Author: FreshIce1027

Strategic Advisory

At CST Consulting, we find Consumer Products companies are increasingly seeking to partner with advisers which have a deep understanding of the industry’s strategic landscape. The ability to provide strategic insights specific to their needs and competitive dynamics is what we offer businesses, advisers, investment banks, and private equity firms.   Our advice is based […]

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Grubhub, Instacart and Amazon: Are they really changing the Food Industry?

The short answer is yes. The U.S. Food Industry is in the midst of a rapidly changing competitive landscape driven by internet-enabled platforms linking customers, retailers, restaurants, and delivery firms. Instacart, Deliv, Peapod and others have helped40% of grocery stores offer home delivery. Similarly, Grubhub, UberEATS, and Caviar are among the firms helping 35% of […]

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RXBAR and Kashi: Lessons (not) Learned?

When Kellogg’s bought Kashi in 2002 the small cereal firm had $50 million in sales. Kellogg’s CEO was David Mackay, and the Battle Creek giant pledged to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit and independence of Kashi. Kellogg’s kept Kashi’s headquarters in California, and Kashi became an innovator in healthy snacks and even extended its brand umbrella […]

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The US Food Industry and Stagnant Middle-Class Income

In the US, middle-class families have not seen a sustained rise in median household real income over the past three decades. The stagnation has not been reversed in recent years despite very low unemployment rates. Median real household income in 2005 was $55K and $56.5K in 2015. However average household expenditures on healthcare, including premiums […]

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