Lucchetti: The Making of a Multilatina
The case describes the experience of Lucchetti, a company owned by the Chilean holding group Qui enco, in its first years of operation in Peru. It begins by describing the origin and positioning of the holding company (controlled by the Luksic family) and of its subsidiary Lucchetti, and it provides context about the country and pasta industry in the target market. On the one hand, en- tering the Peruvian pasta market generated a number of effects that were not hard to anticipate: despite price slashing by the competition, Lucchetti products gained market share. In short, the company anticipated market dynamics and the business plan seemed to evolve according to plan. However, the case also describes a series of initial setbacks in the acquisition of construction licenses, which appear to have been "off the radar" in Lucchetti's early analysis. Far from being resolved, these problems increased in intensity and complexity as weeks passed. The case concludes with Lucchetti's top management facing a difficult situation: the firm needed to put its production capacity into operation in Peru to make the venture economically viable, but regulatory entanglements prevented Lucchetti from starting production in its Lima manufacturing plant. EGADE's case collection.