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: December 2019

Dairy: 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 2018

Failure case study: Blue Hill

Blue Hill Yogurt was the result of restauranteur David Barber’s attempt to take what was a popular side dish at his high-end New York restaurant, and launch it as a snacking product in US retailers. Blue Hill joined major brands such as Chobani and Dannon in attempting to popularise savoury yoghurt in the US market, but the idea was not a success for either of them.

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Published: November 2017

Failure case study: Nesfluid HydraNutrition®

Launched by Nestlé in France in September 2010, Nesfluid HydraNutrition® 's aim was to help people achieve the goals set by the nutritional guidelines, with the hydration and fruit consumption that entails. It was a health drink comprising 50% whey and coconut water, supplemented with various fruit juices, and vitamins. 

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Published: January 2020

Plant-based: Caulipower

Despite only having been around for three years, Caulipower is already a $100 million brand. The company has been helped by trends like low-carb and plant-based and targets flexitarians with its better-for-you options to pizza, bread and chicken.

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Published: February 2020

Plant-based: Gosh

What started as a humble deli in London has grown to become the UK's 8th biggest meat-free brand. Gosh's revenue is approaching $20m and many signs indicate that the independent brand might be preparing for a sale. 

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Published: March 2020

Plant-based: 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: January 2020

Snacking: 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: February 2020

Spreads: Pic's Peanut Butter

Bruce 'Pic' Picot set up Pic's Peanut Butter at the age of 55, after being diagnosed with a disease that put an end to his career as a sailing instructor. The company is today the best selling peanut butter brand in New Zealand, with revenue growth of 209% in the past three years.

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