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 2020

Dairy: Biotiful

Since we last wrote about Biotiful in 2018 the digestive wellness brand, which also connects to trends such as Provenance & Authenticity and Protein, has grown its sales by 185% and launched the UK's first kefir cheese.

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Published: March 2020

Dairy: Mossgiel Farm

Can a business be based on sustainability? Scottish dairy company Mossgiel Farm suggests that the answer to that question is ‘yes’. Bryce Cunningham has built Mossgiel Farm’s brand identity on sustainability and provenance and saw sales grow by over 100% in 2019. 

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Published: May 2020

Dairy: Straus Family Creamery

This family-owned dairy company claims to be the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States. The company is highly mission-driven and promotes itself on platforms of provenance and environmental sustainability.

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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: April 2020

Failure case study: Drinkfinity

This PepsiCo e-commerce brand of customised better-for-you beverages appears to have vanished into thin air, leaving confused and angry consumers behind.

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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: April 2020

Grains: 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: May 2020

Meals: Gousto

Gousto is one of the main meal delivery service brands on the UK market and has raised over £130m ($162m/€149m) in external investment. The company achieved profitability for the first time in Q4 of 2019, having doubled its revenue in the same year. 

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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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