Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2017 (Revised December 2017)
Kellogg Company/eighteen94 capital
David Bell, Damien McLoughlin and Natalie Kindred
With 33,000 employees and revenues of $13 billion in 2016, Kellogg Company was the world’s largest producer of branded packaged cereal and a leader in branded convenience foods. Founded in 1906 and based in Michigan, the company had a proud history of product and marketing innovation starting with its first product, Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes, which created the cold cereal category. In recent years, however, Kellogg’s revenue had declined due to a number of factors, including changing consumer tastes, increased competition, and evolving advertising trends and sales channels. Seeing innovation as a key to future success, in 2016 the company established eighteen94 capital, its corporate venture capital arm, which had announced investments in three startups as of late 2017. eighteen94 was conceived as a platform for giving Kellogg access to the kinds of skills, products, and ingredients that could help drive future growth. It was also a vehicle for changing mindsets and culture by reviving the entrepreneurial spirit that some felt had eroded within Kellogg. This case allows students to consider what sort of impact on internal culture and behavior Kellogg should expect from eighteen94 in its current form. Does eighteen94 have the potential to drive the kind of changes and benefits that Kellogg needs?
Keywords: CPG; consumer packaged goods; cereal; Battle Creek; Michigan; breakfast; snack; food; Agribusiness; change management; growth strategy; venture capital; Corporate Venture Capital; innovation; Startup; brand; Brand ＆ product management; advertising; Demand and Consumers; Innovation and Invention; Venture Capital; Food; Brands and Branding; Marketing; Agriculture and Agribusiness Industry; Food and Beverage Industry; Consumer Products Industry; United States; Michigan; North America;
Bell, David, Damien McLoughlin, and Natalie Kindred. "Kellogg Company/eighteen94 capital." Harvard Business School Case 518-061, December 2017. (Revised December 2017.) View Details