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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

Worlds Apart: Heineken launch new social experiment encouraging people to come together and discuss their differences

Posted on April 24th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day.

After a string of polarising elections and global decisions, the world today has never seemed more divided or more vocal about disagreements or differences in opinion. With such passionate opposition on both sides of the fence it would seem that people with such fundamental differences would struggle in sharing the same room together let alone a beer. And yet that is exactly what Heineken have set out to disprove with this incredibly moving social experiment, hopefully restoring some of your faith in humanity in the process.

With the thought that society can be brought back together again by starting an open and honest dialogue they have taken it upon themselves to  start the conversation with their new ‘Worlds Apart’ video. They answer questions such as: what would happen if you bring together a feminist, and an anti-feminist? Or a climate change activist with someone who thinks the whole idea is “piffle”? Heineken have stated that their brand ethos going forward is all about openness and bringing people together even under the most unlikely of circumstances.

Cindy Tervoort, Head of Marketing, Heineken says: “Open Your World is the first-time Heineken has launched a campaign of this nature in the UK. Joining forces with The Human Library is a way for us to inspire more people to focus on the things that unite us rather than divide us. We don’t all support the same football team, listen to the same music or share the same taste in clothes. We know we’re never going to agree on everything but there will also be common ground. Whether it’s 1950, 2017 or 2027, being open lets us get more out of life. It makes the world a more interesting place. And it makes every story worth listening to.”

I definitely think other large companies could make their mark, taking a leaf out of Heineken’s book by encouraging people from all walks of life to put their differences aside, get together and simply talk it out. We are all only human after all.

-@mckinleykearney