Botanical Bounty

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Strategy and Implementation Summary

Botanical Bounty will leverage their competitive edge in order to gain significant market share. Their competitive edge is their ability to consistently produce plants with high active botanical percentages as well as a high ratio of healthy plants (sellable).

The marketing strategy will have the objective of raising awareness and visibility of their industry-leading percentages of active botanicals. The strategy will communicate the fact that Botanical Bounty's plants will yield a significantly higher amount of botanicals measured per plant.

The sales strategy, in addition to reinforcing the competitive edge, will seek to qualify leads by concentrating on Botanical Bounty's ability to perform reliably on long-term contracts, becoming a stable supplier to the larger companies that need a steady supply stream.

5.1 Competitive Edge

Botanical Bounty has a dual competitive edge:

Healthy Plants
The healthier the plant, the faster it will grow, the more botanicals that can be extracted from it. This means an increase in production efficiency due to a larger percentage of plants that are sellable. Other characteristics of healthy plants which are important on the production side is: lower pest counts, more established root structures, and high biomass.

High Concentration of Active Botanicals
This is beneficial to the purchaser because they are buying the plants precisely for the active botanicals. High concentration levels are valuable to Botanical Bounty because they increase the amount of botanicals produced per plant or per acre, increasing the production capacity of a given amount of land, thereby increasing their return on investment and increasing the attractiveness of Botanical Bounty's plants relative to the competition.

5.2 Marketing Strategy

The marketing strategy will be based on generating awareness and visibility of Botanical Bounty and their ability to produce the highest percentages of botanicals. The strategy will rely on several different forms of communication. The main form is participation in the numerous trade shows for the industry. The trade shows are where everyone from the industry gathers to meet and transact business. t is a wonderful place to network as well as learn about new developments in the industry. The second form of communication will be the use of advertisements. The main venues for advertisements will be industry trade magazines. The trade magazines are a well read source of information that buyers and sellers refer to for many different transactions.

5.3 Sales Strategy

Botanical Bounty's sales strategy efforts will focus on identifying qualified leads and turning them into paying customers. The main sales effort that Botanical Bounty will undertake is the reinforcement of the fact that Botanical Bounty's plants have the industry's highest percentage of botanicals. This will be quite appealing to the buyers as this is exactly what they want, more botanicals per plant. In addition to selling the buyers on Botanical Bounty's competitive edge of potent plants, there will be an emphasis on Botanical Bounty's ability to perform on long-term contracts.

Botanical Bounty recognizes that the transactions should not be thought of as individual sales, but as long-term relationships. This is a reasonable assumption based on the fact that the customers are in the business of utilizing botanicals, that they will continually have the need for the botanicals, and that it is far less expensive to establish a relationship with one vendor than to continually have to find new vendors that can meet their needs.

5.3.1 Sales Forecast

The sales forecast indicates that growth will be slow but steady. Growth will be slow because of the time and effort needed to develop the customers. Production is not the slowing element as Botanical Bounty has been in production for a couple of years. Granted they were not producing at the same level, or for that matter with the same goal of business efficiency, but nonetheless they will be able to reasonably raise production to meet the sales needs. During the wet months of the year, the forecast reflects a tapering of sales as production will fall during these months. There will however be some sales and production which will be moved inside to the greenhouses.

There are a few risks that could have a negative impact on sales. The first is weather. Plants are dependant on the weather. A poor growing season will have a serious effect on production. This risk is spread amongst all of the producers of the specific region meaning the weather risk is imposed on everyone, generally not a specific farmer. Another risk that could effect sales is some sort of pest that could unexpectedly negatively effect the crops. By planting multiple botanicals and choosing them based on their heartiness relative to the growing climate, Botanical Bounty is able to minimize these risks as much as possible.

Sales Forecast
2003 2004 2005
Supplement Companies $41,385 $93,090 $105,665
Processors $35,591 $80,057 $90,872
Nurseries $7,863 $17,687 $20,076
Total Sales $84,839 $190,835 $216,613
Direct Cost of Sales 2003 2004 2005
Supplement companies $3,104 $6,982 $7,925
Processors $2,669 $6,004 $6,815
Nurseries $590 $1,327 $1,506
Subtotal Direct Cost of Sales $6,363 $14,313 $16,246

5.4 Milestones

The value of Botanical Bounty's milestones is in creating a set of measurable activities that will be achievable goals. The achievement of the milestones will be closely monitored and the assigned person will be held accountable for hitting the milestones.

Milestone Start Date End Date Budget Manager Department
Business plan completion 1/1/2003 2/1/2003 $0 David Strategic planning
First large contract 1/1/2003 4/30/2003 $0 Sue Sales
$100K in revenue 1/1/2003 4/4/2004 $0 Sue Sales
Profitability 1/1/2003 7/30/2004 $0 David Operations
Totals $0