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: 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: December 2023

Case study: Yakult (2023 update)

Yakult is one of the world’s oldest and most successful health brands. It has demonstrated the benefits of a highly-focused strategy and there are 4 important lessons from this extraordinary success story.

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Published: April 2023

Case study: Yakult 1000

Playing a key role in the Japanese yoghurt market since the 1930s, Yakult further established itself in the market with the launch of Yakult 1000. This product is available for home delivery only and saw sales of 100+ million bottles in the first quarter.

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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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Published: June 2018

Case Study: Yooli

Created by Yuliya Flynn, a former attorney who wanted to introduce Americans to a favourite food from her childhood in Kazakhstan, Yooli farmer’s cheeses are 99% lactose free, high protein cross between cottage cheese and ricotta.

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Published: April 2021

Case study: YoPro

Danone's high-protein yoghurt brand has seen great success since its launch and achieved global sales of over $150m after only three years on the market. 

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Published: November 2018

Case study: Yumbutter

With unique, convenient packaging Yumbutter has taken a well-known consume-at-home product and turned it into a convenient snack. The seven year old start-up today offers seven different types of nut- and seed butters, and grew its retailer prescence by over 400% in 2016-2017. 

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Published: September 2021

Case study: Yummy Bros

This Singapore-based meal prep brand reinvents authentic Asian cuisine and offers them in healthier, customisable versions. It is a good example of a brand that has succeded in the immensely fragmented world of fitness and weight management. 

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Published: July 2021

Case study: Zevia

Zevia became the US’ first zero calorie soda sweetened with stevia when it launched in 2007. Since then the brand has developed into a $110m brand that filed for an IPO in spring 2021. 

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Published: November 2023

Case study: Zrou

This Chinese maker of plant-based meat alternatives has created success by connecting the product to professional chefs and by constantly bringing out new products, thereby appealing to the Chinese consumer's ever-changing tastes and interests. 

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