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
- Maximizing 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
- Maximizing the value from customer partnerships with the retail and wholesale trade including category management and commercial terms
- Acquisition, synergy evaluation, integration and divestment
- Strategic organization 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
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
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
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
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
Economic fog - OC&C Food & Drink Top 150 2019
Our latest Top 150 report, produced in partnership with The Grocer, shows the UK food and drink industry under pressure
The economic fog
As currency-driven input inflation and rising labour costs continue to squeeze margins, the prolonged run-up to Brexit is weighing heavily on food and soft drink producers
Reaping the reward of growing China domestic consumption
China just reported 6.2% quarterly economic growth -- the slowest in the past three decades. Domestic consumption continues to be an important growth driver for China - June retail sales reached 9.8% - better than many expected
Reaping the rewards
The Global 50 report is our annual snapshot of the world’s 50 largest FMCG businesses. Now in its 17th year, it is the go-to source for the statistics and big themes that shape the sector
Together with Coca-Cola, Chinese dairy group Mengniu will be sponsoring the Olympics between 2021 and 2032, under a combined $3bn sponsorship deal
Binning the packaging problem
From Planet Earth imagery of sea turtles, to dire UN reports on climate change, the pressure on consumer companies to drive industry change in packaging has been rising relentlessly
Getting a taste for success
Consumer goods companies are right to embrace the trends such as health, indulgence and convenience that currently underpin product development in food and drink. But being topical doesn’t mean you’re always doing the right thing
Rethinking CPG revenue growth management: A 21st century approach
A quick scan of the business pages will tell any consumer goods executive something they already know: consumer goods companies are trading within a context that is new, different and challenging
A new go to market opportunity for China...
Amazon recently announced it would be closing China's market place business in domestic eCommerce.
A house view on China's Plan for the Great Bay Area
When the 36km bridge connecting Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau was completed last October, people were pondering about the impact on the Great Bay area.