Red Dawn for Chinese wine

Source: The Telegraph - By Victoria Moore
Château Changyu-Moser XV bears his name. This is the sort of crazy thing that happens when you get involved with China’s oldest, biggest (and clearly very solvent) wine producer. “At first I didn’t take them seriously,” says the consultant, marketer and winemaker. “Then I saw this enormous construction site. I was slightly overwhelmed.”

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Bean around the world

Source: Monocle - By Nolan Giles
Maison Marou, the brand’s factory-cum-chocolatier in Ho Chi Minh City, is the proof in the pudding. Opened in May, it features a miniature replica of Marou’s production facility, which has sat on the outskirts of town since 2011. The shop’s aim is to show off the complex chocolate-making process to customers.

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Building an insight engine

Source: Harvard Business Review - by Frank van den Driest, Stan Sthanunathan, Keith Weed
Operational skill used to confer long-term advantage. If you had leaner manufacturing, made higher-quality products, or had superior distribution, you could outrun competitors. But today those capabilities are table stakes. The new source of competitive advantage is customer centricity: deeply understanding your customers’ needs and fulfilling them better than anyone else.

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