03 Sep The environment in which consumers make purchases continually changes and evolves. Over the past few years, several trends emerged in the consumer buying environment that is affecting t
Please see below for the instructions. There is an attachment, the attachment is the company information this assignment is in regard to, Gale's Green Barn.
1-2 pages max, with one reference. This is needed by Tonight September 2 or by 8 am September 3 -8am (CST Central Standard Time/US)
The environment in which consumers make purchases continually changes and evolves. Over the past few years, several trends emerged in the consumer buying environment that is affecting their buying behavior and purchasing patterns. This trend challenges marketers to try to create messages that properly reflect consumer behaviors and influence their purchasing decisions. Students will identify and evaluate new trends in the consumer environment impacting purchasing patterns and consequently marketing strategies in the industry of their chosen company.
The teams are required to write and submit a 1-2 page paper with a minimum of one reference.
Gale’s Green Barn, based in Olathe, Kansas, with five locations across the U.S., was founded by Dottie Gale in 2012. The Gale Family, five generations of farmers, sells produce at county fairs and roadside produce stands. In 2010, after completing her MBA, Dottie Gale handed in her resignation to pharmaceutical lab, she’d been working at in Dublin, Ireland, and returned to her family’s row- crop farm in Olathe. Dottie was interested in sustainability and healthier living. In the span of eight years, Gale’s Green Barn grew to five locations – Olathe, Chicago, Santa Clarita, Atlanta and Denver. Sales at each of the locations was appx $5 million annually with revenues generated from products, soil and seed sales, classes, and Farm to Table Weekend Events. Gale’s Green Barns are community-based operations and have no online sales presence. Sales were increasing yearly driven by consumer interest in non-GMO produce, alternative medicine and sustainability.
In March of 2020, Gale’s Green Barn was impacted by the pandemic. All five locations were closed April – December, resulting in layoffs at all five locations.
Dottie made the decision to close the Farm to Table offering permanently
because dine-in options were restricted. She started to rent out the land and kitchens to local growers to generate revenue. Dottie’s supplier/farmer partners were also affected. She could no longer support the Food Banks in the communities she served. Gale’s Green Barns re-opened in January 2021 with limited capacity. The losses are enormous. The Green Barn has a website and some use of social media, but no online sales. Dottie is looking for your consulting firm to create a strategic marketing proposal focused on rebranding and repositioning to save her family business.
Stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Farmers, Food Banks, Community, Board, Suppliers, Lenders
Gale’s Green Barn Mission: “Plants with a Purpose – Organic plants, products and produce for healthier living.”
Revenue Generators: • Garden Center – Sales of Essential Oils, Hemp products, CBD, seed packets, produce, pots, crafts made by locals. • Soil Sales – Sales of specially formulated soils sold in bulk. • Classes – Kids’ Create Your Own Garden, Repotting Plants, How to Grow Your Own Herbs…. • Farm-To-Table – Now closed. Offered weekend only dinner events with all local produce offerings. • Land Rental – Renting land to apartment dwellers who are interested in gardening.
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