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Luna Bars. By: Chelsea Schneider, Andrew Rubin, Sean Stewart& Yossi Weinberg. I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination or assignment. Luna Bar History. Launched in 1999 Demand from women within Clif Bar company
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Luna Bars By: Chelsea Schneider, Andrew Rubin, Sean Stewart& Yossi Weinberg I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination or assignment.
Luna Bar History • Launched in 1999 • Demand from women within Clif Bar company • Quickly gained 17% market share • Preexisting distribution channels • Luna = Greek goddess of the moon
Target Market • Teenaged girls- adult women • Created for active women who want something that tastes good and is good for them • “It is an indulgent treat that satiates hunger and helps women more easily fit protein into their diet” (lunabar.com)
Product • Product differentiation from the ClifBar • Released in 1999 with the tagline “The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women” • Nutzover Chocolate, Trail Mix, Lemon Zest, and Chocolate Pecan Pie • Two new product lines
Product (Nutrition) • Boasts less than 200 calories and only 5 grams of fat • Nutritional health benefits catered to women’s needs • Soy protein, calcium, folic acid, zinc, iron • Antioxidants • GMO soy protein for breast health
Product (Packaging) • Promotes with bright, shiny contrasting colors on the package. Each bar has a stamp that says “70 percent organic, all natural” on the front • Convenient size • Clif sponsors Terracycle who offers products made out of the Luna bar wrapper
Price • Bars are slightly more expensive than competing brands like balance bars and power bars because of high quality and organic ingredients • Luna Bar – $18.75/box (15) (Same as clif bar) • PowerBarPria - $15/box (15) • Atkins Advantage - $9/ box (5) = $30 • 1 year after release bar price ranged from $1.49 to $1.79. Now a little higher ($1.60 to $2.30)
Place (Distribution) • Luna piggybacked on the distribution scheme of clif bar • Can be found at: • Shoppers, REI, Safeway, Giant, Target, Trader Joes, Super Fresh, Whole Foods, Nordstrom, sports specialty stores… • A mix of major food distributors and sporty/earthy specialty stores as well as some women’s stores • Found next to other power bars • Also sold online
Promotion • Luna Bar Website • http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_clif_bar/3024%20vs%20 • http://lunabar.com/?refer=icon • Steering clear of traditional advertising to women that often resorts to stereotypes, LUNA Bar is portrayed as a healthy, yet indulgent escape. • Magazine advertsements
Promotion • Luna Moms Club • Lunafest • Luna on Campus • Team Luna Chix • Corporate responsibility • Bringing women together through sports
Strengths • Variety of flavors • Promotes Wellness • Breast Cancer Fund • Large distribution channels • Loyal core consumers • Five “bottom lines”
Weaknesses • Lack of mainstream advertising • Niche product • Other bars market to a wider range of consumers • More expensive than other alternatives
Opportunities • Very targeted demographic • First bar to specifically target women • Shift from impulse buy to a sought after product • Large amount of resources • Sister company of Clif Bar
Threats • Established brands • Powerbar, Balance Bar, MetRx, etc. • Organic ingredient recalls • Recent recall on products containing peanuts • New entrants targeting women as well
Recommendations • Extend product mix to align company with competitors • Protein shake, other snacks, cereals • Luna bar for adolescent girls, much like Clif bar for kids • Adjust pricing strategy to compete better within the energy/ nutrition bar category
Recommendations continued • Develop promotional strategy to increase brand recognition • Cross-promotional programs with Clif Bar • Expand college ambassadors program to larger campuses • Celebrity endorsers • Social networking • Sales Promotion
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