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Ledo: Functional workwear has an impact on productivity

Functional workwear can increase both productivity and employee well-being at the workplace. This is something Ljudevit Komušar, the Chief Production Technologist in Ledo, has experienced. Ledo is the biggest Croatian industrial producer of ice cream and frozen foods. He has built up his professional experience there for a full 24 years. During this time he has grown into a good team leader who is concerned about the working conditions of his production team. Until just a year ago, before the firm started working with Finnish Lindström, the production workers wore standard white overalls. 

Functional workwear increases employee satisfaction and productivity

As head technologist, Komušar started bringing in workwear from Lindström gradually. He wanted to test out the opinion of his production labour force, being aware that their satisfaction has an impact on productivity. Very soon, they had a positive view of the benefits of using the new functional workwear. Among other things, had inside pockets so that items held inside them would not accidentally fall onto the production line. And the buttons were not plastic but instead metal and they attached more securely to the cloth. Adding to the popularity of the new outfits, there were Lindström lockers where the workers would put their used clothing at the end of the shift. Arriving at work again, there was new perfectly clean sets waiting for them to start the new working day with. 

“The old outfits had pretty wide sleeves that were so bulky that they hindered the movement of the arms. The first time I put on the Lindström clothing, I saw at once that the sleeves were narrower. The whole cut was much more functional. This makes it easier for me to move about while I work” says Katarina Petraš. Katarina is Chief Operator in ice cream production. 

Meeting the strict food industry standards

Lindström’s workwear for Ledo consists of trousers and a short jacket. The textiles are designed in a way as to meet the international standards HAACP, IFS and BRC. Ledo, as part of the food industry, has to adhere to these standards. For example, during the production of ice cream, the clothing gets fairly dirty, because it is a semi-liquid mixture. The clothing has to be regularly changed and kept immaculately clean. “At the beginning, we had a phase of adjustment with Lindström to do with particularly heavy chocolate staining on our work clothes. Lindström had to find a different cleaning method. We were pleased when they pretty soon got rid of those stains. Since then our clothing has come back faultlessly washed,” notes Komušar with satisfaction. 

Seasonal fluctuations required tailored solutions

Seasonal production determines how many workers there are. The numbers and quantities of workwear outfits change dynamically, even on a weekly basis. “For this reason, we started working with Lindström carefully and gradually. We were not sure if they could keep up with our needs in season when we would have up to a hundred employed in production. Ultimately, we arrived at what for us was an important agreement. That is, alongside the lockers for the permanent staff, there would also be lockers for the seasonal workers. To these, Lindström brings models of men’s and women’s clothing in various sizes that are distributed to the seasonal workers according to need. This collaboration turned out to be satisfactory. Because in addition to excellent service, we also experienced Lindström’s flexibility and their willingness to adapt rapidly to the characteristic requirements of our production.

In our line, we absolutely need partners who can keep up with us. As my workers in production confirm, Lindström’s workwear and the additional services of laundry and the personalised use of lockers does not only make everyday operations in production much easier from a functional point of view. They also contribute to intangible values, such as our care for our workers and responsibility for preservation of the environment. So in the upcoming period, we are probably going to step up the scope of our collaboration with Lindström,” shares Darko Trkulja, Ledo Production Manager. 

Ledo in brief 

During the 1950s, Ledo developed into the biggest producer of industrial ice cream and frozen food in Croatia. Their offering also includes fruit, vegetables, fish, pastry and ready meals. The 500 refrigeration trucks in the Ledo fleet make sure that products reach sales outlets in the shortest possible time. It is no wonder, then, that its products are part and parcel of everyday life in Croatian households. Ledo maintains its competitive position thanks to continuous control of all raw materials and procedures in the productive processes, as well as of services provided by partners. Investing in new technologies and advanced operational processes, human resources and customer satisfaction, Ledo is a much sought-after employer and is the brand leader in its market segment. 

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