NUTR08014 2019 Food Marketing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

General Details

Full Title
Food Marketing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Transcript Title
Food Marketing, Innovation and
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Victoria Stevens, Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition

This module aims to introduce students to key marketing concepts and apply these to the food industry. The learner will also be introduced to the concepts of strategic decision-making, innovation, enterprise and knowledge management.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Define food marketing, and analyse the key marketing factors underpinning new product success in competitive markets.


Summarise the benefits and costs of marketing to food companies


Describe the underlying influences on consumer behaviour


Design a marketing strategy for a new food product.


Identify key features of entrepreneurship and innovation

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered online.

Tutorial / facilitated discussions will be interspersed amongst the series of weekly lectures to promote engagement.

A range and variety of different resource types (videos, recordings, reading) will be introduced to supplement the lecture.


Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by continuous assessment (100%).


1) 40%  (Individual Mark).  Range of Continuous Assessments to encourage understanding of the subject.  Example: Open Book Short Answer Questions or MCQs.


2) 30% (Group Mark, moderated)  A small group (approx. 3 people per group) online discussion relating to key topics (e.g. 1) Idea Generation & Feasibility Study  2) Business Planning 3) Marketing) culminating in producing an online assessable item (e.g. Blog or You Tube Video)

The Group mark can be moderated for each student and assessed on Value of Contributions to exploring content/ building on content/ setting up a line of enquiry and adding value to the discussion.


3) 30% (Individual Mark) Present a marketing strategy.  This presentation will be supported by by a strategic marketing document.

Repeat Assessments

As per marks and standards.

Indicative Syllabus


Appreciate marketing's role in a food business. a new food business and food industry context.

Discuss the main business orientations that have shaped and developed marketing as a discipline.

Reflect on marketing practices to identify key principles, draw out 'best practice', identify benefits and costs of marketing to food businesses.

Examine the micro and macro environment as it relates to the function of marketing.

Understand Market Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning Strategies.

 Differentiate between product and services marketing; business to business and business to consumer marketing.

 Discuss the concepts of Product Lifecycle, New Product Development and Diffusion of an Innovation.

 Consumer Behaviour (Model of Consumer Behaviour; Characteristics Affecting Consumer Behaviour, The Buyer Decision Process & Types of Buying Decision Behaviour)

 Identify state agencies and private consultancy firms to support a food businesses' marketing plan and marketing communications plan.



 Know the theories of communication in terms of the Marketing communications mix

 Discuss the suite of marketing mix tools.

 Develop a creative design brief.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Explore the terminology of creativity and experience the creative process.

Know the various methods of achieving legal protection for new ideas.

Know components of a feasibility study for new ideas.

Explain rationale for various sections to a business plan.

Appreciate the different legal structures available to start-up businesses and assess the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Know the Macro Business Environment, business growth strategies.

Customer Relationship Management & Legislation relevant to this activity.

Know the agencies that support new business start-ups in the food / nutritional sector.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5
2 Assess, reflect & identify key aspects of entrepreneurship & innovation Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 4 5
3 Marketing Strategy for New Product Project Oral Exam 30 % Week 13 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Fuller, G. (2011). New Food Product Development. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 

Cooney, T. M. and Hill, S. (2002)New venture creation in Ireland. Cork : Oak Tree.

O’Gorman, C. and Cunningham, J. (2002)Enterprise in action : an introduction to entrepreneurship in an Irish contex.t Dublin : Oak Tree.

Duggan, W. R. (2007) Strategic Intuition : The Creative Spark in Human Achievement. New York: Columbia University Press (Columbia Business School Publishing).

Journal Resources


URL Resources

Agencies, for example:;;



Other Resources

PC Access with Sound.

Video recording device.