Case Studies

Our case studies focus on brands and products that provide lessons from real challenges and opportunities which you can use to inform business strategy. They are packed with detail including brand portfolio, pricing, and communications and marketing strategy, merchandising and distribution, and come with a check list of key lessons learned.

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Published: April 2022

Case study: Undercover

Undercover offers chocolate-covered quinoa treats and provides a lesson in why naturally functional ingredients paired with permission to indulge can be a very powerful combination. It is an excellent example of a brand that lets the ingredients speak for the value of the product.

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Published: January 2020

Case study: Urban Fresh Foods

Owned by Lotus Bakeries, Urban Fresh Foods is the company behind UK brands Urban Fruit and Bear Nibbles. The latter is a rare example of a start-up that has succeeded in the kids' snacks space. Both brands have been profitable from the start in 2007, despite offering products that are around 50% sugar.

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Published: April 2020

Case study: Verival

A pioneer of organic cereal in Austria in the 1980s has evolved into an innovative cereal brand that offers on-trend products such as grain-free sport muesli and broccoli porridge.

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Published: October 2020

Case study: Vital Proteins

This collagen brand’s success is proof that people are open to animal-based innovation as much as plant-based. It is a $200m+ brand after only 7 years on the market and recently sold a majority stake to Nestlé Health Science. 

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Published: October 2017

Case Study: Vitamin Manager

Vitamin Manager offers home delivery subscriptions of vitamins, oils, minerals, boosters and herbal extracts tailored to consumers' personal needs

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Published: October 2018

Case Study: Vitamin Well

With the aim to bring out a healthier alternative to soda and sweet juices, Vitamin Well launched in Sweden in 2008 and has today grown into a company with over $110 million in sales. Only between 2016 and 2017, the company saw a sales increase of more than 100%.

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Published: March 2020

Case study: Vivera

Plant-based meat alternative company Vivera recently went through a major rebranding - even though the brand was already thriving. The new Vivera connects to the Sustainability trend more strongly than ever before, and aims to inspire flexitarians to join "The Goodness Revolution". 

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Published: December 2019

Case study: Yaar

Andrei Garbuz has developed the UK’s first handheld quark bars under the Yaar brand. Yaar launched in April 2019 and was off to a strong start with listings in all 7 Whole Foods and a nationwide listing with Sainsbury’s. The company is aiming to disrupt the UK dairy industry.

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Published: November 2021

Case study: Yakult

Yakult Honsha, the Japanese-headquartered maker of probiotic dairy drinks, has demonstrated the benefits of a highly-focused strategy and is one of the world's oldest and most successful health brands. There's no company that can afford to ignore the lessons from this extraordinary success story, which you will learn about in this extensive case study. 

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Published: August 2020

Case study: Yeo Valley

Transparency sells, and coupled with sustainability, it can make a product appealing even to those consumers who otherwise think twice before buying dairy. This is the cornerstone of the success of Yeo Valley, the UK organic dairy brand that grew from a family business in the 1990s into a mainstream supermarket presence and £149.3 million sales in 2019.

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