Tag: product development

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Flavors & Layers: Lessons from Lay’s

From fat-free chips to flavor contests, market research has both failed and supported the well-known potato chip brand, Lay’s, in their product development process. The Wow! “healthy” chip disaster shows that promising market tests don’t always spell success. Crowdsourcing campaigns, while beneficial for increasing customer engagement and boosting short-term revenue streams, can provide inaccurate insight into long-term consumer preferences. This year, Lay’s has released a new product line, Lay’s Layers, but only in two flavors presumably as a large-scale market test for their brand-new chip design.

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Jazzed Up Bubbles

Celebrity endorsements have been around for as long as the concept of celebrity has existed. Consider PepsiCo’s newest brand of sparkling water, Bubly. In 2019, the company contracted with Michael Bublé for a series of advertisements where he plays with the Bubly/Bublé relationship, insisting that the water’s name is pronounced “boo-blay,” like his last name. The Bublé/Bubly partnership applies a number of essential items for a successful celebrity endorsement.

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The Value of a Value Chain

IKEA’s product line includes about 9,500 products, and each year they introduce about 200 new products to that line. So how do they do it? How do they provide quality home furnishings at an affordable price? The IKEA process has been a source of intrigue for business strategists for years. This is partially due to their transparency with their mission, vision, value chain, and democratic design.

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A Coke is a Coke is a Coke

Mexican Coke, sometimes called “Mexi-Coke,” has become somewhat of a phenomenon in the United States. So, what makes Mexican Coke so much different than the fizzy drink bottled here? There are a few potential explanations, but the most popular explanations are the use of sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and the return to the traditional glass Coke bottle.

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Shifting Tastes in the World of Wine

While there are often strict regulations surrounding the sale of liquor, beer and wine sales are more lenient. That’s an entire audience of consumers who might prefer higher alcohol content and the accompanying burn but who cannot purchase their drinks of choice as easily as they might purchase a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer.

Many wineries have begun to capitalize on this, repositioning themselves through product and process alterations. How? They’re aging their wines in spirit barrels.