Nestle Refrigerated Foods: Contadina Pasta & Pizza Case Brief
After the great success of Nestle Refrigerated Food Company (NRFC) product Contadina pasta and sauces, NRFC was thinking to grab the growth opportunity through brand extension of Contadina. As in case Cunliffe stated “Contadina became the market leader in refrigerated pasta and sauces, but to continue our rapid growth, we need other new product opportunities” NRFC had established certain guideline steps that might help them a lot in developing new successful product through out their business life. Those steps are as follow; • • • • • • • Idea Generation Concept Screening Product development Quantification of Volume Test Market Commercial Evaluation Introductory Tracking
By following these steps NRFC come up with the idea of Contadina brand extension by inducing “refrigerated pizza” in a line. The case revolves around that either NRFC should launch refrigerated pizza/ pizza kit in the market or not? If yes, than with topping or without topping?
Question 1 (a)
If he should launch a pizza product; Before taking a final decision to launch or not introduce refrigerated pizza in a market, first we have to analyze the market of USA, where NRFC wants to commercial its new product. Here we analyze the market with three perspectives; 1. Pizza market of USA 2. Competitor Perspective 3. NRFC’s perspective
Kraft was expected to enter the market within 6 months with their refrigerated Pizza. Although 75% of the last 10 incidences of pizza consumption were delivered/takeout.
. 3. fresh (5%) or homemade (4%)]. than they will never get the market share that they deserve. NRFC’s Analysis: NRFC’s analysis can be done in three dimensions. Restaurants like Pizza Hut and Domino’s capture 88% of the $18. If a brand extension is released successfully than it will aid the brand but if refrigerated pizza ends as a failed product than it may hurt the image of Contadina as whole.1. iii) Brand Image: While taking ultimate decision of launching refrigerated pizza with the brand name of Contadina. NRFC competes primarily with Kraft and Unilever. we have to look at its impact on brand as a whole. within the United States. Pizza Market: Pizza is part of the large and rapidly growing Italian ethnic food category. Kraft poses the largest threat. Kraft test-marketed a refrigerated pizza product when they were testing DiGiorno pasta and sauces. 25% of the pizzas were purchased from a grocery store [frozen (16%). with their projected investment costs of $12 million”.4 billion pizza market. If NRFC lose the chance of being first. ii) Monetary Analysis: As highlighted in the case “NRFC basic requirements for pizza is $45 million [factory dollar sales]. Competitor Analysis: Globally. than ultimately it will gain the first mover advantage. i) ii) iii) First Mover advantage Monetary analysis Brand Image
i) First mover advantage: If NRFC step into the market before Kraft. 2. First mover advantage here means building the brand equity before it is being created by your competitor.
As most 75% customer of pizza are those who prefer takeaways/ deliveries rather than sitting in the restaurant. reasonably priced alternative to both the takeout/delivered and frozen pizza segments. a) Pizza kit with topping b) Pizza only (without topping) Option tested as per BASES II study: a) NRFC conducted a market research to check the most feasible option among pizza and toppings and other option of pizza only.80% were not in the favor of the pizza and toppings option. The kit product. 65% (76 people) understood that pizza came with just
.19% favor the option and 23. out of which 304 favor the concept and only 95 showed unfavorable responses to the option.
Which option to be selected: “By the end of 1988. Whereas sample of 198 respondent of pizza only 116 were the one who favors the option and rest 82 were the one who showed unfavorable response to the option. however was feasible” After selecting pizza kit as a product type. NRFC divided it into two classes.Opportunity Exists: After analyzing the above three factors we can clearly see that opportunity for pizza market exist. consistent with NRFC’s component approach. Not only did the flavors of the sauces and topping migrate into one another. At the end pizza only interview respondents were asked if they thought the pizza came with topping or just cheese and sauce. There is a need to develop a product that can satisfy the need of this segment who like to have pizza at home rather than in restaurant. For the purpose of pizza and toppings total sample was of 399. but also the sauce and toppings infiltrated the crust resulting in a poor quality product. That makes 76. i) A Pizza Kit ii) Pre assembled. Decision: Nestle Refrigerated Food Company should bring the Pizza Kit concept to market and position it as a high quality. NRFC developed two pizza concepts. heat and eat pizza” “Further investigation by the R&D group indicated that the refrigerated pre assembled concept was infeasible from production standpoint. Of those.
5 and by non users were 4. There is no obvious price difference among these two options.0 Difference: On the basis of customer likeness there is no significant difference among both of these options. As per the statistics 76% of all the US families had eaten pizza at a restaurant within certain previous months that includes delivery and takeout.39. Rating for the likeness by both users and nonusers for both options is in the range of the 4-5.68 in total whereas the pizza only was priced at $ 6. Nestle research of at home pizza consumption indicated that delivered/takeouts pizza accounted 75% of pizza consumption frozen pizza account 16% fresh pizza from grocery 5% and homemade account 4%.
How large a market he would find? Market for pizza is very large in USA.sauce and cheese. “Pizza consumption was strongest in the northern and eastern parts of United States”.39 for kit and $1. b) While conducting a market research NRFC take in account the response of Contadina pasta users in relation with nonusers regarding the topping option. Of the 82 unfavorable to the concept. 63% (52 people) understood that the pizza came with just sauce and cheese. Sample of pizza only = 198 ( include 35 Contadina pasta users) For this given option Mean likability by users was 4. The kit and toppings option priced at $6.29 for the toppings that make it $ 7. It’s up to the customer choice which ever option s/he picks to satisfy her or his need NRFC should provide both the options at the market place. Results of that survey is as follow: Sample of pizza & topping = 399 (include 100 Contadina pasta users) For this option.4 and by non users it was 4.3.point scale with 6 being like extremely. mean likability as per the six. Decision: NRFC should come up with both of the options that are Pizza kit with topping and Pizza only kit that is without additional topping.
. By users it was 4.
6M.3% share of the retail pizza market” The NRFC believed that they could reasonable expect a market penetration of 25% of the current Contadina users (24% of the 95. Nestle should bring the Pizza Kit concept to them and position it as a high quality. reasonably priced alternative to both the takeout/delivered and frozen pizza segments. The Pizza Kit concept registered a high probability of buying similar to that of Nestlé’s successful pasta & sauce product. “we only need to capture a 0.5 M target households).Cunliffe can grab the attention of all these consumers to NRFC’s Contadina pizza fresh. (d) What market share he could achieve? As per the words of the Cunliffe. Their need can be effectively satisfied by them. or 81% of Cunliffe’s figure for market success. and the refrigerated pizza market is not currently serviced by any of its competitor. These are the type of customer who doesn’t like to go to the restaurant to have pizza. This base of parent brand users represents sales of $36. and does not include the additional sales of toppings. they prefer to stay at home and enjoy quality food at home. (Presumes household purchase of 1 kit annually)