Allstar Brands Otc Cold Medicine Group

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Allstar Brands OTC Cold Medicine Group is one of the leading manufacturers of packaged goods in the world. The company was founded in 1924, the company has acquired or merged with a number of smaller packaged goods companies. The management team at the over-the-counter cold medicine (OCM) group of Allstar Brands just completed its third presentation in the past month to the Pharmaceuticals Division manager regarding the status of the Allround cold medication. It is apparent, from all the attention the team has received, that the Allround brand it manages is of strategic importance to the company. Unfortunately for the team and the company, the fourth quarter performance reports for Allround were not as positive as management expected. Therefore, the OCM team has been under the intense scrutiny of senior management. Allstar Brands' Allround product is the market share leader in the over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy remedy market. The consistent success of the brand in terms of profitability and sales has made it a critical component of the Pharmaceuticals Division's long-term strategic plan. The division anticipates that the brand's cash flow in the coming periods will allow the company to pursue new opportunities in emerging markets. However, the division manager responsible for Allround has become concerned with the competitive nature of the OTC cold remedy market. In the past three periods, the industry has seen several product introductions as well as major increases in promotional and advertising expenditures. There is concern among senior management that this competitive activity will lead to declining market share and profitability for Allround. The brand has lost one full share point in the last period. Senior management expects that skillful marketing will prove pivotal to the long-term success of Allstar

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