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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

Five Ways You Could Have Fought Off Blue Monday

Posted on January 17th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Digital PR,Event PR,Fitness PR,Food and Drink PR,Gym PR,Health and Fitness PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Restaurant PR,Roundup,Stunt Of The Day,Travel PR.

Monday 16th January 2017 a.k.a. the third Monday of the year a.k.a. Blue Monday a.k.a. the most the depressing day of the year. It was a day where there seemed to be both a metaphorical and physical grey cloud over us all. But rejoice! It’s wasn’t all bad. Here is a list of five companies that tried to make 2017’s Blue Monday a little less blue:

  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

For all the burger lover’s out there, GBK decided to give 50 free burgers and sides in each of their locations around the country. This promotion was done on a first come first serve basis for those with the GBK app (which also entitles you to many more freebies for your next trip).

Those near the Soho, London branch got ten times the love because 500 free burgers and a free beer from Brewdog were given away.

  • FitnessFirst ‘Red Monday’

To combat the “blue” feels of Blue Monday, Fitness First decided to inject some energy into our lives with their #RedMonday campaign. As a partnership with online fitness sensations Clean Eating Alice, Zanna Van Dijk and Bradley Simmonds, Fitness First let everyone use their services, sessions and classes completely free with no booking needed.

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  • Ryanair

Ryanair encouraged us to fly and leave our blues behind by discounting thousands of flights to just £9.99, available for one day only when you booked on their website.

Head of Communications at Ryanair, Robin Kiely said that “It’s officially the most depressing day of the year, but the only thing lower than the nation’s mood is our fares.

“In an effort to cheer everyone up, we’ve launched a Blue (& Yellow) Monday seat sale, with £9.99 fares for travel in January and February, available for booking today only”.

  • Young’s House of Happiness

To fight the post-Christmas cold and blue Monday, pub chain Young’s set up a pop-up ‘House of Happiness’ at Finch’s pub in Finsbury Square, Moorgate. Customers were offered massages, whisky tasting, cake decoration, yoga, tea blending, and beard grooming and much more, to help us all feel just a little bit happier.

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  • Heathrow Express

Much like Ryanair, Heathrow Express is encouraged us to leave our blues behind by offering free travel to the airport at certain times during the day. No surprise there as ‘getting something for free’ came top of the poll of 2,000 adults on ways in which to combat the most depressing day of the year.

 

Hopefully, Blue Monday didn’t ruin your mood. If it did, hopefully these great stunts helped you see the brighter side of life.

– @apparentlyimkj

Smiling and self-service go hand in hand as KFC launch China’s first smart restaurant

Posted on January 12th, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer PR,Digital PR,Food and Drink PR,Restaurant PR,snackfood PR,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR.

Welcome to KFC, both eyes open, head directly facing the camera with your full face in view please. No, you’re not taking a passport picture in the post office or walking through boarder control at the airport. You’re in KFC, smiling for a chicken wing! KFC in China can now use your face to predict your order. Yes, it all sounds very futuristic.

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KFC is now using facial recognition to serve customers. KFC will be China’s first smart restaurant as KFC has teamed up with Baidu, China’s equivalent of Google.

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The system can recommend menu items based on a customer’s estimated age, sex and mood. So what does that mean for a really happy person, maybe some happy french fries or an ice cream? Baidu states that a male customer in his early 20s would be offered ‘a set meal of crispy chicken hamburger, roasted chicken wings and coke’, whilst a female customer in her 50s would get a recommendation of ‘porridge and soybean milk for breakfast’. That sounds very healthy and maybe a little bit cheeky – why shouldn’t a 50 year old woman be offered a burger and chicken wings? Surely she too should be allowed to indulge in a fried chicken fantasy!

There is no denying that the machine is smart. It allows you to pay with your mobile phone at the machine and collect your meal moments later at the counter. Now that’s what I call ‘fast food’ and so 2017. However not everyone finds the machine smart or entertaining; The Guardian reports that ‘at lunchtime, not one person gave the machine a second or even first glance, preferring instead to wait longer in line and order from the human attendants’.

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This also happened at the breakfast rush hour. Not very popular then… Some are sceptical due to privacy reasons, however KFC has insisted that the data the machine collects is highly secure and will not be used for any other purpose. Love it or hate it, facial recognition technology is planned to be expanded to KFC’s 5,000 stores around China, and potentially normalised into other public-facing services. Well then, look out Londoners as you might just spot facial recognition self-serve machines in your local KFC… smile!

– @NaomiYazminn

Burger King dress up as the ghost of McDonald’s this Halloween

Posted on October 31st, 2016 in Consumer PR,Food and Drink PR,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,Publicity Stunts,Restaurant PR,Stunt Of The Day.

Halloween is the perfect time of year for major brands to make social waves and stir up the corporate world. Enter FMCG giants, Burger King throwing seasonal shade at fellow fast food leviathan, McDonald’s.

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A New York Burger King has kitted out its sign as a McDonald’s ghost using a big white sheet and cut-out eyes with the marquee sign reading, “Boooooo. Just kidding, we still flame grill our burgers. Happy Halloween”.

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Sadly the stunt is currently only being used at one Burger King franchise with no plans to encorporate it into a global strategy.

We await McDonalds’ response. Revenge is a dish best served… fried?

– @turnthq