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Man bun alert! Mattel gives their Ken Doll a 2017 Diversity Makeover

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 in Consumer PR,FMCG,Kids PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Stunt Of The Day,Toy PR.

We all like a good makeover now and again, whether that means changing the colour or style of our hair, or updating our wardrobes to treat ourselves to a fresh look. Now, Mattel have decided to apply this same concept to Barbie’s Beau, Ken. Since the birth of Ken in 1961, his appearance has hardly shifted from the conventional characteristics of tanned, blonde and muscular. But in 2017, Mattel felt it was necessary to reform the limiting framework of Ken’s image. New and improved Ken now comes in 15 different variations, with three body types, seven skin tones and nine hairstyles. One version of Millennial Ken even has a man bun, while another sports some cornrows. Similarly, Ken’s new garments include skinny jeans, high-top trainers, and vibrant-coloured shirts and vests, in an effort to make him look more like the young men of today’s generation.

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Various celebrities have taken to twitter to comment on Ken’s new makeover; Emily Jashinsky specifically writing, ‘Does man bun Ken doll also come with a Soul Cycle membership, vintage record player, and 50,000 in student loan debt?’

Mattel’s revival of Ken’s appearance follows similar updates that the company made to Barbie last year, and now both characters represent a variety of body shapes and skin tones. Personally, I think this is a very effective way of making children more open to diverse appearances. Additionally, kids can be inspired by a wide range of styles through their favourite dolls, and no longer have to feel like they are confined to following one ‘fashionable’ look. With all these changes, we’re already anticipating the next phase of Ken’s evolution.

– @georgielmw

Smirnoff hits the nail on the head with new advertising campaign boldly poking the Trump bear with references to THOSE Russia allegations.

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Stunt Of The Day.

With the Comey trial in full swing the spotlight on Trump has never been harsher as evidence and testimonies mount up regarding his involvement with Russia prior to the election. Despite this Trump still vehemently denies all links to the Red State but one company has come out singing and dancing, proudly wearing their ties to the Motherland on their … bottle sleeve.

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The now Diageo owned Smirnoff Vodka was originally founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov before the family were forced to flee the country during the October Revolution in 1917. In their latest advertising campaign they have gleefully poked the proverbial Trump bear boasting how although it is now “Made in America” they would “be happy to talk about ties to Russia under oath” with the insinuations of the powerful statement lost on nobody.

The campaign has be lauded on social media and quite rightly so! It is great to see public affairs woven in so seamlessly to an advert with such a clear and genuinely funny message.

-@gfpvincent91

Tired of using oyster cards to get around on the tube? Now you can use a Lucozade bottle instead!

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 in brand PR,Comedy,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,creative publicity,Experiential Marketing,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Leisure PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

Rush hour is given an extra buzz by the bubbles energising Lucozade to bring Londoners a sugar high during their hectic commutes across the capital!

From May 30 to June 2 at Oxford Circus Station during ‘Whoosh Hour’, Lucozade ambassadors will be handing out thousands of limited edition Lucozade Energy bottles with contactless chips, exactly like the ones found in TfL’s Oyster Cards, embedded in the bottle.

Lucky commuters will be able to ditch their costly Oyster Cards and use the bottles like Oyster Cards for one free Underground journey, saving their money and their energy.

As part of the campaign Lucozade collect a sporty eccentric bunch such as Team GB gymnast Nile Wilson, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Twist and Pulse and ballet star Alessia Lugoboni who have teamed up with Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Transport for London to promote the creative eccentric campaign.

-@janeylbarker

Greggs unveils couture inspired ‘Salad Dresses’

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 in Event PR,Experiential Marketing,Fashion PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,publicity stunt agency,Publicity Stunts,Restaurant PR,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR,Uncategorized.

Food on-the-go retailer Greggs has put a new spin on the term ‘salad dressing’, as it unveils two couture-inspired dresses made entirely out of fresh salad ingredients.

The ‘Salad Dresses’, designed by celebrity costume creator Kate Tabor, were commissioned to celebrate the Greggs summer salad range following new research released by the brand which reveals a massive 61% of Brits say they are much more health conscious than five years ago.

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This is supported by the fact that Greggs’ range of lower calorie menu options now accounts for more than 10% of sales as it announces total sales were up 7.5% in first 19 weeks of 2017.

The salad dresses took a team of four designers around 200 hours to create, with the couture-inspired creations being built from a list of ingredients including lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, jalapeños, onions, chillies and limes.

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The freshly prepared salad dresses were created from a total of 5,000 salad leaves, 100 limes, 80 peppers, 150 chillies and 50 bulbs of garlic.

Designer Kate, who has created extraordinary costumes for Katy Perry’s music videos and stars including the Chemical Brothers and Birdy, began the design process by sketching an array of different styles, before an experimentation stage, testing out different ingredients to identify those which allowed the most visually stunning designs, while being able to create a design that could actually be worn by the models.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London's Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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Scarlett Howard models one of two dresses made entirely from salad ingredients, which have been created to launch the new Greggs summer salad menu, in London’s Regent Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday May 22, 2017. The couture inspired salad dresses, which took around 200 hours to create, have been crafted by costume designer Kate Tabor, who has previously made outfits for pop star Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers. Picture credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

The survey of 2,000 British adults also found over two thirds of Brits (68%) now rigorously read nutritional information before purchasing on-the-go items, and over half (54%) reporting that they regularly try to make healthy food choices – reflecting the continuing trend for focussing on healthy eating in the UK.

Kate Tabor, designer, said: “I’ve created costumes for Katy Perry and the Chemical Brothers to Birdy and Katy B, but I’ve never designed anything quite like this. Each dress is made up of over 20 individual ingredients from the Greggs salad range, with hundreds more of each making up the designs. This has definitely been my biggest challenge yet.”

A spokesperson for Greggs added: “More and more people are looking for a healthier option for their on-the-go food. We wanted to celebrate our new salads with something fun and a little different that everyone could enjoy – and we can all appreciate a bit of ‘salad dressing’!”

The production process involved a layered approach, building up from the base of the dress in a puzzle style, piecing the dress together one section at a time – plus coating the fresh leaves and sewing garlic cloves together with string.

The tailormade designs also hit the streets of London today (Monday 22nd May 2017), surprising passers-by in the capital’s fashion hot-spots including Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Further research findings revealed us to be a nation of seasonal eaters, as 47% feel that salad and fresh vegetables taste better during the summer, and 1 in 10 of us eating a salad based lunch or dinner at least 10 times throughout the sunny season. 

 Greggs’ new salad range includes: 

  • Coconut, Lime and Chilli Chicken Salad
  • Mexican Chicken, Smoky Rice and Bean Salad
  • Falafel, Harissa, Roast Vegetable and Grains Salad
  • Honey Roast Ham, Free Range Egg and Potato Salad
  • Chargrill Chicken, Roast Vegetable & Grains Salad and
  • Cheese, Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

All are under 400 calories and meet green and amber on the Food Standards Agency traffic light system for fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar. To further encourage informed food choices, this year Greggs have been the first UK food-on-the-go brand to introduce traffic light labelling on its website and app.

 Greggs’ new summer salad range is now available in 1,800 shops nationwide.

 Images: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm15EJt3

SPREADING THE CHOCOLATE LOVE: Nutella set to open their first café in Chicago.

Posted on May 19th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,FMCG,Food and Drink PR,Restaurant PR,Stunt Of The Day.

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The nation’s sweetheart, Nutella, will have a café dedicated solely to the Achilles heel of every clean eater’s dreams. The well-known and well-loved brand of Nutella is set to open its brand new café doors in Chicago later on this month. A place where your taste buds will be tantalised, your tummy will be eternally grateful and dreams will finally become a reality. An array of new and exhilarating Nutella related dishes, including; grilled baguettes with Nutella and fresh-roasted hazelnut and blueberry granola with yogurt and Nutella will all be found at the new swanky downtown hang out. You can check out their full menu here.

Within today’s health conscious society, it appears Nutella are making a stand against the avocado smashing, humus loving, ginger shot drinking era we have all been submerged in.  However, Nutella is not only pure indulgence as according to livestrong.com this jar of goodness contains protein, iron and calcium – and we all need these as part of a healthy balance diet. If this is sending your sweet tooth into overdrive at the thought of all that sugar, then you’ll have to make the quick nine hour flight to Chicago … or you could pop to the shops and grab a jar of the good stuff from isle 3. Yum.

-@ellebethanbell