Management Consulting Case Study-Maine Apples

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Case Scenario-:
Our customer, Danut, is a Korean giant that just bought a little biotechnology company in Boston.
The biotech company that was bought has created a chemical that aids in managing the ripening of vegetables. Danut would like to know if they should try to market this chemical since after testing, it seems to function particularly well with apples: it enables apple orchards to harvest sooner and it increases the overall quality of the harvest.

Key Case Steps-:

1. Seize opportunities to confirm market attractiveness.
2. Examine the income and expense profiles of the orchard
3.Financial success of Project Danut
4.Identify the qualitative considerations for market size and price.

Key Questions-
Is the market substantial enough to endure?

How much more profit does our product provide for a farmer who owns an apple orchard?

Analyze Danut's manufacturing expenses to see how much profit the company may make from its price.

How large is Maine's apple market? Does this sound potentially significant enough to warrant more research into this product?

  • A typical orchard contains 100 acres of land and generates $30K per acre in annual revenue. There is just one apple harvest each year.

What are the cost savings of using the chemical?

  • Due to the chemical, the farmer may harvest 10 days earlier.
  • The expense of crop maintenance for a 100-acre orchard is $1.5K each night. Farmers are able to harvest crops 10 days earlier because to the pesticide.


The respondent should give a number between 25% and 50%. The novelty of the offering should make anything beyond 50% suspect. The gross margin, assuming a $1,000 per acre pricing, will be 50%. This is unquestionably a reasonable asking price, if not a touch low. The interviewee should make notice of the farmer's exceptionally large profit margin.

Recommended solution-:

Our client should commercialize this chemical and price it at approximately $1,000 per acre to make a 50%  margin. Is there a risk of backlash and/or boycotting from the general public? Could the U.S.  government attempt to regulate our product? Do we have the resources to do this?”. “Is this opportunity too small relative to the size of the client?

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By Vandana Gaur




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