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Question:

Tens of thousands New Zealanders have eating difficulties, as a result of illnesses, dental

issues or injuries, and have relied on texture modified food (TMF). Often, they have

struggled to maintain a healthy diet.

Sam Bridgewater’s stepfather

who had cancer in the jaw

was one of those sufferers

who struggled with the enjoyment, independence and dignity of eating. Sam reckoned

there had to be a better way to bring pleasure back into eating and improve their quality

of life.

For nearly two yea

rs, Sam and his business partners, older brother and Olympic rower

George Bridgewater and Maia Royal, researched texture modified or soft food and

developed their innovative product that looks and tastes great.

They talked to clinicians, dentists, District

Health Boards, food scientists, chefs and

consumers, and found a market niche for people with eating difficulties.

The three partners launched The Pure Food Co (PFC) onto the market in October 2014 and

first concentrated on supplying nutritionally fortifi

ed meals in plastic pouches to people

living at home, including elderly and children with eating difficulties. The company then

moved on and began supplying aged care facilities.

Part of the company’s unique solution is that the meals are served as individ

ual

components (meat, vegetables) rather than one mash of pureed food

the look and taste

are consistent with the colour and flavour of a normal meal.

Sam, a former corporate banker, says independently commissioned research showed tens

of thousands of peo

ple in New Zealand are presently on a TMF diet.

The eating difficulties may be related to cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,

stroke, and having no teeth or a broken jaw.

“We decided to provide a real food solution that keeps people well nouris

hed,” he

says.

“The meals include proteins, vegetables, carbohydrates and sauces, and we reduced

the plate size and increased the vital nutrition to ensure every mouthful is a winner.”

The consumers can choose, for example, hoki fish pie with leek and po

tato, cooked in a

béchamel sauce and hints of lemon, nutmeg and bay leaf; or roast lamb with potato,

parsnip and carrot sautéed with thyme, and braised purple cabbage.

The fresh beetroot is cooked with a touch of balsamic and the green beans are flash cook

ed

with a hint of lemon.

Sam and Maia first worked at their kitchen bench in Grey Lynn, and then operated out of

Massey University’s production kitchen in Albany. “We got our friends and our

grandparents to taste our food, and we took it to consumers at Me

rcy Hospice,” Sam says.

Organised through Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s Regional

Business Partner Network programme, The Pure Food Co received a $5000 Callaghan

Innovation Getting Started grant and then Callaghan contributed $12,800

towards a

$32,000 R&D project.

The new business reached the stage of refining manufacturing processes and completing

pre

production runs at the state

of

the

art FoodBowl processing plant, located near

Auckland airport.

ATEED’s Local Economy Growth Manager,

Paul Robinson

who provided insights into the

healthcare food services market

says The Pure Food Co has developed a unique range of

textured modified meals. The company’s production now incorporates a full 28

day menu

cycle and it is in solid growth mo

de.

He says the founders have financial backgrounds and have taken a very regimented and

disciplined approach to determine if there is an opportunity in this area. They have

developed a very compelling investment proposition.

The Pure Food Co is now comple

ting two

day production runs at The FoodBowl every three

weeks and is supplying its nutritious meals to aged care facilities and homes throughout

the country.

The meals are supplied chilled and have a six week shelf life. Customers can choose their

own mea

ls or be sent a chef

selected set menu that provides a balanced and varied diet.

The menus will be refreshed every six months in line with seasonal ingredients, and each

meal costs $7.50.

The Pure Food Co will first tackle the New Zealand market but has an

eye on exporting.

“We have a very healthy pipeline of interest, and we are aware of strong export

opportunities,” says Sam.

The world is The Pure Food Co’s oyster

nutritionally fortified, that is.

http://www.aucklandnz.com/business/pure

food

meals

hit

a

sweet

spot

for

people

with

eating

problems

Learning outcome

1

Q1. Identify and

Explain ONE target segment of T

he PFC.

4 marks

(Identification: 2

marks; Explanation: 2 marks)

Learning outcome

1

Q2. A.

Explain

briefly

all the four stages of Product Life Cycle

(PLC)

.

Discuss

which stage of

the PLC

is The PFC’s product

offe

ring in.

12

marks (Explanation of each stage: 4 stages*2 marks

;

Correct id

entification: 2 marks;

discussion

: 2 marks

)

Learning outcome

2

Q3. E

xplain the two broad types of Equity Finance

.

Propose and justify the best Equity

Finance opt

ion to Sam Bridgewater, CEO of T

he PFC.

10

marks (Correct identification: 2 types*1 mark; Explanation: 2 types*2 marks

;

Correct

option: 2 marks; Justification: 2 marks

)

Learning outcome 2

Q4. Recommend

FOUR

appropriate sources of s

hort

term borrowing

to the CEO of

T

he

PFC

.

Provide reasons for the sources selected.

12 marks

(Sources: 4*1 mark; reasoning: 4*2 marks)

Learning outcome

2

Q5. Having

The

PFC in consideration, conduct analysis of New Zealand’s

p

olitical,

economic

and s

ocio

cultural environmental factors,

support your analysis with TWO

points for each factor.

12 marks (Analysis of three factors, two points each: 6*2 marks)

Learning outcome

1

Q6. A.

U

sing examples

,

List and explain

three types of Intermittent Production Systems.

12 marks (Correct types: 3*1 mark; Explanation: 3*2 marks;

correct

examples: 3*1

mark)

B. Identify and discuss T

he PFC production system.

4

marks (Correct identification:

2

mark

s

; Discussion: 2 marks)

Learning outcome

1

Q7.

Assess

the importance of R

esearch

&

D

evelopment

for T

he PFC.

Support your answer

with

examples from the case

provided

.

6

marks (

Assessment

: 2 poi

nts*2 marks; Examples: 2*1 mark

)

Learning outcome 2

Q8.A. Explain three objectives of

the

Human Resource Planning process.

6 marks

(Explanation of objectives: 3*2 marks)

B. For the sal

he PFC suggest a Human Resource Plan

(HRP).

Support your answer with appropriate/justified assumptions

.

6 marks (Correct objectives: 3*2 marks)

Learning outcome 2

Q9.

Identify THREE

stakeholders for T

he PFC and

discuss

their importance.

8 marks (Correct identification: 4*1 mark;

Discuss

ion: 4*1 mark)

Learning outcome 3

Q10. In order to successfully manage rapid growth phase of the company

, identify and

discuss

FOUR

mos

t important self

management skills the CEO, Sam Bridgewater, needs to

develop.

Support

your answer

with appropriate justification

.

8

marks (Cor

rect identification of skills: 4*1 mark; Justification: 4

*1 mark

Answer:

Question 1

            The target customers of the respective company named Pure Food Company are the individuals or patients who are having different difficulties related to eating or dental issues as well. The respective company provides texture modified food items wherein the taste will remain the same and it is easier to feed the patients as well. The patients are the ones who are having difficulties dementia, Alzheimer’s as well as Parkinson. The main aim of PFC is to provide real food solution to the different patients (Broner, Lorenzoni & Schmukler, 2013).

Question 2

The four stages of product life cycle are as follows:

  • Beginning phase is wherein merchandise is properly implemented in the market and this will help in proper development of the clear identity in competitive market. In this particular stage, there is negative kind of image as the volume of sales is less and the cost is huge in nature
  • The second stage is the growth stage wherein the revenues and the sales starts growing properly and in this stage there is huge competition in market as well. Due to the huge amount of competition in the market, there is huge investment made by the company that is done on advertisements as well as convincing the customers and profit may decline as well
  • The third stage is the maturity stage that includes proper awareness of the brand and this helps in growing the entire sales of the company as well. The loyal customers make purchase and this will help in gaining competitive advantage as well (Zalengera et al., 2014)
  • Lastly, the decline stage wherein due to the unfavorable conditions there is decline in revenues as well as sales of the respective company due to change in trends

The stage of PLC wherein PFC is offering their target customers the GROWTH STAGE wherein the revenues and the profit will increase and the competition will increase to a great extent as well. The target buyers will make huge purchase and this will help the company to be more recognized in nature.

Question 3

Two types of equity finance are as follows:

  • External Finance
  • Internal Finance
  • Financing with self earned money wherein the new business has just started off and this will include the money of the owner or the investor who has made the purchase to start off the entire business (Benmelech & Dvir, 2013)
  • Venture capital is the equity finance wherein in order to expand the entire business, the venture capitalist and this kind of capital has substantial amount of risk that is involved in it

The venture capital is one of the good options that can be adopted by CEO of the company who will be the institutional investors of the company. This will help the respective company in generating growth in the business as well. This will help in generating new trend in the business that will be strong as well as growing in nature (Nellemann et al., 2014)

Question 4

Four appropriate sources of short term borrowing to CEO of PFC Company are:

  • Entering in overdraft agreement with the Bank, this will help PFC in borrowing money for setting their business in an effective manner. There can be necessity of the collateral security with interest that will be involved in it as well
  • There can be different other discounts such as invoice discounting and this will help PFC in taking different commercial bills to make the payment less and the collection of the rest amount will be done on the due date from customers
  • Proper selling of the investments can help the respective company in making payments in different installments and this will help them to grow faster in the competitive market as well (Baker, 2014)
  • Proper advances to customers is essential in nature as this will help the entire company in making advance payments from customers and this will help in channelizing the different operations as well

Question 5

Economic Environmental Factors

  • With proper implementation of the offering different discounts and promotions along with keeping the prices low in nature (Armstrong et al., 2015)
  • Proper kind of options has to be adopted and this has to be made available to the customers for convenience of customers

Political environmental factors

  • There are different trends that affects PFC in having positive impact on healthier options of providing proper and healthy food
  • The company targets patients who are having different eating issues along with swallowing issues as well that will help in improving international trade

Socio Cultural environmental factors

  • Different usage of slogans can help in making brand successful in nature
  • The appropriate kind of change in the company can affect the customer base

The types of intermittent production system are as follow:

Batch production flow:

In this production flow, the process is divided into various jobs. The tasks are divided based on some specified sequence, which is predetermined or as it may be instructed by the customer (Weske, 2012). The batches are also produced in anticipation of demand. Examples may include heavy machines or medium machines.

Jobbing production flow:

In the jobbing flow, the firm accepts the order from the customer to produce a single unit of a particular design or many units as per the specification provided by the consumer (Carroll & Buchholtz, 2014). The price of the contract is kept fixed from before at the time when the contract was received. Examples may include repair shop services or manufacturing a special machine.

Project production flow:

This is with respect to a particular order. In the given case, the company accepts and produces a single order at a time and finishes the order within a specified period for a specific cost. Examples of this may include construction of roads, dam and airports.

Importance of research and development

Research and developed plays a vital role in the innovation of a service or a product. The research and development is the main ingredient behind the success of a product. It provides the platform to foster creativity and innovation. A proper research and development facility may help the company in gaining advantage against the competitor. This advantage is considered crucial in the business environment, as there is intense competition. Sam and his partners, for PFC wanted to develop a product, which had high nutritious value as well as one with a good taste (Ebert et al., 2014). The partners analysed the market and researched upon the various reasons why people faced problems while eating.  After their research, the formed a niche market catering to the needs of the people who had problems while eating. They consulted with chefs, food scientists, doctors and dentists and finally came up with a product, which was healthy and tasty as well.

Part 1

The three objectives of human resource planning are as follow:

  • Human resource planning helps in analysing and assessing the number of people, which is needed in the organization for the future as well present endeavours of the firm. The relevant skills that are required in the firm are analyzed and the recruitment is planned.
  • To determine the training needs of the employees.
  • To minimize the imbalances present in the firm. The organization needs to employee the right people at the right time.

Part 2

The human resource plan of PFC should be genuine and realistic. The balance between the supply and demand should be maintained in order to reduce extra labour costs. The main skills for the marketing team are communication and organization (Griffin & Pustay, 2012). The marketing team must be organized and be able to communicate to their customers and convince them to buy. The staff can be hired through campus requirements or through job portals available online.

The three stakeholders for PFC are as follow:

  • Sam Bridgewater- He is the main mastermind behind the product idea and the company is his concept. He has the highest stake in the company.
  • George Bridgewater and Maia royal (Partners) – They are the partners of the firm who have invested their time and energy as well as funds into the business (Myers, 2013). They have a large stake in the success of the business.
  • Customers- They is the reason the company was developed. They satisfaction of customers is of utmost importance.

The self- management skills are one of the most important skills required by any CEO. They are important in the success of a business.

Given below are four most important skills for self-management

  • Stress management- Conducting a business is not easy. Therefore if faced by stress the CEO should know how to manage it in order to not hinder his thinking ability.
  • Time Management- the CEO has a lot of burden on his shoulders and limited time. Therefore, the CEO needs to have acute time management skills that will help him to prioritize the tasks based on their importance. (Hall & Rusher, 2013).
  • Organizing Skills- Organization is the key to success. If the CEO has proper organization skills then he will be able to manage all the interrelated tasks and make his business successful.
  • Decision Making Skill- Business involves taking important decisions. Therefore, the CEO must have the decision-making skills so that whenever such a phase comes, the CEO can take a decision that benefits the whole organization.

Therefore, if the CEO of PFC has these self-management skills then he will be able to successfully take the business to new heights.

 

 

References

Armstrong, G., Kotler, P., Harker, M., & Brennan, R. (2015). Marketing: an introduction. Pearson Education.

Baker, M. J. (2014). Marketing strategy and management. Palgrave Macmillan.

Benmelech, E., & Dvir, E. (2013). Does short-term debt increase vulnerability to crisis? Evidence from the East Asian financial crisis. Journal of International Economics89(2), 485-494.

Broner, F. A., Lorenzoni, G., & Schmukler, S. L. (2013). Why do emerging economies borrow short term?. Journal of the European Economic Association11(suppl_1), 67-100.

Carroll, A., & Buchholtz, A. (2014). Business and society: Ethics, sustainability, and stakeholder management. Nelson Education

Ebert, R. J., Griffin, R. W., Starke, F. A., & Dracopoulos, G. (2014). Business essentials. Pearson Education Canada.

Griffin, R. W., & Pustay, M. W. (2012). International business. Pearson Higher Ed.

Hall, C. M., & Rusher, K. (2013). Risky lifestyles? Entrepreneurial characteristics of the New Zealand bed and breakfast sector. Small in Firms Tourism, Michael, HC and K. Rusher (Eds.). Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 83-98.

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Nellemann, C., Henriksen, R., Raxter, P., Ash, N., & Mrema, E. (2014). The environmental crime crisis: threats to sustainable development from illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife and forest resources. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Weske, M. (2012). Business process management architectures. In Business Process Management (pp. 333-371). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Zalengera, C., Blanchard, R. E., Eames, P. C., Juma, A. M., Chitawo, M. L., & Gondwe, K. T. (2014). Overview of the Malawi energy situation and A PESTLE analysis for sustainable development of renewable energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews38, 335-347.

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