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The key account manager at Pioneer Products, was elated. She had just presented the category manager at King's Food Stores (KFS), with her observations and preliminary recommendations based on her review of the table syrup category (see King's Food Stores (A), 9A95A006). He was delighted with her new insights into the category and was now considering the formation of a strategic alliance with Pioneer Products to manage the table syrup business. He had just provided her with additional valuable, confidential information about consumer behaviour, pricing, and promotions. Her challenge now was to develop further her recommendations for KFS.
To introduce students to category management by taking students through the first and second stages of category management - reviewing the category and targeting consumers; helping students understand the role of the retailer and the role of the manufacturer in category management.