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Mountain Man Brewing Company
 
 
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The purpose of this case study is to explore the implications for expanding the products offered by Mountain Man Brewing Company (MMBC) from one product, Mountain Man Lager, to adding a Light version of the beer.  This paper will evaluate the following:
1.    The positioning statement of MMBC; including what has made MMBC successful and how MMBC distinguishes itself from competitors.  I will argue that quality and authentic West Virginia family recipe created a brand that differentiates the lager from competitors.
2.    How these factors enabled MMBC to create such a strong brand; and why, despite its strong brand, MMBC was experiencing a decline in 2005.  I will show that the decline is due to changes in beer drinking patterns, markets, and demographics in the region as well as the U.S. in general.
3.    An evaluation of whether or not to launch Mountain Man Light.  I will explore the pros and cons of creating a light version of the brew and other strategic options for growth if this brand extension is not launched or if the launch is unsuccessful.  I will demonstrate that launching a light beer product shows promise for improved profit through 2010, but that another strategy should be under development during that time frame if MMBC wants to remain competitive for the long term.  
Mountain Man Brewing Company’s Positioning in the East Central Market
According to Alvin J. Silk, a positioning statement is designed to define who are a company’s customers, what set of needs does the product fulfill, and why is the product the b ...
 
 
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Franchise Vs. Business Opportunity

To the untrained eye, franchise and business opportunity investments look pretty much the same. Both invite you to purchase a package of goods and services and business concepts. Both offer you the chance to capitalize on a business idea that has already proved to be successful. Both provide some training, handholding and access to a valuable marketplace.
In reality, though, there are huge differences between the two concepts. While these fundamental distinctions sometimes appear subtle, detecting and understanding them can help you protect yourself when you take the plunge into your new business.
If there's one telltale difference between a franchise and a business opportunity, it's the role of a trademark. The licensing of trademark rights is a hallmark of franchising: Every franchisee of a McDonald's, Subway or Holiday Inn is operating under a trademark license. The consistent image portrayed by these and other franchise systems symbolizes their strength in the marketplace, and is the direct result of a trademark license. If a program grants you the right to operate under a trademark owned by the seller, you're most likely looking at a franchise rather than a business opportunity.

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