Manufacturing Business Plan Template [Updated 2023]

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V. Competitive Analysis

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Direct & Indirect Competitors

The following businesses are located within a 10-mile radius of [Company Name], thus providing either direct or indirect competition for customers:

Snacks’n More

Snacks’n More is another local manufacturing company that provides snack food to the immediate area. Established over thirty years ago, the company has the knowledge and expertise in food processing, commercialization, and packaging. They are known as a recognized ingredient supplier for the foodservice industry. Their portfolio of products include a variety of nut, snack, confections, and dry-blend ingredients. As a private label manufacturer, Snack’s More produces a full line of non-chocolate candy, nuts, and fruit-flavored snacks. The company is known for their fruit flavored snacks, dried raisins, nut mixes, and producing ingredients for local restaurants and establishments. Their line of nuts and dried fruits are often used for baking purposes.

Jaxon’s Candy

Jaxon’s Candy is a manufacturer of all things candy related. As a contract manufacturer, the company works with many companies to create their custom designed confections. Their large 50,000 square foot facility produces over 300,000 pounds of candy every month. All of the products are highly concentrated either in sugar or chocolate, or both. Jaxon’s Candy also designs and manufactures their own custom packaging. The candy produced is also kosher certified, gluten free, peanut free, and non-GMO.

Jaxon’s Candy currently manufactures candy for the following brands – Tommy Candy, Laffy Town, Chocowhoawhoa, Jellylicious, Healtheee Candeee, and Sticky Teeth. Jaxon’s Candy can be found in grocery stores and convenient stores along the west coast of the United States.

Gimmy Candy

Gimmy Candy is located in the midwestern portion of the United States and boasts a facility of over 1 million square feet. Their fleet of transportation trucks distributes throughout the continental United States and is considered one of the largest candy manufacturers in the country. Their product portfolio includes assorted chocolates, gummy candy, hard candy, fruit candy, as well as gums and mints. Gimmy Candy was established in 1947 and has grown to be a model of manufacturing companies the industry uses as a model of sustainability and profitability. Their lineup of candy products can be found in every single grocery store and convenient store in the country. Gimmy Candy is considering expanding its distribution globally and start exporting its candy products to Asia, Canada, Europe, and South America. As one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, Gimmy Candy is also considered a top employer in the country and offers its employees a generous benefits package.

Competitive Advantage

[Company Name] enjoys several advantages over its competitors. Those advantages include:

  • Taste: [Company Name]’s snack products will be made with the highest quality ingredients and offer quality over quantity.
  • Price: [Company Name] is able to offer the highest quality snacks at a competitive price point.
  • Community Relations: [Company Name] will be a pillar in the community and be heavily involved in family-related activities in the area.It will sponsor events, provide snacks for schools and daycares at a discounted price, and donate a portion of its proceeds to area family-related charities and organizations.
  • Proprietary Technology: [Company Name] will invest heavily on the latest technology to manufacture the snack foods for distribution. It will ensure the food products are made safely and free from any harmful chemicals and ingredients.
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