Developing New Products with a Food First Thinking Approach

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Food First Thinking is an agile, fast-paced process designed to accelerate time to market with relevant, trend-forward new products. From concept through launch – and everything in between – we partner with clients to help them achieve their goals in record time. That’s because our approach is led by a seasoned, food immersive group of multi-disciplinary experts including market researchers, five-star chefs, packaging designers, commercialization pros plus top-level media and creative thinkers.

Step one of our Food First Thinking approach is Food Immersion: a chef-led exploration of where food fits in the macro sphere of trends and choices: how it is prepped, cooked, served, packaged, shelved, and purchased, and how it is meeting (or not meeting) existing needs. Understanding the food opportunity and defining the parameters for “delicious” are critical deliverables.

Step two is identifying Go-To-Market Platforms.  This step starts with finding the right food tribe to help co-create the product. Are they foodies? Cross-fitters? Yoga moms? Food service professionals?  We then begin a dialogue to create hypothesis about products that could unleash demand.  Even at this early stage, we begin to explore unique paths to purchase to create highly relevant access.

Step Three is Ideation:  This is when we generate all of the possibilities for bringing the product to market.  Starting with the food itself, through Kitchen Ideation, our chefs explore culinary possibilities, looking for upgraded taste, texture and ingredient opportunities.  Our designers and creative thinkers begin to sketch the brand, and our media experts flesh out potential paths to purchase.

Step Four is Rapid Proto-cepting:  We quickly transform our ideas into 3D, close-to-retail concepts – positioning, packaging, culinary and potential launch approaches – to show our tribe exactly how it might look, sound, taste and be purchased.  Through our iterative, rapid proto-cepting process, we listen, then change it up from group to group until we get it right.

The final step is Testing:  Prior to launch, we quantitatively validate the concept, brand, food and packaging to make sure it is on track.  Our media and creative professionals have the chops to deliver whatever it takes to reach and engage the tribe with customized, go-to-market programs.

To transform untapped demand into high potential new products, first look for the opportunity from within the food itself, guided by food immersive experts. Then partner with specific food tribes to get it right, and launch with insight, savvy and conviction. That’s our secret sauce.


Hyde Park Group is a new food and beverage development company providing services from insight and concept development through production and launch. We have worked with a wide range of companies including Starbucks, Kraft-Heinz, Kellogg, Pepsico, Beam Suntory, and Constellation Brands, to name a few.  For further information, please email us at