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A1 Steak Sauce (Lawry's Defense) - Case Analysis
Selwyn Paul
Davenport University
Marketing Strategies
MKTG610
Dr. Paula Zobisch
Aug 09, 2011

A1 Steak Sauce (Lawry's Defense) - Case Analysis
Case Recap
A.1. Steak Sauce was founded in England in 1830 by King George's Chef, Henderson William Brand and introduced to North America in the early 1900s. The Sauce became a premier brand of Kraft Foods Inc. who acquired it from Nabisco in 2002. (Kerin & Peterson, 2011, 630). A.1. Steak Sauce had done well in sales, and was able to secure excellent margins for Kraft Foods Inc. with a market share of approximately 50% and a brand awareness that was second to none (Kerin & Peterson, 631). However due to a decrease in beef consumption in United States, Kraft Foods Inc. witnessed a drop in sales which led to subsequent stagnation as sales of the Steak Sauce flattened out. And despite an increase in dollar sales due to higher prices for the sauce, the unit and volume sales of the sauce continued on a flattened trajectory. A.1. Also faced stiff competition from Lawry an organization renowned for its spices and seasonings, who announced the launch of a new steak sauce.
Lawry’s strategy was to market their new steak sauce at a reduced price but very similar to A.1., with the goal of making Lawry the better choice for customers. As a result of this new competition from Lawry’s, Kraft Foods and A.1., was faced with the challenge of determining the best course of action the company should take to counteract this new threat. (Kerin & Peterson, 2011, 634)
Problem Identification
Lawry’s, a subsidiary of Unilever, famous for its marinades, seasoning blends, and premium spices throughout the United States is launching a new steak sauce with the intent of competing with A.1 for the prominent spot in...

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