2014 MMICC Case Overview

Title Saputo Inc.
Authors William Polushin, Sergiy Zhukov, Richard Doyle
Publisher Desautels Faculty of Management – Program for International Competitiveness
Date December 2013
Pages 31 pages
Overview This case illustrates the story of Saputo Inc. which is synonymous with cheese and milk products. In a concerted attempt to grow in a very controlled Canadian market, Saputo grew to include over 50 brands. The timeline from 1954 to present is a very busy one with acquisitions both nationally and internationally. Doing business in five countries and exporting to over 40 countries, Saputo is a global player in its industry.
Almost all of Saputo’s growth has come from acquisition as greenfield developments are much more difficult in this sector. Most of its profits are derived from efficient production, economies of scale and by being extremely streamlined with zero-cost budgeting and the attitude that “we manage with what we need”.[Abstract from Authors]

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