Anjelo's Confectionaries: A Product Without a Place
In 2019, the founder of Anjelo's Confectionaries, a commercial bakery in India, faced two difficult situations. The founder had created the Juicy Cakes brand to represent the company's standard cakes, differentiating the product from the bakery's specialty cakes and ice cream cakes; however, the Juicy Cakes name had limited exposure and lacked mass recall for consumers, as a result of poor distribution and reach. The second challenge was the unused capacity of the company's large automated plant. Although cake sales were seasonal, the founder wanted to utilize the company's excess capacity throughout the year. The entrepreneur founder needed to fine-tune the trade-off between a product-based strategy and a place- or distribution-based strategy. How should the founder proceed to ensure his company's future? Joji Alex is affiliated with Rajagiri College of Social Sciences.