Consumer Goods

We are a team of people first and consultants second and enjoy building relationships with individuals from right across the spectrum of consumer goods – from insurgent manufacturers of breakthrough consumer brands to established world leaders looking to disrupt their industries.

Our in-depth knowledge from working with producers and manufactures at one end of the spectrum, and with retailers and leisure operators at the other, gives us a unique perspective on how to drive a step change in growth and performance.

The combination of our experience, passion and personal commitment, enables us to build winning partnerships with our clients to make decisive change across a set of critical issues as varied as the products in the sector:

  • Overall business growth and competitive positioning
  • Brand and portfolio development
  • Maximising the potential from private label
  • Harnessing the potential of digital technology in sales and marketing
  • Geographic and channel expansion
  • Route to market and channel strategies
  • Rethinking commercial functions and sales force effectiveness
  • Maximising the value from customer partnerships with the retail and wholesale trade including category management and commercial terms
  • Acquisition, synergy evaluation, integration and divestment
  • Strategic organisation design and change
Our experience and personal commitment to clients – whether they are hungry and ambitious new start-ups or established world leaders – guides our work on critical issues

Our Thinking

Tuesday 06 December 2022

The big squeeze

In collaboration with our long-standing partners The Grocer, we’re delighted to share our annual Food and Drink Top 150 report. Despite having to adapt to Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and increased sustainability pressures in recent years, the UK food and drink industry has shown good resilience and exited 2021 in relatively good health.

Wednesday 22 June 2022

Sobering up

Spirits and beer brands know things need to change. People are drinking less and buying differently. The industry must respond quickly to this incoming torrent of market forces. Incrementalism is no longer an option.

Thursday 17 February 2022

Private Equity & Transactions 2021

2021 was a record year for transactions globally – as activity remained exceptionally strong despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, global supply chain issues and the challenges of rising inflation and energy prices during the year.

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Trading Places

Just fifteen years ago, the biggest threat to traditional commerce was the internet. Brands that were quick to launch transactional websites (and later apps) emerged as victors. Now those same brands face losing out to the emerging dominance of online marketplaces – the disruptor has become the disrupted.

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Decision time

In this year's annual study of the Food and Drink Top 150 we see that the fortunes for the UK food and drink sector during 2020 can truly be classed as mixed – rarely has the industry seen such massive upheaval.

Friday 24 September 2021

Highs and Lows

In this year's annual study of the FMCG Global 50 we see that while the Global 50 have seen growth slow, they have outpaced smaller players. As restrictions ease, how permanent is the new dynamic?

Friday 26 February 2021

Four sustainability myths: are they holding your business back?

The Covid-19 crisis has elevated the importance of sustainability, but we must banish old thinking to build back better, writes Deidre Sorensen

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The true cost of upheaval

Our latest Food & Drink Top 150 report, produced in partnership with The Grocer, shows a return to stability for the biggest food and drink producers in 2019 but in 2020 and the year ahead, there will be big winners and big losers

Thursday 29 October 2020

B2B digital disruption: A quiet revolution

Digital has been on corporate agendas for years, and the impact of Covid is only accelerating this, with businesses rushing to bring forward investments across a range of capabilities

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Ready for the storm

Our latest annual study of the Global 50 FMCG giants shows that whilst Covid-19 has driven huge changes across the consumer goods industry which will pose many challenges they also create opportunities, and the strength of the Global 50 positions them well to ride out the storm and win through the challenging conditions of Covid-19 and the global recession that will follow

Wednesday 25 March 2020

It's the uncertainty not the hardship that's so difficult

It's hard to find the right hyperbole to describe these extraordinary times that we find ourselves in. Today more than a quarter of the world's population are operating under lockdown with this number continuing to escalate rapidly

Tuesday 24 March 2020

The meat of the matter

It’s no secret that in the past few years the meat free industry has experienced a huge boom as consumer attitudes have continued to drive increased demand for meat substitutes and meat free products

Wednesday 04 March 2020

Meat substitutes

The rapid rise of meat substitutes has all the hallmarks of a classic market bubble – lots of new entrants trying to cash in on the gold rush, a wide range of competing (often as yet unproven) technologies vying for recognition and investment – and huge hype

Wednesday 18 December 2019

How to become profitable in China - a lesson from a food delivery app

China has seen fast growing consumer start-ups with surging numbers of users getting to IPO/capital market very quickly, Luckin Coffee being a recent example. However very few of these start-ups are profitable and there is a question whether they can ever become so

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Transform or bust

FMCG market leaders cannot tweak their way out of revenue tight spots