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A large salted snack food company has steadily been losing market share over that past two years, from a high of 20% to the current level of 18%. Profits as a percent of sales, however, have been growing.

What could be causing this? Give me some factors you would attribute to causing a drop in market share.

Case Study Overview

This business case interview involves a snack food company that is slowly losing market share. Your job is to dig into the data, crunch the numbers, and determine the cause(s) of the decline.

The Market Study framework is a good starting place for your structure for the case. However, don’t rely on the basic case frameworks in case studies. You’ll want to build the best possible structure for the problem at hand, which often means thinking outside the box and incorporating bits and pieces of other frameworks into your structures.

Preparing for a first round interview? This business case interview is a good practice case for a 1st round case. No math diagrams appear inside the case.

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