was used to develop a feeling for the entire value creation chain. This was followed by an in-depth value stream analysis. At the end, a comprehensive concept evolved for the long-term optimisation of all production steps – including employee training sessions. In keeping with the motto: an even more sparkling or rosé(y) future with more fluid processes.