Because of the amount of substitutes on the market, the premium chocolate industry is also has a high level of competition engrained in it. Rival companies with similar products consistently offer an alternative for customers.
The possibilities for product differentiation are numerous in that there are many different ways to make chocolate, many different items to add to chocolate, and many different ways to use chocolate. Having so many different options to market chocolate could present an open door for competitors, creating their own niche to draw customers. A large number of products to choose from could also make it difficult for Roger’s to draw customers to its own products, decreasing their profit potentials.
(Transition: The history of Hershey’s chocolate laid the foundation for the many different types of chocolate eaten today.
A fat tax would plague producers and outlets. Such was the case with the world’s first fat tax introduced in Denmark. This tax on foods high in saturated fat was dismissed after less than a year and left many consequences in its wake. It has been guilty of “increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies' administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk," as stated by the Danish tax ministry. As a result, the planned sugar tax has also been abandoned. As well, the tax was a costly procedure and failed to change the eating habits of people in general. A fat tax on fast food would have the same limitations and ultimately lead to failure.
The Hershey Company is the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate, non-chocolate confectionery, and chocolate-related grocery products. The company is also a leader in the gum and mint manufacturer category as well. In this paper, I will discuss the history of the Hershey Company and the impact it has on the United States and the rest of the world.
* There is speculation over the government introducing a new ‘fat tax’ on fast food served over a counter. This will add on another 20% to the current price in taxes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/may/16/fat-tax-unhealthy-food-effect
The premium chocolate industry is having an intensive competition in Canada with the strong growth potential. Industry growth opportunity imposes increasing competition from rivals and threats of new entrance that adds pressure on overall profitability. Even though Roger’s has been able to establish its place in the chocolate industry with its strong brand recognition and products’ quality, it still needs to be on top of ever- going market changes, by continuously
The premium chocolate industry is a large market in the United States and continues to grow around 10% annually. It is also populated with very strong
The following statistics stated in the case indicate that “23% of respondents would definitely buy the Montreaux dark chocolate with fruit product and 40% would probably buy the product.” These average ratings strongly suggest that this product should be introduced into the market very gradually. This strategy would enable the company to evaluate consumer buying patterns so that the company could determine future production levels and future marketing strategies that benefit both the company and the consumer. Financial information given in the case also indicates that the company needs to introduce this product very conservatively. Exhibit 1 informs that with 5.98 million total purchases, low awareness, low ACV and mediocre product, Montreaux would gross $17.44 million. Exhibit 2 shows that with medium awareness, medium ACV and an average product Montreaux would gross $25.1 million. These figures do not meet Montreaux’s objective of earning at least $30 million in its first year. Exhibit 3 shows a slightly improved situation: with high awareness, high ACV, and an excellent product, Montreaux would gross
At Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Jim Harris was the COO (chief operation officer) and was with the company for about 18 months and was observing the increased demand for their chocolate. “America’s finest dark chocolate” company wanted to increase production by equipping factories with new machineries and equipment but did not want any difference in the taste of the chocolates they produced. As the company totally agrees on not compromising the taste of chocolates and increase the production in order to meet the rising demand for their chocolates they should probably get into customizing chocolates blend for the mass-market retailer in order to grab huge market share, increase accessibility of the chocolate to customers and provide variety of choice to the customers by maintaining the taste they are known for. As the demand is increasing from 50%, 100%, to 150% by the start of 2006, Harris has to make a significant decision in order to invest Scharffen’s capital budget in expansion of the Company. Harris is recommended to acquire the required machinery in order to fasten the production and increase the capacity of the plant and should be careful about the quantity to be produced as the acquiring of machinery will increase productivity multiple times but the initial demand for
* Taxes could increase which in theory would lead to sales decreasing and profit therefore decreasing but as chocolate is such a small purchase this is unlikely
Hershey chocolate is known as one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands. For 118 years, the Hershey brand remains a favorite chocolate treat in over 90 different countries. Beginning only manufacturing milk chocolate, the company today manufacturers over 100 different varieties of candy. Many people are familiar with the traditional Hershey milk chocolate bar, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and bite sized Hershey kisses. The process behind producing these famed treats is a fascinating process. By evaluating the company’s manufacturing process and business dynamics, consumers can gain a better perspective of the science behind the candy the enjoy most.
By October 2012, it had been over 15 months since Apollo Foods, a global consumer packaged-goods firm, had obtained the rights to distribute the well-known European chocolate company, Montreaux, in the United States. Andrea Torres, the director of new product development at Montreaux Chocolate USA, is presented with the
In recent years, obesity in Britain is increasing. The Government believes that reducing fast food and soft drink calories in the market,
Referring to Exhibit 1 below, the low sales volume forecast would not meet the hurdle rate of $30 million and landed at a little more than half at $17 million. These calculations were calculated through the numbers provided in Apollo Foods files under their Exhibit 5 as well as the methodology for calculations they provided. This chart and methodologies can be referenced below in Exhibit 4. The medium sales volume test fell short of $30 million but was much closer sitting at $25 million and the high sales volume test exceeds the hurdle rate and sits at $39 million. Because of Apollo Foods long standing business and industry success coupled with Montreaux Chocolate branding it is not out of reach to see a new product land between medium and high ACV. With all the information and data suggesting that this new product launch could be a large success that builds on the growing chocolate market trends identified in 2011 moving forward with launch is the right