Jollibee Food Corporation
Report by: John Kenneth Garganera
History of Jollibee:
In 1975 Tony Tan and his family opened a Magnolia Ice Cream parlor in Cubao. Sometime in 1978, Tony Tan and his brothers and sisters engaged the services of a management consultant, Manuel C. Lumba. Lumba shifted the business focus from ice cream to hotdogs, after his studies showed that a much larger market was waiting to be served. Lumba became Tan's last business and management mentor. The Jollibee mascot was inspired by local and foreign children's books. Lumba created the product names "Jollibee" and "Chickenjoy". He had the company incorporated and leased a house on Main St. in Cubao, Quezon City as the first headquarters. Lumba formulated a long-term marketing strategy: listing up a number of consumer promotions and traffic building schemes. Tan stressed that developing internal strengths was critical. The stores were re-designed, the service transformed into a full self-service, fast-food operation with drive-throughs. Not long after, Tan and Lumba went on an observation tour in the United States, attending food service and equipment conventions. Tan placed Lumba in charge of franchise development.
The marketing strategy of Jollibee Food Corporation is attraction and highly commercialized using various media including TV, Radio, Newsprint and more, they must have spend millions of their budget to stay on top of the mind of their customers especially among the Filipino.
The Unique Selling Proposition of the Jollibee brand is :
1) Fast, Good, Clean, Cheap food
2) Caters to local needs( Spicy patty)
3) Consistency, reliability over all its outlets.
Ensuring high traffic needs an emphasis on store location and positioning Jollibee in the minds of the consumer as a place that they would enjoy eating fast food. This entails proper branding and positioning of the service offered. Jollibee also projected itself as world class and not a local brand. The service that is offered should be consistent over all Jollibee stores, however this might be a problem as the division has been slimmed recently and resources might be stretched too far.
In the case of Jollibee, it went from being an ice cream parlour to serving hamburgers made with a homestyle recipe. This change in product was in response to events triggered by the 1977 oil crisis which would have doubled the prices of ice cream. The product offered by Jollibee appeals to the Filipinos taste for spicy burgers. By concentrating its resources on satisfying the Filipino palate, Jollibee has been able to serve localized dishes that are unlike any found in the other fast-food chains in the Philippines. In addition to offering the usual French fries that accompany the meals found in McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, and so forth,
Jollibee also serves rice or spaghetti, Filipino style. Even the burgers are cooked exactly as Filipinos want them done— sweeter and with more seasonings, often likened to what a Filipino mother would cook at home.
Menus in outlets across the globe adjusted to local preferences to differentiate it from other standardized players like Mc Donalds and KFC who maintain the same menus worldwide with minimal changes.Jollibee even incorporated recipes from employees to truly capture local tastes.
“ McDonalds entered the Philippine market in 1981 and many assumed the Big Mac would soon dominate the market. Surprisingly, McD’s ended up getting stung by the bee. Jollibee has secured a 65% market share and is out pacing McDonalds at its own game. Jollibee accomplished this by local adaptation of the menu and by positioning the food chain as a family restaurant.”
The location of outlets...
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