Overcoming Customer Dependency - A Case Study of Small Consumer Food Producers in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

Dependency on a small number of customer puts intense pressure on suppliers' profit margin and, in slow growing markets, limits their ability to grow. using stragtegic benchmarking information, a group of Northern Ireland consumer food producer are shown, depsite slow market growth and higher than averge customer dependency, to have increased market share while maintaining aboe vergate proitability. examination of the business strategic and develoment activites of the consumer food firms,and comparble information for other small food prodcuers in Ireland, suggests and emphasiss on cost-reduction and new prodcut development. A comparision of the productivity and prodcut range of the consuer food firms provides evidence of the success of these strategic. This suggests that even a relatively weak market situations, charactrised by dependency on a small number of customers, can be over come by effective and appropriate business strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Volume17 (4)
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management

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