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Selected Case

published: 06 Jun 2018

Chocolate candy marketers like Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Ferrero are under pressure to respond to the stricter nutritional targets set by governments, changing consumer tastes, and competition from healthier brands like Kind or Cliff. Should traditional chocolate makers reformulate their products with less sugar content (and if so, should they announce it)? Should they reduce portion or package sizes (and if so, should they reduce prices)? More generally, is obesity their responsibility? Is collaboration with competitors, researchers and advocacy groups the solution? How can they grow their business without contributing to the obesity epidemic?
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Pedagogical Objectives:
This case examines whether food marketing can be a force for good in helping to align business with consumer health and pleasure. It addresses key issues such as how to manage food claims (and perceptions) and downsizing in a category disrupted by start-ups like Kind. A comprehensive teaching note and detailed PowerPoint presentation divulge the latest research findings in this domain – e.g., on the causes and consequences of obesity, health halos, perceptions of portion size, and ‘epicurean nudging’ (or how focusing on pleasure, not health, can make people happier to spend more on food yet eat less).

Food, Marketing, Nutrition, Health, Packaging, Portion Size, Chocolate, Innovation, Retailing, Responsibility, Sustainability, Ethics, Branding, Regulation

Prizes won:
- Third Prize in the Corporate Sustainability track of oikos Case Writing Competition 2018