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Who: Quaker Oats

What: Oat So Simple Cuppa Porridge - Golden Syrup

Where: Cereals aisle

When: Launched May 2014

How much: Rsp: £2.59/five sachets

Why: PepsiCo’s Quaker Oat So Simple brand has enjoyed strong and consistent growth through convenient formats. This latest innovation - available in Original, Golden Syrup, Apple & Blueberry and Sweet Cinnamon flavours - comprises sachets that need to be emptied into a mug and mixed with hot water. This, says PepsiCo, negates the need to add milk and microwave.

Consumer verdict: The convenient format - along with the trusted Quaker Oats brand - helped generate a good level of pre-trial interest. After sampling, many felt the resulting porridge met expectations, and delivered scores above category averages. However, not all were impressed, and a significant minority - especially among the 18 to 34-year-olds - considered the flavour watery. The price point was also contentious, with ‘value for money’ scores below average, prompting one third to claim they would only consider buying if on special offer. Nonetheless, the overall score was three points above the category average, and it was seen as a good family stand-by.

Pre-trial purchase: 40%

Post-trial purchase: 42%

Better than what’s out there: 33%

New and different: 50%

Overall score:  38/50

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