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Cadent Consulting Group LLC

44 Old Ridgefield Rd Suite 235

Wilton, Connecticut 06897

United States

Company Description

Founded by former partners and executives of Cannondale Associates and Kantar Retail, Cadent Consulting Group is a consulting firm focused on strategies for profitable growth. We have provided more than 25 years of marketing, category and sales leadersh ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chairman

Enjoy Life Foods

Chief Executive Officer

Kantar Retail

Marketing Management, Trade Strategy

Jacobs Suchard Confections

District Sales Manager - Buick GMC

General Motors Corp.

Senior Manager Consumber and Technical Support

The Procter & Gamble Company

Senior Mgr.Consumer Relation and Professional Technical Support

P & G/ The Wella Corporation

Affiliations

Board Member
Fetch Rewards

Founding Partner, Owner and Board Member
Cannondale Associates

Education

B.A.

University of Michigan

BA

The University of Michigan

MD

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Our Team

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Kenneth A. Harris, Jr. Managing Partner of Cadent Consulting Group, LLC

Ken Harris is a Managing Partner of Cadent Consulting Group, LLC. based in the Firm's Chicago Office. Prior to joining Cadent, Ken served as the CEO of Kantar Retail Americas Consulting and was a Founding Partner, Owner and Board Member of Cannondale Associates. While at Kantar Retail, Ken led the three person senior management team responsible for overseeing all aspects of company operations. His primary responsibilities were the integration and expansion of the company's consulting practice, interface with WPP, the international holding company of Kantar Retail and client business development. Ken was one of the five members of the Global Management Board of Kantar Retail, which was responsible for creating and implementing the objectives, growth and business strategies for the global organization.
Ken's leadership at these firms focused on growth strategy for manufacturers, retailers and food service operators where he led engagements in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Mexico. Ken's work with corporate and private equity clients includes trade and revenue management, pricing, category leadership, organization design and strategy development and implementation.
Ken is also currently the Chairman of Enjoy Life Foods, the leading producer of Free From foods in the U.S. and Canada. The snacks Enjoy Life produces and the consumers for which these products are targeted are free from the eight most common allergens. Since Ken joined Enjoy Life in 2012, the company has doubled in size. He also serves on the Board of Fetch Rewards, a mobile shopping application and the USO of Illinois.
He is an author and frequent speaker at industry conferences. Ken has line management experience in marketing, trade marketing and sales at Jacobs Suchard and Coca-Cola Foods. He received his BA from The University of Michigan.


Who We Are | Cadent Consulting Group

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Ken Harris

Managing Partner


Ken Harris | Cadent Consulting Group

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Ken Harris

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Ken Harris
Managing Partner
Ken is a Managing Partner at Cadent Consulting Group and has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and consulting with consumer product manufacturers and private equity firms.
His expertise has delivered meaningful results in the disciplines of growth strategy development, revenue management, category leadership, organizational design and route-to-market planning.
Prior to joining Cadent, Ken served as Chief Executive Officer of Kantar Retail Americas, as well as Founding Partner and Managing Director of Cannondale Associates.
Ken developed his management skills in marketing, trade marketing and sales at Jacobs Suchard and Coca-Cola Foods. Ken also served as the Chairman of Enjoy Life Foods, the leading producer of "Free-from"� foods in the U.S. and Canada.
Ken received his BA from The University of Michigan.


By Ken Harris, managing ...

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By Ken Harris, managing partner/owner, Cadent Consulting Group and former chairman of Enjoy Life Foods


"We are going through a secular ...

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"We are going through a secular shift in retail," says Ken Harris, managing partner at Cadent Consulting Group, based in Chicago.

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Harris sees Aldi and Lidl as the "400 pound gorillas" in the room. "They sort of offer the Costco scenario of a 'treasure hunt' but in reverse, with only 500 SKUs," he says.
"The dollar stores' drumbeat was that they were growing like a weed because of expansion," Harris says. "That is going to come to an end and they are going to have to deal with Aldi like everybody else, and then deal with Lidl. Once Lidl gets their feelers out-retailers in the U.S. have never seen the kinds of battles that go on between Aldi and Lidl-the consumer wins hands down. It is unbelievable what happens when those two guys start to engage. That is a game to be played."
Harris predicts the manufacturing community will forge new relationships with both chains, further hampering certain chains' turnaround efforts.
"The reality is that as shoppers migrate from discount retailers in general, and Walmart in particular, to Aldi, which is heavily balanced to private label, manufacturers cannot afford to lose the kind of business that potentially Walmart would lose to Aldi, so they are going to figure out how to work with Aldi," Harris says.
"That may look a lot different than anything these manufacturers are used to," Harris says.

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