The A-case of this series describes a failed attempt to sell new packaging machinery to a key Italian customer facing declining sales and profits in its milk business. Tetra Pak’s analysis leads them to propose a new product strategy that is summarily rejected by the customer. The case raises the issue of Tetra Pak’s strategy in the Italian milk market and the wisdom of its proposed customer strategy. The broader question is whether the company is serving the best interest of its key accounts.
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