A Business Model For The 21st Century

The Joint Venture Between Cadbury-Schweppes, Ülker, and Sekem

Term Paper, 2007
37 Pages, Grade: 70/A (Excellent)


Table of contents

List of Figures

List of Abbreviations

1 Executive Summary

2 Aims and objectives

3 Cadbury Schweppes
3.1 Company Profile and Structure

4 Internal and External Environmental Forces
4.1 SWOT-Analysis
4.2 PEST – Analysis
4.3 Porter’s Five Forces

5 Market Positioning

6 Market Outlook

7 Company background of potential partners
7.1 Ülker
7.2 Sekem Group

8 Business Analysis and proposal
8.1 Proposal and mode of entry
8.2 Location
8.3 Macro environmental factors
8.4 Strategy
8.5 Operational structure and value chain
8.6 Culture

9 Conclusion

Appendix 1 Theory

Appendix 2 Relevant data


List of Figures

Figure 4-1: Reacting to Consumer Trends

Figure 4-2: Brand Innovation and NPD

Figure 4-3: Marketing and Communication Activities

Figure 4-4: Key Factors for Success (over the next 5 years)

Figure 5-1: Confectionery revenue growth 2006

Figure 5-2: Global confectionery market shares (2003-05)

Figure 6-1: Lifecycle

Figure 7-1: Public Survey (Ülker 2005)

Figure 8-1: Ansoff Matrix

Figure 8-2: Generic Strategies

Figure 8-3: Operational structure of joint activities

Figure 8-4: Value chain Innovation process

Figure 8-5: Cultural differences

List of Abbreviations

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1 Executive Summary

The natural and organic food and drinks market is experiencing a boom in popularity around the world, as healthy eating messages start to make an impact on consumers. The food and drink industry must now respond to increased consumer health awareness, sophistication, experimentation and interest in new flavours and textures, with innovative new products. Cadbury Schweppes recently announced that they want to split up their beverages and confectionery businesses in order to focus more on their food sector. Hence, the time might be right to think about expanding into markets with growth opportunities. A new strategy starts with a vision, and should include as key elements considerations about sustainability, distinctiveness, and competitive advantages. The vision for Cadbury Schweppes is derived from its shifting environment in which they operate. The idea is to form an alliance were Cadbury Schweppes is able to learn from its partners and consequently maintain its position as a global leader in the 21st century.

2 Aims and objectives

The aim of this report is to provide a detailed overview about the potential of a joint venture between Cadbury Schweppes, the Ülker Group, and the Sekem Group. For this purpose environmental factors will be considered in the third section, followed by a current market analysis. In the next section both potential partners will be introduced. The final section provides the business proposal with analysis of strategy, operational structure, and value chain innovation. It should be pointed out that only the most significant factors of several frameworks are examined. Further details as well as the theory are described in the appendices. Moreover, the appendices should support and confirm the statements given in this work and assist the reader to get a clearer picture about the potential of the proposed business idea.

3 Cadbury Schweppes

3.1 Company Profile and Structure

The heritage of the company dates back to 1783 when Jacob Schweppe perfected his process for manufacturing carbonated mineral water in Geneva, Switzerland, and to 1824 when John Cadbury opened in Birmingham selling cocoa and chocolate. In 1969 Cadbury Schweppes was formed through a merger between these two great household names. Today Cadbury Schweppes (CS) is the worlds’ third largest soft drinks producer after the Coca Cola Company and PepsiCo, and is also the leading UK confectionery producer. Sales in 2006 period amounted to £7.4bn with a profit of £1.165bn. Through almost fifty acquisitions in the confectionary and beverages sector, Cadbury Schweppes has built up a much stronger position within the confectionery market with key brands include Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadburys Crème Egg and Cadburys Caramel (www.cadburyschweppes.com).

The company is organised into four business segments (regions), and six global functions. Each region is focused on commercial operations in its geographical and product area, and also maintains teams from each of the six functions. The four regions are Americas Beverages[1] ; Americas Confectionery; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific. The functions are Global Supply Chain, Global Commercial, Science & Technology, Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology, and Legal (www.cadburyschweppes.com).

4 Internal and External Environmental Forces

4.1 SWOT-Analysis


The weaknesses mentioned in the following section are taken from a survey which was designed to establish an industry opinion on the top 10 leaders in food. The respondents were asked to rank these companies in terms of ability to react to consumer trends, brand innovation and new product development (NPD), and strength of marketing and communications activities (Massey, 2006).

Reacting to Consumer Trends

As you can see from Figure 4-1, 63.6% of executives rated DANONE as the most effective, while Cadbury Schweppes was rated as the second least effective at reacting to consumer trends.

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Figure 4-1: Reacting to Consumer Trends

Source: Business Insight

Brand Innovation and NPD

An interesting observation in Figure 4-2 is that Danone again was rated the leader in innovation with 70.7% of the votes. Cadbury Schweppes again was rated the second weakest, with over 20 % of executives rating the company as weak or very weak in brand innovation and NPD.

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Figure 4-2: Brand Innovation and NPD

Source: Business Insight

Marketing and Communications Activities

The following Figure 4-3 highlights that 72.7% of executives rated PepsiCo as strong or very strong in their marketing and communications activities. Cadbury Schweppes was ranked the weakest with 22.2% of executives rating the company as either weak or very weak.

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Figure 4-3: Marketing and Communication Activities

Source: Business Insight


Cadbury Schweppes is often rated in weak positions and need to strengthen their NPD, brand, innovation and marketing strategies, in order to compete more effectively with other global food leaders. A great opportunity is to develop new products and step into markets with growth potential such as Organic foods, Healthy functional foods, and Ethnic foods (Massey, 2006). As you can see from figure 4-4, NPD is regarded as the most important key factor for success.

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Figure 4-4: Key Factors for Success (over the next 5 years)

Source: Business Insight


Beside the fact that the confectionery industry is highly competitive including firms competing in multiple geographic areas as well as firms that are primarily local in operation, there exists also changes in consumer preferences, including changes based on health and obesity concerns, shifting consumer tastes and needs, changes in consumer lifestyles, increased consumer information and competitive product and pricing pressures. Analysts expect that healthy and ethnic diversified food is a strong trend that will have the most influence over company strategies over the next few years (Meziane, 2007).

4.2 PEST – Analysis


There is an increasing awareness of government and public health officials to the dangers of artificially produced ingredients, genetically modified foods, and obesity as well as health concerns (Departement of Health, 2007). Increasing public awareness about these issues and negative publicity resulting from actual or threatened legal actions may reduce demand for Cadbury Schweppes’s confectionery products which could affect their profitability.


[1] Cadbury Schweppes sold the Europe Beverages region on 2nd February 2006, and announced on 15th Mar 07 that it intends to separate its confectionery and Americas Beverages businesses.

[2] For theoretical aspects of the frameworks see Appendix 1 on p. 18-24

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A Business Model For The 21st Century
The Joint Venture Between Cadbury-Schweppes, Ülker, and Sekem
Leeds Metropolitan University
Managing International Partnerships
70/A (Excellent)
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Atilla Kibar (Author), 2007, A Business Model For The 21st Century, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/90734


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