Champagne Comes From Champagne. It’s That Simple.

I’ll admit there are plenty of things I didn’t know. One of them is that Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. This was a source of confusion when my girlfriend sent me to buy some champagne for her office last month, and I didn’t realize that California doesn’t produce champagne, only “sparking […]

GMO Labeling Was A No Go. But Maybe Not For Long.

Even in very blue Washington state, I didn’t really hear much about California’s Prop 37 this year, an initiative to label food products as containing Genetically Modified Organisms. There was a little bit of attention paid in the advertising industry because Alex Bogusky threw some money at the cause. But Prop 37 was defeated, largely […]

Why Is Adweek Pushing Big Corn’s Agenda?

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I just got back from a trip to Europe, where one of the things you don’t see on the labels of candy bars and sodas is High Fructose Corn Syrup. I don’t think the sweetener’s technically banned there, but it’s very rare. So it’s no surprise that folks like the Corn Refiners Association, a trade […]

“Protect The Football” Is A Great Call To Action

Protect the football (from homebrew, wheatgrass, babies any environments that doesn’t work for watching football). That’s the new message from Buffalo Wild Wings and its ad agency, Fallon. Interestingly, some homebrewers are pissed at the brand. One commenter on YouTube said, “You should learn to make good wings before you pick on the people that […]

Taco Bell Airlifts Taco Truck To Remote Alaska Town, Feeds The Tacoless

Some pranksters (that may or may not be employed by Taco Bell and/or its ad agency, DraftFCB/Orange County) posted flyers in the small town of Bethel, Alaska announcing that a new Taco Bell would be opening on July 4th. The flyers included a fake web address but a real phone number belonging to a local […]

Turn Off The Food Channel And Head Over To Applebee’s

Crispin Porter + Bogusky will “See You Tomorrow” at one of 2000 Applebee’s locations. Here’s a look at the first two spots in a new food-focused campaign from the Boulder- and Miami-based agency since winning the account: I’m a little confused by the over-confident tagline. Isn’t tomorrow always one day off? It’s not now, that […]

The Brand To The North Is Taking Questions

Canadians are asking questions of McDonald’s. “Does your Egg McMuffin use real eggs?” “How is it that Burger King has a veggie burger and McDonald’s doesn’t?” “Is there beef in your fries?” “We know that there are questions out there, and that there are myths out there,” McDonald’s Canada chief marketing officer Joel Yashinsky said […]

Planters Aims For Men, With A Magazine In Tow

A new campaign for Planters aims directly for men with a new “NUT-rition Mix,” and ties in “Men’s Health” magazine in the process: From the press release: ”This is our first time working with a snack brand, and the product had to meet the high standards our readers know to expect from us,” said Ronan […]

You Might Have A Beef With “Pink Slime” But Its Makers Have A Beef With That Name

If you want a good lesson in the power of words, branding, and crisis PR, consider the case of a product its maker calls “lean, finely textured beef” and others call “pink slime.” The campaign to rid supermarkets, schools, and restaurants of “pink slime” is having an effect on its maker, according to the Huffington […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Seattle’s egg Gets Saucy With Tomato Goodness

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I admire ad agencies that actually launch their own branded products: it’s not only a cool way for agencies to build a brand on their terms, but it’s a great object lesson in running a business that lets them experience a client’s perspective. So I was pleasantly surprised to see the folks from Seattle’s egg […]