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1Growth Strategies in Shelf Stable, Single Serve Meals Lilyn Chang (#0583)Basheera EnahoraCristina HareaRahcyne HillPooja KhatriJocelyn WrightTeam 2, Section 201
2Table of Contents Executive Summary Market Analysis Trends in Shelf-Stable MarketConsumerCompetitorsCompanyOpportunity IdentificationNielson Panel Data & AnalysisOpportunity Evaluation MatrixStrategy DevelopmentStrategy OverviewRevenue ForecastsConcept DevelopmentOpportunity Assessment MatrixProduct ConceptsMarketing PlanSummary
3Executive SummaryOur strategy is to increase both the size of the overall market for shelf-stable products as well as our share of the market.Given the fact that market for shelf-stable products is shrinking, we identified that key growth lies with gaining new users, and driving new usage and new uses.We developed the concepts of Flav-O-Meter and Lunch-Snak-Daily-Pak for General Mills to effectively increase the size of the market and its market share and revenue.
4$311 MM Market (Frozen & Shelf Stable) Focus Group insights Market Analysis - ConsumersAlthough the technology to preserve dried meats and vegetables in shelf-stable products has been available for a few years, consumer acceptance of such a concept has been slow. This is evidenced by the failure of the shelf-stable market to keep up with the growth of its frozen food counterpart and confirmed by the participants in our focus group. In addition, we discovered articles that confirmed a newer trend also identified by our focus group: American consumers are slowly yet surely moving more towards spicier, more flavorful foods. This is depicted by the steady increase in the introduction of new spicy food products, generally taking the shape of ethnic varieties in frozen and shelf stable foods.$311 MM Market (Frozen & Shelf Stable)Focus Group insightsConvenience, taste, portability, packagingSurvey insightsSpiciness, premium ok if taste is good
5Customer Need (and Importance *****) Market Analysis - ConsumersTaste and Price are the two most important attributes in satisfying customers needs. According to our survey, focus group and the Relative Success in Satisfying Customer Needs model, Bowl Appetit! has strong ratings on price, brand image, taste and size, but still ranks behind frozen food on taste.(xxx)(xx)(xxxxx)(xxx)(xxx)Customer Need (and Importance *****)
6II I IV III Benefit Price Market Analysis – CompetitorsPerceptual Mapping: In developing a map of the consumer perception of product benefits versus price (what we defined as product value), we learned that most of the competitive products fall in the “high benefit, high price” quadrant. We decided that we want to continue to operate in Quadrant I of this map, and position ourselves at the lower price point.PriceBenefitIIILOWER PRICEHIGH BENEFITSModerateIIIIV
7Sales of Single Serve Shelf-Stable Products Market Analysis – CompetitorsBased on Nielson panel data, the market for dry, shelf stable products is saturated by many brands. Bowl Appetit!, Maruchan, and Kraft Easy Mac have similar market share. The Nielson data used for this analysis did not include It’s Pasta Anytime, however. The results may differ significantly with the inclusion of It’s Pasta Anytime.Sales of Single Serve Shelf-Stable Products
8Bowl Appetit! Kraft Mac & Cheese Chef Boyardee Maruchan Spice Hunter Market Analysis – CompetitorsThe Three Value Disciplines analysis helped the team to summarize the strategies that each of our competitors in the dry, shelf stable meal category follow. We viewed the brands with the same color codes as having very similar strategies. Bowl Appetit!, Maruchan and It’s Pasta Anytime seem to follow strategies that have not yet been adopted by other major players Three brands stood on their own: Bowl Appetit!, Maruchan and Pasta Anytime. In our opinion, Maruchan targeted the price sensitive customer first.Operational ExcellenceCustomer IntimacyProduct LeadershipBowl Appetit!Moderate Price/ServingStay-at-home Moms, People on the goInnovative Bowl containerKraft Mac & CheeseLow Price/ServingKids after schoolPowdered cheese tech. (no container)Chef BoyardeeKids; Moms; Busy familiesMeat containing shelf stable productsMaruchanVery Low Price/ServingPrice sensitive customersFlavor variety; cup; just add hot waterSpice HunterGourmet; Taste conscious; HealthySpices; ethnic flavorsKnorrGourmet tastesRagu ExpressQuick snack for KidsPowdered pasta sauce (no container)Pasta Anytime!High Price/ServingQuick tasty freshly prepared mealSealed cooked pasta; sauce packHormelLow Price /ServingQuick, classic homestyle meals
9Market Analysis – Competitors There is a direct correlation between number of brands and profitability. Companies such as Unilever with a large number of brands have many brands that generate little return on investment, reducing gross margin and lowering net income. Unilever is focused on divesting from unprofitable brands. While Campbell has the resources required to fully support its 15 brands to unsure that the brands are profitable.
10Overview of General Mills, Inc. Market Analysis – CompanyOverview of General Mills, Inc.World leader in the manufacture and marketing of consumer foods products.Markets products primarily through its own sales organizations, supported by advertising and other promotional activities, directly to retail food chains, cooperatives, membership stores and wholesalers.Acquired The Pillsbury Company in October 20012000 sales of $7 billion, 11,000 employees
11Market Analysis – Company GM SWOT: Strengths – General Mills’ strength lies in a portfolio of well known brands that have a history of success and high quality image in the packaged food market. The recent acquisition of Pillsbury brings other strong brands, as well as diversification benefits. The company has strong marketing capabilities and is well viewed by Wall Street.Successful track record in the packaged food market (e.g. flour mixes, cereals, bakery products, convenience food)Reputation - one of the most admired consumer food product companies (ranked 2nd after Nestle USA by Fortune 2001)Established relations with retail channels (e.g. Kroger, Albertson, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club)High product qualityStrong marketing skills – advertising, promotions, pricing (ranked 9th in 1999 by return on advertising expenditures in the food industry)Positive Wall Street ratings – (50% buy, 30% buy/hold, 10% hold – analysts consensus opinions)Strong brands (e.g. Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Betty Crocker, Fruit Roll-ups)Recent diversification with the acquisition of Pillsbury (brand equity and reputation for quality products)
12Short-term costs associated with Pillsbury’s acquisition Market Analysis – CompanyGM SWOT: Weaknesses - The fact that GM is strongly associated with cereals and that it generates 91% of revenue from the US market it will make it vulnerable to changes in the market. The debt associated with the Pillsbury acquisition reduces GM’s financial flexibility in the near term.Short-term costs associated with Pillsbury’s acquisitionHigh leverage ratios (D/E ratio of 42 vs. industry average of 1.4)Low international penetration (91% of sales in US – improving with Pillsbury acquisition)Dependence on the slow growing cereal category (Big G cereals generated $2.6 B out of $7.08 B – about 37%)
13International expansion Market Analysis – CompanyGM SWOT: Opportunities - GM is well positioned to benefit of such trends in consumer preferences for convenience, ethnic and healthy food. Pillsbury acquisition offers the opportunity to tap into new customer segments as well as further diversification into some food categories (e.g. frozen food).Expansion beyond cereals into faster growing food categories (e.g. convenience food)International expansionPillsbury acquisition – building expertise in new areasConsumer trends towards convenience, ethnic and healthy foodGrowth of the warehouse distribution channel (e.g. Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s)
14Increasing competition in the food market Market Analysis – CompanyGM SWOT: Threats - The main GM’s threat is the intensified competition in the food industry, both from consolidating brand-producing companies and from private label and generics. It is important that GM accurately assesses the trends in consumer preferences in order not to lock itself into slow growing or shrinking categories (e.g. cereals and dry food).Increasing competition in the food marketConsolidation of the industry (recent mergers and acquisitions – Unilever & Bestfoods, Kraft & Nabisco, Kellogg & Keebler, ConAgra & IHF)Competition from private labels and generics (e.g. Sara Lee, Safeway Select, Kroger)Failure to achieve synergies with Pillsbury and to successfully incorporate the new acquisitionForecasted shrinkage of the dry food category due to frozen & chilled food category growth (-0.6% total growth 1999/2004 vs. 20.6% frozen and 27%3 chilled growth)
15Moderately Priced: Average price is about $1.41. Market Analysis – CompanyProduct SWOT:Strengths – In addition to a corporate SWOT, we also performed a SWOT analysis on the Bowl Appetit! Product. The key product strengths identified are Betty Crocker’s brand equity, the emerging consumer need to conserve freezer space, and the emotional response elicited from eating lunch out of a bowl.Betty Crocker’s Brand Equity: The brand is associated with warmth and quality. It has a very loyal consumer base and is associated with the middle class.Moderately Priced: Average price is about $1.41.Shelf Stable: Our focus group revealed that some consumers (single adults) prefer to conserve freezer and refrigerator space and they value portability.Innovative vehicle: Bowl is associated with having a hearty meal.Portion: Bowl permits more filling servings.
16Betty Crocker’s Brand Equity: A strong association with Baked Goods. Market Analysis – CompanyProduct SWOT: Weaknesses - The key product weaknesses identified are Betty Crocker’s brand association with baked goods, limited market segment targeting, the product’s early stage in the Product Life Cycle, and the in-store location of the product.Betty Crocker’s Brand Equity: A strong association with Baked Goods.Early in the Product Life Cycle: Bowl Appetit! is a new product. Evolving brand recognitionLimited Targeting: So far in Bowl Appetit! Commercials, only stay-at-home moms have been targeted.In-store Location: Located on dry potato and rice aisle. Location is not located near other shelf stable lunches. Product is at the bottom shelf, and out of customers immediate field of vision.
17New consumer taste trends: More consumers prefer spicy foods. Market Analysis – CompanyProduct SWOT: Opportunities - The key opportunities identified are diversification beyond current offerings, bundling products to serve customers more than once a day, identification of a new consumer demographic base, and recognition of changing trends in American consumers’ taste preferences (greater inclination towards spicy, more flavorful foods).Diversification: Continuing to develop shelf stable products leverages GM’s competencies and allows it to diversify into categories beyond baked goods.Brand Equity: The Betty Crocker brand offers consumers the “red-spoon promise” that they value.Extend customer relationships: Now Betty Crocker can feed consumers in the mid day occasion in addition to the supper time and dessert occasions.Variety: The Bowl Appetit! Offering provides a variety of platforms and flavor that can be altered to satisfy a variety of consumer tastes.Bundling: Coupling the broad GM portfolio and lunch occasion provides opportunities for GM to pair some of products to conveniently feed consumers throughout the day.New consumer demographic base: The Nielson panel data suggests that opportunities for Bowl Appetit! exist in the South, among ethnic minority groups, and among older adults.New consumer taste trends: More consumers prefer spicy foods.
18Market Analysis – Company Product SWOT: Threats - The key threats identified were the well-established presence of formidable competitors in the shelf-stable market and the established, slow-to-change, consumer mindset about shelf stable meals (in terms of the suitability of frozen products as opposed to shelf-stable products).Incumbents: There are a number of formidable competitive products with an established presence in shelf-stable lunch market place. Many of the products have recognizable brand names (ie. Campbells, Maruchan, Chef Boyardee, etc.)Frozen foods: After more than fifty years on store shelves, frozen foods are established in the minds of consumers as suitable shelf stable meals. (ie. Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, Uncle Ben’s Rice Bowls, etc.)Fresh/Shelf Stable Technologies: New technologies that improve the stability of frozen or refrigerated meals at room temperature could pose a threat to the shelf stable category of shelf stable meals.
19Competitor with very high Index Opportunity Identification – Nielson DataWe classified “opportunities” as groups in which Betty Crocker Bowl Appetit! performed poorly (100 index or less) and in groups where a competitor had an index of 200 or greater.Bowl Appetit!Low IndexCompetitor with very high IndexLow Income households (<$40,000)New FamiliesHouseholds with 1-2 membersPoor, maturing familiesHouseholds with older female head (ages 55+)Households with no female headMiddle aged singlesEmpty NestersPart-time or UnemployedHouseholds with children under the age of sixMinoritiesPoorSouth
20Opportunity Estimated Market Size 6.7 MM 34.6MM 25MM 34.9MM 7.4+MM Opportunity Identification – Nielson DataThe next step of our analysis was to identify the size of each opportunity. For this task, we utilized the US Census data. We eliminated “Poor families” because we didn’t want to risk damaging our image with our more affluent customers and did not feel that there was sufficient customer motivation to purchase in the shelf stable category. We combined Middle-aged and Older Singles and Older Adults because of the similar interests of this age-group. We decided not to focus on “Small Families” because this segment was too broad.OpportunityEstimated Market SizePoor families6.7 MMSmall families34.6MMOlder singles25MMMiddle-aged singles34.9MMPart-time or Unemployed7.4+MMMinorities83MMSouth100 MMNew Families82.2MMOlder adults59.3MMEmpty Nesters29.7MMHouseholds with children under the age of six23.3MM
21Market Niche Criterion Opportunity IdentificationUsing the Opportunity Evaluation Matrix, we identified those market segments which appear to be underserved by the shelf-stable market for lunch. We then examined how the competition was responding, if at all, to the ever-changing consumer needs and the dynamics of external forces. We predict that the unmet needs for flavor-control and the greater convenience are attractive opportunities to pursue within our identified market segments.Market Niche CriterionCompetitive ActivityBuyer Require-mentsDemand/SupplyExternal ForcesOrganizationalCapabilitiesBuyer Type:ProfessionalsBusy Families Stay-at-home Moms (BA only)There are 8 competitors in the shelf stable lunch food market.Most shelf stable and frozen lunch products are competing for this market segmentTasteConvenienceQualityHealthyFillingValueRich/Spicy FlavorsMeatMixed flavor preferencesSimilar lunch-time motivationsLittle discrepancy in amount of time available for lunchSocioeconomic: In a bad job market, there are less people working (i.e. less people eating at work).All consumers are also more price-sensitive.GM and Betty Crocker already have access to these buyers and are supplying them currently.Buyer Needs: TasteSee Relative Success in Satisfying Customer Needs and Perceptual MappingHealthy FoodRich Flavor at a ValueNeed to conserve freezer spaceCombination PacketsNeed for a tasty, flavorful, filling, quick, health, quality lunch is a long-term consumer need. Have to provide variety so that consumers don’t switch when they get tired of a particular flavor.Eating lunch is a basic need not likely to be effected by external forces, unlike luxury food items (for example, desert products). However, willingness to pay is correlated with job market conditions. Also, for those customers in the busy professionals segment, the need to purchase will change with their employment statusGM can satisfy:Need for QualityNeed for HealthNeed for Taste (Rich Flavor and Ethnic Diversification).Need for Convenience (5-minute prep and snack-packs)Need for ValueFilling (Effects of Packaging) example: deep dish bowl vs. flat trayMeans for Satisfying Buyer Needs:Dehydrated Vegetables in a Shelf-Stable ProductSpicy FlavorsMeat products/SaucesConsumer acceptance of shelf-stable products is slow.Demand for shelf-stable lunch products is decreasingSupplier Forces*Technological: The technology to preserve meat and vegetables in shelf-stable form is available. However, consumer acceptance of such products is slow.The GM corporation has the financial, human, technological, and marketing expertise to satisfy consumer needs.*Although we did discuss the potential effects of supplier forces on buyer needs (for example the availability and costs associated with certain spices or platforms (i.e. rice, pasta), we assumed that such supplier products were commoditized (in terms of price) and readily available.
22The strategy will be accomplished in two phases: Growth StrategyThree Year Growth Strategy: Become the market leader in the ready-to-eat meals category by increasing market share through introduction of a new Bowl Appetit! product innovation and a bundled offering.The strategy will be accomplished in two phases:Phase 1 Gain Market LeadershipPhase 2 Maintain Market ShareSplitting Efforts Evenly between gaining and sustaining market share.
23Phase I--Market leadership will be accomplished through: Growth StrategyThree Year Growth Strategy: The successful implementation of the two-phase growth strategy encompasses several key elements.Year Year Year 3Phase I--Market leadership will be accomplished through:New product introductionTarget untapped market segmentsPhase II--Maintain market share through:Investment in well-planned promotionsInvest in product pipelineBlocking access to distributionSignaling to competitor (commitment to play in the shelf stable market)Relationship MarketingStrong distributor relationshipsGain Market ShareMaintain Market Share
24Synergies Bowl Appetit! General Growth Mills Strategy Growth StrategyThe Three Year Growth Strategy is synergistic with the current GM growth strategy of product innovation. Additionally, it leverages the current GM competencies including a strong sales force and expanded supply chain.SynergiesBowl Appetit! General Growth MillsStrategy
25Growth StrategyGrowth Strategy: One new Bowl Appetit! product offering is forecasted to enter the market with $49.2M sales in year 1.Sales are projected to grow 7% in the second year and 8% in the third, which is in line with the current 8% GM revenue growth goal.
26Marketing Plan Target Customer Product Concepts Placement Price PromotionCompetitive Response
27Segmentation – Target Audience Marketing Plan - Target CustomerWe evaluated the Nielsen Panel and Scanner data to determine market opportunities. We then considered the value proposition and the results of our Focus Group and Survey, and selected target customers.Segmentation – Target AudienceSouthWe will expand into this segment thru the promotion strategyWorking peopleEthnic, African AmericansMiddle-aged, Older adultsKidsEliminated due to scalding hazard and inappropriateness for school environment
28Target Customers – Market Segmentation Marketing Plan - Target CustomerAll of the customer segments identified fit under the category busy adults, which is the target customer we selected.Target Customers – Market SegmentationBusy adultsSegments for promotional considerationWorking folks (white and blue collar)College studentsStay-at-home Moms (Flav-O-Meter only)People who are busy at home (Flav-O-Meter only)Travelers (people who frequent extended stay hotels)
29Concept development ideas centered around: Marketing Plan - Concept Development-Options consideredWe generated ideas for new product concepts around providing convenience, high quality, improving taste, increasing flexibility and customization.Concept development ideas centered around:Flavor ChangesPlatform Changes (main ingredient – ie rice, pasta, potatoes)Packaging Changes
30Ethnic/Spicy Flavors Flavor Variability Thai Mexican Cajun Marketing Plan - Concept Development-Options consideredWe considered adding ethnic/spicy flavors to the existing Bowl Appetit! Brand, in addition to providing the consumer with the ability to control the level of flavor of the product.Ethnic/Spicy FlavorsThaiMexicanCajunFlavor VariabilitySeparate flavor pack with a measure to control the flavor or spiciness of the product - “Flav-O-Meter"Platform & flavor pack interchangeability
31Platform change proposals: Marketing Plan - Concept Development-Options consideredWe also considered changing the main platform or main ingredient in our concept development stage.Platform change proposals:SoupsLeverage the Progresso brandNew starchesCouscousAsian Noodles
32Package change proposals: Marketing Plan - Concept Development-Options consideredUnderstanding that packaging is important to our customers, we considered changing the packaging in our concept development stage.Package change proposals:Bundling with other product in GM portfolioA snack with a Bowl Appetit! product for a lunch-snack daily packA cereal with a Bowl Appetit! product for a lunch-breakfast daily pack
33Competitive Intensity Marketing Plan - Concept Development-Options consideredIf we were to rank opportunity attractiveness, according to this Opportunity Assessment matrix, the “Flav-O-Meter” concept and the Lunch-Snack-MulitiPak are superior to other concepts. We predict that developing ethnic flavors and introducing couscous as a platform would only generate minimal additional sales. We believe the Asian noodle market is too fragmented and too niche for GM to be successful. The soup market is dominated by Campbell's, and they can afford to innovate far more than we can (Campbell's is spending $300M-400M on capital improvements in 2002). We abandoned the platform/flavor interchangeability idea because we weren’t convinced that consumers would make two purchases to create one meal in the lunchtime motivation.Ethnic TastesFlav-O-MeterPlatform + Flavor Inter-change-ableSoupCous-cousAsian NoodlesLunch-Snak-Daily-PakCompetitive IntensitySpice Hunter; Frozen Meals; Knorr; Take outMaruchan packaged Ramen; Pasta AnytimeIts Pasta Anytime; Campbell’s supper bakesCampbell's; Maruchan; SpiceHunter; KnorrHormel (Marrakesh Express); Near EastMaruchan; Spice HunterNo one.Customer DynamicsGrowingCustomizability favorableAre consumers receptive to 2 pieces?Warm weather food; customers demanding healthy; flavorsAcceptance of couscous is growing, but slowlyConsumed as dry snack, in soup or with other add insDo customers like bundles?Which GM products work well.Technological VulnerabilityTaste innovations will have positive impact on segmentTechnologically. Easy to duplicateDual packaging; no real technological considerationFlavor innovations positive impactRapid cooking couscous?Low fat product positiveNone.Micro-economicsMinimal profitability; Incremental sales100 MM pp;Minimal profitability—may increase penetrationCan charge premium$3B total soup industry(including wet, dry, and chilled)SmallPremium area is fragmentedPremium possibility in club channels
34Existing Bowl Appetit! SKUs: Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsOur proposed concepts leverage the existing strengths of the Bowl Appetit! product and Betty Crocker brand, while addressing the unmet consumer need for better tasting and customizable shelf-stable single serve lunch products.Existing Bowl Appetit! SKUs:Satisfy lunch needs of busy people by offering a convenient, quality tasty mealProposed Product concepts offering convenience, quality, taste and customization:Flav-O-MeterProvide tastier lunches to more people by offering customized flavor choicesLunch-Snak-Daily-PakA complete solution for all your away-from-home needs
35Product Concepts: Flav-O-Meter Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsProduct Concepts: Flav-O-MeterDescription:Bowl of rice/noodle/pasta, with mild essential flavorPackaging contains a “Flav-O-Meter” flavor packet and guide that customers can use to vary intensity of the flavor & spice mix.New Flavors: Cajun(jambalaya, red beans and rice), Thai (roasted curry rice and vegetables), Mexican (Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder, Black Bean with Orange Chipotle and rice)Definitions (based on personal interviews):Flavor – smell, tasteSpicy – To make hotter when adding additional pepper or increasing intensity by adding curry, pepper or other spice.
36Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New Concepts Flav-O-Meter front package drawing features flavor control while leveraging the Betty Crocker brand.Flav-O-Meter!With New“Add Spice to Your Life…”Spicy!Spicier!Mildly pleasant!Enjoyably pleasing!Whoa, baby!No packOne packTwo packs
37Convenient shelf stable Lunch Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsFlav-O-Meter provides the consumer with more flavor, variety, and flexibility to season their food just the way they like it.Value Proposition: Spice up your lunch and your life with tastier lunches with customized flavor.Convenient shelf stable LunchCustomizable level of spice/flavor intensityAdditional varieties of flavor (ethnic)Like a home-cooked meal
38Product Concepts: Lunch-Snak Daily Pak Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsProduct Concepts: Lunch-Snak Daily PakDescription:Offering is a single package bundle of GM Bowl Appetit! Flav-O-Meter & one of GM snacksNote: we conducted a simple survey to determine consumer preference of GM snacks. The consumer preference is Pop Secret popcorn or Nature Valley Granola bars.
39Lunch-Snak Daily Pak front package drawing and packaging schematic Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsLunch-Snak Daily Pak front package drawing and packaging schematicPopSecret PopCornBowl Appetit!Extended TabsFor better heatedhandlingBowlAppétit!Lunch-Snak-Daily Pak!
40Convenient solution to daily away from home food needs Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsThe Lunch-Snak Daily Pak provides the consumer with lunch and a snack in one package, eliminating the need to carry multiple food packages for the day.Value Proposition: A complete solution for all your away-from-home nutritional needs.Convenient solution to daily away from home food needsLunch & Snack together-all in one packageConvenience of grabbing and carrying one package for the daySimplifies the purchase processNote: we conducted a simple survey to determine consumer preference of GM snacks. The consumer preference is Pop Secret popcorn or Nature Valley Granola bars.
41Product Concepts: Packaging Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New ConceptsProduct Concepts: PackagingSingle packs (Flav-O-Meter & Daily-Pak)Multi-pack bundles (e.g. 6-pack Daily-Paks)
42Market Opportunity Flav-O-Meter Daily Pak IMITATION SUBSTITUTION SLACK Marketing Plan - Concept Development – New Concepts - SustainabilityResponse to Threats of Sustainability: General Mills can add value to the organization by capitalizing on market penetration opportunities through innovative new product introductions. The challenge in the 3-year horizon is to gain and maintain market leadership. This position will be threatened externally by competitors attempting to Imitate the Bowl Appetit! products and by substitutes (such as frozen meals, home-cooked meals and restaurants). GM must guard against the internal threats of “Slack” in “sub-optimizing” or underutilizing the organization potential and “Holdup” in failing to ensure synergies between the entire value chain.IMITATIONTrademarkPatent technologyStrengthen Brand equitySUBSTITUTIONPlacementAwarenessLoyaltyMarket OpportunityFlav-O-MeterDaily PakSLACKInvest in PipelineMarket Research--pulse of market and customerHOLDUPBuild Channel Relationships
43Place: Channel Flav-O-Meter Primary: Marketing Plan - PlacementPlace: ChannelFlav-O-MeterPrimary:Large national grocery store chains (e.g. Kroger, Harris Teeter, Albertson’s…)Regional grocery storesMass Merchandisers (e.g. Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart…)Secondary:Warehouse stores (e.g. Sam’s, Costco…)
44Placement: Location – Flav-O-Meter Marketing Plan - PlacementPlacement: Location – Flav-O-MeterWith shelf stable foodsNot on bottom shelfPromotional stands or end caps near the frozen lunch foods and at end frozen aislesEnd cap near the shelf stable aisle
45With shelf stable foods Not on bottom shelf Marketing Plan - PlaceMarketing Plan: PlaceFlav-O-MeterWith shelf stable foodsNot on bottom shelfPromotional stands or end caps near the frozen lunch foods and at end frozen aislesEnd cap near the shelf stable aisleNote:
46Marketing Plan: Place - Channel Daily PakPrimary:Warehouse stores (e.g. Sam’s, Costco…)Mass Merchandisers (e.g. Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart…)Secondary:Large national grocery store chains (e.g. Kroger, Harris Teeter, Albertson’s…)Regional grocery storesConvenience Stores
47Marketing Plan: Place Daily-Pak With shelf stable lunch foods At eye levelPromotional stands near the frozen lunch foods and at end frozen aislesEnd cap near shelf stable and snack food aisleEnd of aisle promotions in grocery stores and bundling in warehouses
48Value Pricing – warehouses Prices Marketing Plan - PriceMarketing: PriceValue Pricing – warehousesPricesNote:The Flov-O-Meter pricing strategy is designed to place the Bowl Appetit! Flav-O-Meter and Daily Pak competitively with existing shelf stable and frozen competitor products. Additionally, the price of the Daily Pak was determined considering the individual prices of the components and the results of the online survey as listed below.30.5% of respondents would pay $1.51 to $2.00 per single unit of this type of product (excluding Daily Pak)38.5% of respondents would pay $2.01 to $2.50 per single unit of this type of product (excluding Daily Pak)The current retail price for the existing Bowl Appetit! products is $1.41 based on the Nielsen scanner data.Please note that survey results may be biased in terms of “willingness to pay” due the high number of respondents in the higher income bracket, 65% had income above $40k. Considering this we priced the new products in the lower price preference range.We developed two multi-pack choices for promotional and/or warehouse distribution. Based on our personal conversation with General Mills management, warehouses prefer bundled products that can be priced at a premium.
49Price: The Flav-O-Meter pricing strategy continued. Marketing Plan - PricePrice: The Flav-O-Meter pricing strategy continued.Survey Results:30.5% of respondents would pay $1.51 to $2.00 per single unit of this type of product (excluding Daily Pak)38.5% of respondents would pay $2.01 to $2.50 per single unit of this type of product (excluding Daily Pak)The current retail price for the existing Bowl Appetit! products is $1.41 based on the Nielsen scanner data.Please note that survey results may be biased in terms of “willingness to pay” due the high number of respondents in the higher income bracket, 65% had income above $40k. Considering this we priced the new products in the lower price preference range.We developed two multi-pack choices for promotional and/or warehouse distribution. Based on our personal conversation with General Mills management, warehouses prefer bundled products that can be priced at a premium.
50Promotion – Advertising Message Marketing Plan - PromotionPromotion – Advertising MessageFlav-O-Meter“Spice up your lunch and your life.”Important message to consumers:Customizable (Consumers with different tastes can enjoy the same product)ConvenientWarm and tasty like a real home-cooked meal$7-10 MM Advertising cost (GM earns $9.53 for every dollar spent on advertising (“Companies with the Greatest Return on Advertising in the Food Industry”(2000)). We plan to generate $63 MM in revenue our first year, and therefore forecast that we will need approximately $7 in advertising dollars.)
51Promotion – Advertising Message Marketing Plan - PromotionPromotion – Advertising MessageLunch-Snak Daily Pak“A complete solution for all your away-from-home nutritional needs.”Important message to consumers:Convenience (carry just one pack for the day)All at your desk (accessible throughout the day)More efficient use of time$7-10 MM Advertising cost (GM earns $9.53 for every dollar spent on advertising (“Companies with the Greatest Return on Advertising in the Food Industry”(2000)). We plan to generate $63 MM in revenue our first year, and therefore forecast that we will need approximately $7 in advertising dollars.)
52Promotion: Merchandising Monthly to quarterly in-store specials and free standing inserts (coupons, 2-for-1 deals…) to respond to competitive actionsEstimating 600 K- $0.50 coupons distributed.In-store taste testsTotal Cost: $2.5 MM
53Promotion – Advertising Venues Marketing Plan - PromotionPromotion – Advertising VenuesNational General Awareness televisionNational magazines (e.g. Reader’s Digest, Working Woman, and GQ)Local newspapersBillboardsCorporate/Brand sponsorships of community–centered organizations
54Promotion - Positioning Marketing Plan - PromotionPromotion - PositioningFlav-O-MeterPremium high quality shelf stable mealDaily PakConvenient multi-product meal package
55Promotion - Timeline Launch – 1st quarter Marketing Plan - TimelinePromotion - TimelineLaunch – 1st quarterBuild awareness through extensive frequent ad campaigns (3 spots per prime time period)In-store promotions to generate trialCouponingSustaining – 2nd quarter & beyondMaintain target market share through continued TV and magazine advertisingRegular in-store promotions (e.g. 2-for-1 specials and coupons)Promotions in partnership with store loyalty programsIncrease trials through FSI’s
56Marketing Plan– Revenue Projections Revenue/Growth Projections:We decided to use the BASES model to calculate revenue for our two new concepts. The next two slides show our assumptions for each of these variables and our volume, revenue and share calculations.TargetCustomersTrial UnitsPurchasedConceptPurchaseIntentAdjustedTrialAssumednoseasonalityAdvertisingAdjustmentProjectedVolumeTrial UnitsPurchasedRepeatRate# RepeatOccasionsAvg. RepeatTransactionAmount
57Marketing Plan– Revenue Projections Revenue projection for Flav-O-Meter: Using the assumptions explained below, we forecasted sales in the first year at $63MM, with a 20% dollar share in the shelf stable, shelf stable category.
58Marketing Plan– Revenue Projections Yearly Revenue Projections for Flav-O-Meter. The graph below represents the revenues forecasted if the product has a mediocre performance (lows), average performance (middle) or excellent performance (highs).Excellent ProductMediocre Product
59Marketing Plan– Revenue Projections Revenue projection for Lunch-Snak-Daily-Pak: Using the assumptions explained below, we forecasted sales in the first year at $63MM, with a 20% dollar share in the shelf stable, shelf stable category.
60Marketing Plan– Revenue Projections Yearly Revenue Projections for Lunch-Snak-Daily-Pak. The graph below represents the revenues forecasted if the product has a mediocre performance (lows), average performance (middle) or excellent performance (highs).Excellent ProductMediocre Product
63j Future Goals Current Strategy Response Profile Assumptions Marketing Plan– Competitor StrategyOur competitors make both dry shelf-stable products (Campbell and Kraft) and frozen food products (ConAgra, Unilever, & Uncle Ben’s) as lunch selections. Dry food competitors will react to our new products by introducing similar products, while Frozen food competitors will continue to focus on enhancing taste and adding more variety to frozen products. All competitors are focused on increased promotion and advertising in addition to continued product development.jFuture GoalsIncreased advertising & promotionNew packaging & product innovationNew tastes & varietiesCurrent StrategyGrowth by acquisition and allianceExtension of newly acquired lines into related areasProduct developmentResponse ProfileCompetitors react with “me too” products in this marketIncreased promotion, new innovation, and increased variety are likely movesHigh debt and lack of international sales will hurt some competitorsA new product introduction will elicit a response from dry food competitionFrozen competitors will continue focus on new varieties and tastesAssumptionsHigh brand equity leverageFrozen addresses unmet consumer needsCapabilitiesSuperior packaging technologyCurrent market leaderSignificant financial resourcesToo many brandsToo many varietiesDry Food: Kraft & CampbellFrozen Food: Unilever, ConAgra & Uncle Ben’s
64Competitive Response Offensive Strategies Marketing Plan– Competitive ResponseCompetitive ResponseOffensive StrategiesTrademark “Flav-O-Meter” and “Daily Pak”Copyright Daily Pak packagingPlacement near frozen food aislePlacement in shelf stable aisle at “eye level”End cap displaysIn-store couponsIn-store taste testsContinue product development to ensure new products and line extensions are in the pipeline
65Competitive Response Defensive Strategies Marketing Plan– Competitive ResponseCompetitive ResponseDefensive StrategiesEngage in competitive advertising positioning Bowl Appetit! as the premier shelf stable meal.Establish long-term contracts with mass merchandisers and warehouses.Based on competitor moves and resources, focus on gaining market share from weaker competitors’ most profitable segments (don’t provoke stronger competitors) as a tactic to discourage entrance into our target market.Respond to competitor move with in-store promotion blitz to gain and reinforce product awareness and incent on-the-spot product purchase.
66Appendices Focus Group Results (Video Clip & Hard Copy) Surveys (Hard Copy)Works cited (Attached)
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