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Refrigerated Plant-based Protein Brand
Customer & Market Due Diligence of Leading Brand of Refrigerated Plant-based Proteins: Rapidly Establishing Growth Prospects for Check-in Bid

Conducted 1.5-week customer & market due diligence to establish a rapid, early-stage, quick read on the target’s growth prospects in the retail and foodservice channels. Gotham leveraged our significant experience and interviewed grocery category buyers to gather market insights and we leveraged our analytical expertise to decipher market trends and identify and evaluate growth opportunities. Our fact-based view on the market opportunities and the target’s brand positioning got the client excited about the growth prospects and gave them the confidence to deliver an aggressive bid.

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Freeze-Dried Fruit Processor
Customer & Market And Operational Due Diligence Of Leading Processor Of Freeze-Dried Fruits: Rapid Assessment Of Technology, Competitive, Customer Concentration, And Operational Risks

Provided clarity on risks (technology, competitive, customer concentration, and operational), and growth opportunities ahead of bid. Through interviews with 30+ competitors (domestic and import), distributors, equipment suppliers, academic experts, and customers, and extensive secondary research, Gotham established: the applications and advantages/disadvantages of freeze-drying technology; the target’s positioning vs. domestic and international freeze-drying processors in South America, China and Europe; and the stability/growth of its top customers. Gotham’s analysis revealed while the market was growing and the target was well-positioned and poised for growth, it could potentially face increased competitive intensity and margin pressure. Our client accounted for all these risks and tempered growth projections in its model.

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Nutraceutical Manufacturer
Manufacturing Operatons Diagnostic at Private Label Nutraceutical Company: Avoiding Need for Capital Investment via Throughput Improvement and Cost Reduction

Identified significant manufacturing capacity available through a variety of key throughput levers, including: reduced number and shortened length of changeovers; reduced frequency and duration of downtime; and increased speed in bottleneck equipment. In addition, identified 35% reduction in direct labor cost. Following our implementation plan, company increased EBITDA by $7MM by the end of the fiscal year and the PE firm successfully sold the company.

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Healthy Baked Goods Company
Manufacturing Operations Improvements at Healthy Baked Goods Company: Implementing Measurement/Tracking/Reporting To Build Cost Discipline And Capture Material And Labor Cost Savings

Identified $1.1-1.6MM in cost reduction opportunities in materials, labor, and freight. Launched a fact-based cost-reduction program including ingredient measurement and feedback system, a system for fixed labor standards based on rated line speeds, goal boards to manage productivity targets/performance, and a performance measurement and reporting system.

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Fresh Salad Company
Helping National Fresh Foods Company Sell Itself

Led business development and evaluation efforts for entry into a new market, including market sizing, industry analysis, supply chain design, and financial modeling. Created operations strategy and execution plan based on exploiting existing market power, distribution capabilities, and proprietary technology. Seperately, led M&A synergy assessment involving several potential acquirers. Client company was sold within 6 months and the new business was launched.

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Fresh Foods Company
Operational Due Diligence of Startup Fresh Soup Company: Current and Potential Operations Value of Acquisition Candidate for National Fresh Foods Company

Performed operational due diligence for the acquisition of a fresh soup manufacturer that led to no-go decision as original cost savings estimate proved overly optimistic and investment requirement estimates proved too low. Identified stand-alone cost savings, constructed a catastrophe and failure scenario analysis, created a capital expenditure timeline in light of growth requirements and need to adapt process to manufacture U.S. style soups, and established forward COGS by identifying cutoffs for purchasing scale cost reductions and modeling labor requirements against growth targets. Assessed potential synergies, including soup revenue growth through shelf proximity and co-marketing with produce products, reduced soup logistics costs through use of existing produce cold-chain, lower soup raw materials cost through use of current suppliers and scale, and elimination of redundant overhead and SG&A expense through organizational consolidation.

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