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Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Robert Lawson

France, Italy and Poland protein packaging market review and strategy development

Our client is a multinational packaging business supplying trays and lidding film to a range of application markets, but primarily focused on protein markets.

Initially the focus of the project was the French marketplace.  The challenge for the business was both to understand what the state of the market was today in the absence of any reliable market data, to understand the competitive challenges based in part on the views of customers and to develop a strategy that reflected the market and the trends impacting the market.

We developed an approach to estimate market shares in the market by auditing supermarkets across the country.  This involved identification of packaging type and packaging supplier for protein in store and estimating the share of market based upon facings analysis weighted by retailer share and store format.

We approached customers (retailers and meat processors) and machine suppliers to explore with them the developments in the industry and the critical success factors in the market and applying our strategic market assessment methodology developed a clear view on the relative attractiveness of market segments and therefore on where to compete.

We then ran a series of workshops with the management team, focused on firstly the market and its dynamics and then on specific growth opportunities to develop a list of priority commercial initiatives to be pursued.

Senior executives were delighted with the strategy which focused the business on new market opportunities based on robust market data and company capabilities and aligned the management team in pursuit of those opportunities.  Subsequently we were asked to repeat the project for the Italian and Polish markets.

MD Northern Europe said, “The data and insight were invaluable. The deck you have created for our region is superb.  It has given us a new level of insight into our supply chain choices”