Farms are getting larger. While the rate of consolidation seems to have slowed slightly in recent years, the trend continues in almost every sector of farming. A larger share of all input purchases is made by fewer farmers, making each account increasingly important to suppliers.
This case lays out Glanbia’s decision to enter the sports nutrition
business; highlights the repeatable growth model it developed around its first acquisition,
Optimum Nutrition; and describes the scaling of this model through acquisition and
innovation. The case concludes by presenting the challenges and opportunities that faced
CEO Hugh McGuire as he sought to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the business.