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: 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: 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: 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: December 2019

Case study: Koia

Koia has helped create a segment that proved new even to the ever-proliferating field of plant-based products: tasty vegan protein drinks. Since launch in 2014, Koia’s retail footprint has expanded to 5,000 stores across the US and the brand is expecting sales of $20m+ in 2019.

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Published: December 2019

Case study: Marty's

Danone enters the UK ambient kids’ snacks market for the first time with its Marty’s brand of allergy-friendly snacks. Products from Marty’s are free from peanuts, egg and gluten and are claimed to be “delicious snacks that you can trust”.

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Published: November 2019

Case study: Anamma

Voted the most impactful Swedish food brand of 2019, Orkla-owned Anamma keeps seeing success as one of the key brands of vegan meat replacements in the Swedish market. Sales reached $12.7m in 2018 and the brand strongly focuses on the potential environmental benefits of choosing plant-based over meat. 

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Published: November 2019

Case study: Cawston Press

Founded by experienced food industry actors in 2000, Cawston Press claims to “show the rest of the soft drinks world how it should be done”. The company has seen steady sales growth over the past few years, reaching $18m in 2018, and is now available across 20 countries. 

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Published: November 2019

Case study: Peak Chocolate

Peak Chocolate combines dark chocolate with some of the most well-known and researched sports supplements, such as creatine and BCAA. The company was not off to an easy start, but has managed to grow and now offers three different products across Australia. 

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Published: October 2019

Case study: Blue Frog

Launching at a time when the super-premium cereal market was growing strongly in New Zealand, Blue Frog has had great success with its grain-free breakfast cereal. The brand has now added a more affordable range of cereal, based on oats rather than nuts, and is making good progress also in the Australian and American markets. 

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Published: October 2019

Case study: Paper Boat

Paper Boat has made it their mission to reinvent traditional Indian beverages which have began to fall out of favour among millennials. The brand has been a key driver of parent company Hector Beverages’ fast growth in the past few years, and is an excellent example of a brand that uses provenance and nostalgia to build consumer loyalty. 

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