When students have the English-language PDF of this Brief Case in a coursepack, they will also have the option to purchase an audio version. Explores channel management issues in the U.S. food industry. Natureview Farm, a Vermont-based producer of organic yogurt with $13 million in revenues, is the leading national yogurt brand (24% market share) sold into natural foods stores. It has achieved this through its special yogurt manufacturing process and through cultivating personal relationships with dairy buyers in the natural foods channel. Set in 2000, when the company faces financial pressure to grow revenues to $20 million by the end of 2001 due to a planned exit by its venture capital investors. The immediate decision point that the protagonist, Natureview's vice president of marketing, faces is whether to achieve this revenue growth by expanding into the supermarket channel.
To engage in an exploration of potential risks and rewards associated with a company's choice of channel and how these channel conflicts can potentially be managed. To develop understanding of the key issues related to consumer product market development and product development growth strategies. To enable students to calculate margin economics across distribution channels.
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