EPIC Bars: Redefining a staid category with flavor, form, and narrative innovation
This case study looks at the rise of EPIC bars and the reasons behind its rapid success in a category that has suffered a poor, low-value image for many years.
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Reasons To Buy
What is EPIC bar? How did EPIC bar come about?
Who are EPIC bar's targeted audience? Why was EPIC bar successful?
EPIC bars are meat snacks based on the ancient concept of dried meat (most commonly seen in the form of jerky), innovatively delivered in a premium energy bar format. It was established in 2013 and was the first of their kind, they grew sales from zero to around $20m in two years; the artisanal startup business has been acquired by General Mills in 2016, benefiting both brands. EPIC's bars and other products have tapped into consumers' need for convenient, healthy snacking options. They are also aligned with rising interest in protein as a healthy diet component. The product's flavor choices, the packaging design, and natural and ethical attributes provide a solid basis for a premium positioning. Meat snacks have suffered a poor, low-value image for many years. However, stories like EPIC's highlight the opportunity to break with such associations and develop premium products with historical (ancient production methods) and current (health, protein/paleo diets, on-the-go consumption) resonance.