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Posts Tagged ‘Kraft Foods’

A.1. Steak Sauce ‘Breaks Up’ with Its Brand and Gets a #PRWin

A1 old school

That’s right. Old school! It’s how we roll.

I have shared this with many people in the advertising and PR industries:

“Advertising and PR intersect all the time without either industry knowing it. Ads establish position. PR creates perception.”

We need to work together. You know? Like “We are the World,” only without all that mushy singing and fighting world hunger stuff. That said, when a brand or an agency has figured out how to do both, it’s a golden day.

A.1. Steak Sauce did just that via Facebook of all places, and it was glorious in the world of social media, PR, and whatever the hell they put in that hazy brown elixir of yumminess.

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Kraft Plans to Turn Down Its Orange Glow in 2014

5lb-bag-of-kraft-cheese-powderIf you have children of most ages, you have certainly ripped open a box of processed, delectable Kraft Mac N’ Cheese. The kids clamor for it, and be honest, you enjoy making it in 10 minutes or less on a school night.

However, if you have carefully investigated what you are cooking, you may have noticed that balmy, nuclear orange glow that slightly resembles Speaker John Boehner (or one of Willy Wonka’s Oompa-Loompas) on a bright summer day. How can that mess be edible with that enriched food coloring from the planet Angina?

To wit, AP is reporting Kraft will remove artificial (and nearly retina-tearing) coloring from three of its products in 2014.

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Food Blogger Takes Fight Against Kraft to the Streets of Chicago

PR wars over food safety, labeling, and questionable ingredients have been raging as of late, and big brands have increasingly found themselves on the wrong side of standoffs involving concerned citizens armed with petitions, boycotts and Facebook pages. As we all know, the way these brands respond often determines whether such situations become opportunities for positive PR or full-blown damage control disasters.

Now it’s Kraft‘s turn.

Food blogger Vani Hari (AKA “Food Babe“), along with with Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com, recently filed a petition asking the company to remove potentially harmful dyes yellow 5 and yellow 6 from its childhood dinner staple Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Though the petition has already garnered over 270,000 signatures, Hari decided to take her fight to the streets (literally) in an effort to earn more attention and support for her cause.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

TobleroneAfter a review, McGarryBowen‘s London office acquired the global advertising account for Toblerone, the renowned candy brand. WPP’s Ogilvy managed the account previously, and—even thought it will no longer handle the Toblerone account—it will continue to work for a new company, Mondelez, established by the division of Kraft Foods into two separate entities.

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman catapulted into fame upon being identified as the person who triggered an FBI investigation that exposed CIA Director General David Petraeus‘ extramarital affair, has hired the crisis firm Smith & Co., based in Washington, DC. Though Smith & Co. refused to comment, both USA Today and Fox News reported that Ms. Kelley and her husband, Scott, hired Smith & Co.’s founder, PR maven Judy Smith, and attorney Abbe Lowell.

WISE PR, based in New York City, has added several new clients to its roster: Control Group, an NYC-based innovation strategy firm; Spruce Media, the leading provider of enterprise-class marketing solutions for Facebook Ads; Yieldex, the leading provider of inventory and revenue management solutions for digital publishers; Dynamix, a provider of dynamic creative engagement, optimization and personalization technology, and Spindle Labs Inc., a developer of new search technology to help people discover social content.

Roll Call: Walmart Exec Joins H+K, Groupon Exec Joins Weber, and More

George Shelton has been named SVP at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading the reputation management and corporate practice starting February 15. Shelton was previously senior director for insights, advocacy, and outreach for Walmart, a role focused on the company’s commercial goals and public policy programs. In this new role, he’ll be based in Austin and focused on CSR, messaging, reputation management, and media outreach.

Brad Williams, previously the global comms VP for Groupon, has joined Weber Shandwick as head of the North American technology practice. He’ll be based in Sunnyvale, CA and report to Heidi Sinclair, president of the global tech group. Williams also has experience working with eBay, Yahoo!, and VeriSign. He stepped down from his post at Groupon in August 2011.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Kraft Foods is seeking a firm as it prepares to spin off its snacks business, which is worth $31 billion. Brands include Oreo and Cadbury. The Holmes Report says five agencies are being considered; they will be making presentations to Kraft in London on Monday focused on product launches and snacking behavior. The decision will be made within two months.

Calysto Communications has been hired to provide global PR, social media, and media relations services to network performance management company SevOne. The firm will target Southeast Asia and Australia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and South Africa with its efforts. [via]

Nutrisystem has chosen Impression PR Partners as its AOR after a review. Impression Partners is a relatively new firm. [via PRWeek] *

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Social Means Business for Consumer Brands

Social media has evolved from marketing strategy to business strategy, according to Adrian Parker, director of social media and digital strategy at RadioShack. Parker was one of the corporate speakers at the Association for National Advertiser’s (ANA) Digital and Social Media conference who provided case studies about their social media programs on Wednesday and Thursday in New York.

Presenters from Dominos, Gap, VISA , and other big-name brands described how their social initiatives have led to increases not only in brand awareness and perceptions but have also expanded their customer base and resulted in market share and sales gains. Many of these are classic brands who were looking to modernize their image.

Common themes and takeaways are detailed after the break.

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J&J Tops CSR Index

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and Reputation Institute (there’s a whole center for CSR!) has released the 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Index, a report it has put out for three years. Johnson & Johnson tops the list followed by The Walt Disney Company and Kraft Foods respectively. For the entire top ten, click here.

The index is based on a survey of 7,790 consumers, who are asked about how the companies treat its stakeholders, including employees and the global community. The study also found that a good reputation for CSR also impacts a company’s reputation in areas like citizenship and governance. Financial services companies were at the bottom of the list.

Studies show that millennials are seeking out jobs and careers that have meaning attached to them. And, judging by some of the workshops at the PRSA conference this week – there were two discussions about cause marketing one day, both with packed audiences – CSR is still important to many organizations. Effectively implementing socially responsible programs is still a work in progress for many.