Build A Strong Moat, Adapt Indomie Noodles Playbook, And Defend Your Castle

Build A Strong Moat, Adapt Indomie Noodles Playbook, And Defend Your Castle

In this piece, I explain how the makers of Indomie noodles used the same strategy Dangote Group had deployed across industrial sectors to defeat Dangote Noodles. The  accumulation of capability which Dangote Group uses to crush competitors did not work because Dufil Prima Foods (makers of Indomie) did the same thing from electricity generation to production, for its noodles business. With their vertically integrated business, there was no left inefficiency which Dangote could exploit to improve quality and reduce price.

In the end, an established brand won and Dangote Noodles could not dislodge them. Dangote Group later sold its noodle business to Dufil Prima Foods. There is a big lesson here: if you build a strong moat, you can protect your castle. Indomie noodles built a moat and was able to defend itself from Dangote Noodles.

As you utilize, combine and recombine factors of production to create products and services to fix market frictions, you must acquire, develop and deploy upstream capabilities, to remain  competitive in markets. Those capabilities must compound over time and must cushion strategic positioning.

How are you defending your business castle? Are you vulnerable to new entrants? What is your playbook? Are the capabilities compounding?


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  1. Those who regularly vent their frustrations on Dangote don’t seem to recognise that the man Dangote has also taken some beating in certain sectors, so it’s not like he’s a king anywhere he enters; far from it.

    I do think that what is in short supply here is originality and ingenuity, so you see a lot of people wanting to play in spaces that are already saturated and owned, but still want to be given ‘equal’ treatment; even when they are not bringing anything new.

    If you have the capacity to invent, execute and innovate continuously, you will always own your space here, because nothing is spellbinding in this market, just mainly wannabe entrepreneurs repeating things.

    If you can do it differently, even Dangote will be scared, because original ideas aren’t easy to copy, they remain a moving target.


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