Case Study

Campari (A): A cocktail of organic and external growth

15 pages
June 2018
Reference: IMD-7-1995

When Luca Garavoglia became chairman of the Campari Group at the age of 23 following the death of his father, he immediately adopted a strategy of fast growth through acquisitions. Over the next 24 years, Campari acquired 26 companies, spending over €3 billion and establishing its own distribution network in 20 countries. This two-part case series describes how Campari transformed from a single-brand local Italian company to an important player in the global spirits industry with over 50 premium brands distributed in over 190 countries. CASE A follows Campari on its journey from 1994 to 2018, providing an overview of its history, business strategy, market place, trends and competitive landscape. learning objective: The case describes the successful transformation and survival of Campari as a small player among “giants” in a niche sector of the spirits industry. It can be used for class discussion on different business and social topics, such as: 1)Business strategy (SWOT, Porter’s 5-forces); 2) Globalization (from local to global); 3) Growth through M&As (value creation, synergies); 4) Family-owned businesses (conflict of interest, strategic fit); 5) Marketing strategy (market trends, ethical role of marketeers).

Learning Objective
  • The case describes the successful transformation and survival of Campari as a small player among “giants” in a niche sector of the spirits industry. It can be used for class discussion on different business and social topics, such as:
    • Business strategy (SWOT, Porter’s 5-forces)
    • Globalization (from local to global)
    • Growth through M&As (value creation, synergies)
    • Family-owned businesses (conflict of interest, strategic fit)
    • Marketing strategy (market trends, ethical role of marketeers)
Keywords
Business Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Company Value, Valuation, Trading, Discounted Cash Flow, Globalization, Ethics, Alcohol, Legislation
Settings
World/global, Italy
Campari Group, Consumer Goods, Food and Beverage
1994 - 2018
Type
Published Sources
Copyright
© 2018
Available Languages
English
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