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WOW Popcorn - Go WOW All The Way!*

CASE STUDY, MARKETING MANAGEMENT
ET Cases, 14 pages
AUTHOR(S) : Dr. Ragini Mohanty (Head of Department, Healthcare, Welingkar Institute of Management), Richa Shah(Assistant Professor, Healthcare, Welingkar Institute of Management), Devanti Jaiswal(Student, PGDM, Healthcare, Welingkar Institute of Management)

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WOW Popcorn – Go WOW All The Way!

 

A movie theatre, a vending machine, aroma of butter, the sound of popping, and tubs of the favorite sizzling popping snack – the universal popcorn…feels like “Yes, I have experienced it. But, can I have more choice in flavor? Can it be of international quality? Can it be healthy?...” Yeh Dil Maange More... these are just a few amongst the many questions that have been making rounds in the mind of this young, Gen Y woman entrepreneur – who can be called The Queen of Popcorn.

When you think of WOW think popcorn... When you think of Popcorn think “WOW”!

Ms. Neha Goyal, a management graduate and entrepreneur, fond of eating popcorn, yet not contented with the variety and good place where one could find it. She used to eat either at theatres or the microwave popped ones and this fact, according to her, was not doing justice to the product. Amidst this contemplation, a trip to the United States of America changed her perception.

‘WOW’

She came across an assortment of popcorns which looked and tasted so very different from what she had eaten until now. Subsequently, she desired to bring it back home to India, and provide the experience of international taste and variety through her revolutionary idea of chain of stores serving fresh, healthy, and hygienically prepared popcorn. One thing was sure, that the business model would definitely not be a pedestal popper, but rather a scientific model, supported by the appropriate technology and culinary expertise.....................

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WOW Popcorn – Go WOW All The Way!

 

Synopsis

Popcorn is typically associated with movie halls and microwaves, it is ‘The Perfect Snack’ - hot, fresh, in multiple flavors, relatively healthier than all the deep-friend junk food out there, and as with the best things in life, tastefully addictive. This case study explores the journey of a woman entrepreneur in gourmet food popcorn category business. The model includes multiple retail outlets serving gourmet popcorn experiences to all. The brand’s USP: large, quality kernels sourced from across the world and a small-batch process that makes sure no matter when you enter the store, you’re getting a fresh lot. Though currently associated with only the movie culture, positioning of this small poor man’s staple food is witnessing a paradigm shift in urban and rural areas. This case study helps better understanding of this new innovative venture, customer & market segmentation & business strategy to the making of WOW Popcorn a top of the mind brand in gourmet popcorn category.........

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Abstract

Popcorn is typically associated with movie theatres. 'The Perfect Snack' - hot, fresh, in multiple flavors, relatively healthier than all the deep-friend junk food out there, and as with the best things in life, tastefully addictive.

Who could imagine having Popcorn Stores!

Neha Goyal (Neha), Founder of 'Wow Popcorn', identified this gap in the market and came up with a chain of popcorn stores. She believes that gourmet popcorn' experiences are definitely in. The brand's USP: large, quality kernels sourced from across the world and a small-batch process that makes sure no matter when one enters the store, one gets a fresh lot. It is a one of its kind stores. The flavors, WOW currently offers, score high on the cards for taste, freshness, aroma, texture and quality.

Neha dream to break the old age theory that popcorn is only associated with movies. Neha plans to expand to different segments of the market from bars to weddings, as snacks.

With the world changing to more and more innovative, this case study will help to understand the changing eating habits and penetration of newer food products in the market.


Pedagogical Objective

The case study will help to understand about the business plan of a new innovative entrepreneurial venture, its customers, market segmentation and Strategy and the journey to the making of WOW Popcorn.

Case Positioning and Setting

  • PG courses
  • First year courses
    • Marketing Management - PESTEL, SWOT Analysis, STPD, marketing mix
    • Consumer Behavior - Consumer Insights, Perception
    • Market Research - Methods
  • Second year courses
    • Entrepreneurship - traits, process of entrepreneurship, business feasibility, types of business
    • ownership, etc.
    • Innovative Thinking
    • Retail Management - Operations Management i.e., location & layout, Systems driven
    • operations, Customer delight, Value added services.
  • UG courses
    • Marketing Management - PESTEL, SWOT Analysis, STPD, marketing mix
    • Entrepreneurship - Traits, Process of Entrepreneurship, business feasibility, types of business
      ownership, etc.


    * GSMC 2014, IIM Raipur



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