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Ventures in Salt: Compass Minerals International

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ABSTRACT

In late 2003, salt producer Compass Minerals celebrated its first day trading as a public company on the NASDAQ. Knowing that it would continue to wrestle with how to price its product and respond to competitive and environmental challenges as a publicly traded company, Compass Minerals would now have to make a compelling case for investors to hold a stand-alone salt company in their portfolio.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE

To illustrate the challenges of pricing in a commodity market with variable demand.

INSTRUCTOR NOTE

This case is to be used in conjunction with “Salt Seller: A Commodity Pricing Simulation.”

COULD BE TAUGHT IN THE FOLLOWING COURSE(S)

sustainability, strategy

VENTURES IN SALT

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