Posts tagged "Innovations"

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread
Each year, research firm IRI releases its “New Product Pacesetters” report describing successful CPG product launches. In the Top 10 Pacesetters for Food and Beverage are product launches from well-known brands like McCafe, Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh BOLD and Cheerios Protein. But among these brands is nestled a surprise winner at #9: Cobblestone Bread Co.,... Read more »

Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences

Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences
B2B firms often develop products and services that are ultimately experienced by end users with whom the firm has no contact. It can be challenging to develop market strategy and product innovation to suit these users’ needs while achieving results for the B2B firm’s direct customers. Here are two B2B examples from my firm, Insight... Read more »

Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On

Protein is the Breakfast Trend Cheerios and Quaker are Banking On
Thanks in part to cultural influencers like the Paleo Diet, CrossFit and gluten-free diets, protein and breakfast are enjoying their time in the nutritional limelight. For instance, CrossFit promotes fitness through specific nutritional guidelines that are becoming popular in the mainstream: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.... Read more »
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B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition

B2B: Using Gamification to Grow Employee Engagement and to Encourage a Culture of Employee Recognition
Employee Recognition as a Cultural Value For one of my clients, this past week was Employee Recognition Week. Walking into the company, balloons, banners and other signage thanking employees and celebrating their hard work were highly visible. The week was chock full of treats and activities. For example, on Thursday, there was a morning-time blind... Read more »

Timing Matters: Balancing Field, Expert and Headquarters Market Perspective for B2B Innovation Strategy

Timing Matters: Balancing Field, Expert and Headquarters Market Perspective for B2B Innovation Strategy
For B2B innovation strategy development over a one to five year horizon, my firm, Insight to Action recommends considering field, headquarters and expert primary insights perspectives. Of course, before conducting the new research, a critical first step is to leverage secondary sources and to assess any historical data and identify unanswered questions. An example of... Read more »

From Cauliflower to Tomatoes, Fresh Innovation Spurs Growth in Produce

From Cauliflower to Tomatoes, Fresh Innovation Spurs Growth in Produce
Dollar growth in the fresh departments in Grocery Stores was 5.5% compounded annually from 2012-2015, eclipsing growth in frozen (0.5%), grocery (1.6%) and dairy (2.4%) according to Nielsen’s recent produce-focused study. Unit growth has also been a strong 3% or more in most fresh areas (including produce, deli, bakery, and seafood) from 2014 to 2105.... Read more »
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Driving Innovation from B2B Market Research

Driving Innovation from B2B Market Research
Thinking Through the Role and Value of Multiple Perspectives, from End User to HQ Decision Maker When conducting B2B market research for clients that sell to larger organizations (e.g., those with more than 1000 employees), it’s typically a given that there are multiple decision makers involved in choosing a vendor or service. For example, some... Read more »

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award
McCormick & Company Spices Up eCommerce with a Fast-Track Market Strategy One might expect Amazon’s Grocery Vendor of the Year to be a manufacturer of highly consumable items, like P&G. But the actual recent winner was unexpected: established herbs and spices brand McCormick & Company. The company’s fast-track ecommerce strategy launched just five years ago,... Read more »

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation
Twenty years ago in Utah, the Clark family started selling “Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix” to ski town gift shops. While that doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, it signaled the beginning of the wakeup call Kodiak Cakes was about to give to the sleepy flapjacks category, dominated by big, slow-moving brands. Today, Kodiak Cakes... Read more »
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In a Declining Market, Duracell Grows Share with Focused Market Strategy

In a Declining Market, Duracell Grows Share with Focused Market Strategy
Alkaline batteries aren’t exciting. They aren’t advanced. And they aren’t a growing market. But batteries also aren’t going away. Devices like remote controls, smoke alarms, flashlights and toys still use plenty of battery power. P&G’s Duracell looked on the bright side and deployed a market strategy designed to grow share, including product innovations, new partnerships... Read more »
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