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The Kraft Heinz firm is the fifth-largest food and beverage firm in the world and the third-largest in North America with eight brands worth more than $1 billion. Kraft Heinz is entering the seasoning market by bringing its European brand Just Spices to the US. In 2022, Kraft Heinz acquired an 85% stake in Just Spices. In its presentation at the Consumer Analysts Group of New York conference in February, the company predicted that by 2027, the platform would have grown by 25%.
Just Spices is a part of the Taste Elevation platform, which includes products that add taste to host foods. In 2014, the idea for Just Spices was born in Germany and inspired a consumer base in the German market, especially Gen Z. Besides catering to its native market of Germany it also served Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Presently, it is introduced in the United States to improve their own blends and exhibit creativity in American kitchens. The mission of Just Spices is to inspire more people to prepare better, healthier meals in the kitchen. Above all, Just Spices represents passion and high-quality products. The Kraft Heinz Company noticed Just Spices’ appeal in the Europe market and its authentic vibe. Now it is fostering the Just Spices brand’s U.S. expansion.
Just Spices’ direct-to-consumer model and the brand’s relevance to Gen Z consumers impressed Kraft Heinz. Just Spices collected the useful data about what consumers wanted and innovate accordingly.“Bringing together Just Spices’ high-quality product, data, and direct-to-consumer capabilities with Kraft Heinz’s scale and brand loyalty creates the perfect storm to disrupt the U.S. spice category as we know it,” said Carlos Abrams-Rivera, the company’s executive vice president and president of North America in a written statement.
Just Spices is primarily a direct-to-consumer brand in Europe and offers more than 170 spice blends for various meal occasions and flavours. Although Just Spices are sold in some grocery stores in Europe, the majority of the company’s products are sold online, including recipe and seasoning kits for preparing flavorful dishes. The initial US launches include 10 different products from the European lineup. The blends fall into three different categories as follows :
- Blends used as base materials for any recipe: Chicken Allrounder, Vegetable Allrounder, Pasta Allrounder, BBQ Allrounder, Salmon Allrounder, and Caprese Allrounder.
- Blends designed for any presentation of the protein staple and the green fruit: Egg Topping and Avocado Topping.
- Blends that can be used to create popular Mexican dishes: Fajita Seasoning and Enchilada Seasoning.
This is Kraft Heinz’s first entry into the $6 billion North American seasonings market, according to Statista. Just Spices is distinctive enough to get attention while remaining close enough to popular options to appeal to diverse kinds of customers. There are not many established brands involved in direct-to-consumer sales of spices. According to a news statement from Kraft Heinz regarding the debut, Just Spices is “geared towards the needs of younger, flavor-forward families.”
The company’s implications could go beyond simply entering a new category if Kraft Heinz can replicate the success of Just Spices in the United States. The consumer data gathered through Just Spices sales could help Kraft Heinz’s wider R&D(Research and Development) team learn about new flavours and innovations to bring to some of its classic products in a new way. However, Kraft Heinz could also apply the understanding it gained from Just Spices to increase the direct-to-consumer presence of some of its more specialized, high-end, or targeted products.