In our recent chat, diving into the dynamic world of BRAGG Live Foods, Sr. Director of Marketing Rona Williams shares a comprehensive view of how this esteemed brand has evolved and innovated while staying true to its health-centric roots. From new product development to adapting to consumer trends, her insights reveal how BRAGG manages to lead and redefine health food standards.

Bragg Live Foods, commonly known as Bragg, was founded in 1912 by Paul C. Bragg, considered one of the pioneers of the health food movement in the United States. His daughter, Patricia Bragg, has also been prominently involved in the company, helping to promote and grow the brand.

Bragg is best known for its apple cider vinegar, which has gained a significant following among health enthusiasts for its numerous purported health benefits. These benefits include aiding in digestion, helping to manage weight, and acting as a natural detoxifier. The apple cider vinegar is organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized, containing the "mother" of vinegar, which is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural proteins, healthy bacteria, and acetic acid.

In addition to apple cider vinegar, Bragg offers a range of other products, including:

  • Liquid Aminos: A soy sauce alternative made from non-GMO soybeans and purified water. It is a gluten-free seasoning that provides amino acids and has a taste similar to soy sauce.
  • Olive Oil: High-quality extra virgin olive oil that is organic and unrefined.
  • Nutritional Yeast: A seasoning that provides a cheese-like flavor, often used by vegans and vegetarians for its taste and source of vitamin B-12.
  • Seasonings and Dressings: A variety of organic dressings and seasonings to enhance the flavor of foods without adding artificial additives.

Bragg promotes a healthy lifestyle through its products, aligning with Paul Bragg’s original mission to encourage people to live healthily. The company has maintained a reputation for using high-quality, organic ingredients and continues to be influential in the health food industry.

Here is what I learned from Rona:

Celebrating a Rich Heritage and Embracing Innovation

In our conversation Rona reflects her enthusiasm for her role at such an iconic brand like BRAGG. She expresses deep appreciation for the brand's legacy and the unique opportunity to influence its trajectory. Rona elaborates on the balance of preserving the brand's core values while steering its expansion:

"The brand started with only a few products and is now grown pretty exponentially."

showcasing how BRAGG has broadened its reach without losing sight of its foundational products.

In-Depth Look at Product Development Strategies

"Our product line is pretty goal was to develop more ways for people to get an efficacious dose or amount of apple cider vinegar,"

Rona explains, detailing the strategic thought behind expanding the product range. She underscores the significance of maintaining efficacy and consumer trust: "We take pride in developing our products that have the efficacious dose of acetic acid," indicating the careful balance BRAGG strives to maintain between innovation and the health benefits its products are known for.

Engaging and Understanding the BRAGG Community

"Our community is really, really vocal," Rona points out, emphasizing how consumer feedback is integral to BRAGG’s product development. This direct engagement with their user base helps BRAGG to stay relevant and responsive to changing needs and preferences:

"We leveraged key insights to develop several formats of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), including ready to drink beverages, shots and fruit/veggie enhanced vinegars- all of which deliver 750mg of acetic acid per serving ie. The efficacious dose, to meet the needs of our consumer."

she details, illustrating the variety of formats and innovations introduced to meet diverse consumer demands.

Navigating market challenges is a key theme, as Rona discusses how BRAGG differentiates itself in a competitive landscape.

"Having a brand that is very well known and trusted and looked at as an authority figure and a place to learn and get knowledge... is huge."

she shares, highlighting the advantage of BRAGG's established brand authority. This reputation not only positions BRAGG favorably but also imposes the responsibility to continually deliver trustworthy, innovative products that align with consumer expectations and scientific standards.

Future Vision: Sustaining Growth and Innovation

Looking ahead, Rona is enthusiastic about the potential for new products and the ongoing mission to lead in the health food space. "So there's multiple factors that go into developing and launching a new product as you can imagine," she comments, noting the complex interplay of market research, consumer feedback, and product efficacy that guides their innovation process. Her forward-looking perspective reflects a commitment to not just sustain but also propel BRAGG’s market leadership through thoughtful, strategic innovation.

Through her detailed account, Rona Williams paints a vivid picture of how BRAGG not only respects its heritage but also pushes the boundaries of health and wellness. As the company looks to the future, BRAGG continues to be synonymous with health and vitality in the ever-evolving food industry.

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