Switz Foods Pvt. Ltd.: Competing against Its Own Creation
In mid-2019, the managing director of Switz Foods Pvt. Ltd. (SFPL), which owned the Mio Amore bakery brand, faced the dilemma of how to tackle its competition. Under a franchise agreement from 1989-2014, the company had manufactured and sold cakes and other food products in Eastern India under the Monginis brand name. Due to the managing director's innovative and emotion-centric market positioning, Monginis quickly became the number one bakery brand in Eastern India. In 2015, however, the franchise licence was discontinued with a condition that, for a period of three years, Monginis would not enter the territories where SFPL had held the Monginis franchise. In 2015, SFPL created the new bakery brand, Mio Amore. In 2019, the Monginis brand re-entered the East Indian market. The managing director's dilemma was how to sustain Mio Amore's leadership position, while countering the competition from a former brand. Atanu Adhikari is affiliated with Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. Seema Lall is affiliated with J D Birla Institute Department of Management No. 1, Moira St.