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Eden All Natural peanut butter: A small enterprise competing in a saturated South African market

Publication date: 8 December 2022


Subject area of the teaching case:

The case is particularly well suited to courses in marketing, promotion, integrated marketing communication, or marketing for small and medium enterprises.

Student level:

This teaching case is aimed at postgraduate students in management or business programmes.

Brief overview of the teaching case:

This case focusses on the growth direction and product promotion decisions of Debbie Ncube, cofounder and managing director of Eden All Natural (Eden) - an award-winning small enterprise that competes in the peanut butter category - in 2021. Conservative with the use of the company’s financial resources, Ncube has to reconsider Eden’s reliance on word-of-mouth, social media, and network marketing for promoting her range of natural peanut and other nut-based products. The case requires students to identify and evaluate the growth options available to Eden, to consider the strategy decisions around product line management and brand development, and to explore the role of packaging in effective product promotion.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • To develop strategic product-market growth options (using the market diversification matrix) for a growing enterprise

  • To recommend what product line management and brand development strategies can be employed as the product mix gets bigger

  • To explore how packaging could continue to be leveraged to grow sales



Jere, M. (2022), "Eden All Natural peanut butter: A small enterprise competing in a saturated South African market", .



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