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.

Published: July 2019

Case study: Fairlife

The ultra-filtered milk invented by dairy farmers Sue and Mike McCloskey became an instant success when Coca-Cola launched it under the Fairlife brand in 2015. Sales reached $300m+ in 2018, but a recent animal abuse scandal on one of Fairlife's main farms may take its toll on the brand. 

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Published: July 2019

Case study: Healthy Choice

The CEO of ConAgra survived a heart attack in 1989 and proceeded to launch Healthy Choice - a range of healthy frozen foods developed in cooperation with FDA. Healthy Choice's sales have increased steadily ever since, growing by 16% in 2019 to reach $531m.

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Published: July 2019

Case study: TrooFoods

Founded in 2016, TrooFoods started as a brand of luxurious, healthy granola. But the founders soon realised that this was not enough for the business to take off, and TrooFoods today market their granola on a digestive wellness platform while offering gut health tests through a cooperation with Carbiotix. 

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Published: June 2019

Case study: The a2 Milk Company

As the world’s most profitable dairy company, the a2 Milk Company saw an impressive operating profit margin of 35% in the first half of FY19 and grew their sales by nearly 70% between 2017-2018. With its "easy to digest" milk containing only the A2 protein and none of the A1 protein, the company has had huge success in key markets like China, Australia and the US. 

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Published: June 2019

Case study: Gainomax

An entrepreneur saw a medical product’s potential for sports nutrition and created Gainomax in 1990. The brand is today owned by major Swedish dairy cooperative Norrmejerier and has grown to become the most well-known sports nutrition brand in Sweden.

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Published: June 2019

Case study: SnackNation

After just four years on the market SnackNation has sales over $17m - much thanks to developing a secondary revenue stream to complement its snack box subscription service. SnackNation is proof that creativity and intelligence goes a long way.

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Published: May 2019

Case study: Oatly

For its first two decades, Oatly was a niche brand with slow growth. Seven years ago that changed, and the brand’s sales have grown by an impressive 285% in the past 10 years. The Swedish brand is now active in major markets like the US and China, and promotes its products mainly on transparency and environmental health platforms. 

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Published: May 2019

Case study: Eat Natural

With inspiration from Australia, childhood friends Praveen Vijh and Preet Grewal founded Eat Natural in 1997 without any external funding. The cereal and snack bar brand has invested very little in marketing, yet saw sales reach an all-time high of £34.1m ($43.7m) in 2018.

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Published: May 2019

Case study: Vivera

Dutch brand Vivera is one of the pioneers in the plant-based meat segment and has grown to become one of the largest producers of plant-based meat alternatives in Europe. The brand has been successful in focusing on taste and variety, and saw sales of $46m in 2017. 

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Published: April 2019

Case study: The Coconut Collaborative

After eight successful years with dessert brand Gü, James Averdieck entered the plant-based market and launched The Coconut Collaborative together with his brother Edward in 2014. The brand sells over $13m worth of it's coconut-based yoghurts and desserts every year, and launched in the US in early 2018. 

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