The King’s Candy

Ad Age examines a celebrity-backed promotion designed to provoke the over-60 crowd into visiting the candy aisle more often.

Coinciding with the 30th Anniversary of Elvis’s death next summer, Hershey will shimmy onto the shelf a limited-edition peanut-butter-and-banana-creme variety inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll legend. And the rollout will be accompanied by a significant promotional outlay.
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The push comes as part of Hershey’s effort to regain momentum for its brands, which have lost share to Mars during the last three months. Sales for Reese’s — No. 1 in the chocolate category — fell slightly during the last year to $412 million. And while many retailers question the appeal of the new flavor itself, the power of the pompadoured pop star is expected to bring attention to the item in stores.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.

  • http://multicultclassics.blogspot.com HighJive

    david, were you joking about the over-60 crowd reference?
    can’t imagine that target being interested in this product, as most of them are growing increasingly concerned with what they eat. at the same time, it’s hard to believe elvis has appeal with youth today. at least certainly not more appeal than a contemporary rocker or american idol participant.
    the promotions could include spots with people saying, “hey, you got an addicted rocker who choked on his own vomit in my peanut butter and chocolate!”

  • http://adpulp.com David Burn

    Yes, I made up the part about targeting old folks. I can’t get a thing by you, HIgh Jive.

  • daveednyc

    Look out Cobain. It’s the Return of the King!