Eye On Marketers

Marketing has a profound affect on the foods we eat and the beverages we drink, yet most of that marketing is for products we should avoid. BMSG monitors the media to help keep advocates informed of the tactics food and beverage companies use to target children, communities of color, and other groups that are particularly susceptible to the health harms these products cause.
Source: Time Magazine
Friday, November 7, 2014

Mountain Dew has been offering free tastes of its new flavor, Dewitos, designed to taste like Doritos, to college students. The strategy has been marketed as giving "fans a voice in helping decide on the next new product..." but has so far only been seen on college and university campuses.

Source: QSR
Friday, November 7, 2014

Checkers and Rally Restaurants are using comfort foods, such as grilled cheese and mozzarella sticks, to target millennials. In order to appeal to this demographic, they are revamping the foods to make them more portable, easier to eat on the go, and aggressively marketing their late night availability.

Source: PR Newswire
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The company is partnering with J&J Snack Foods for this product, aimed to expand its market with Latino consumers.

Source: Ad Week
Monday, November 3, 2014

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Coca-Cola is partnering with (RED) for World AIDS Day. This includes a campaign specifically targeted to Millennials and uses a staple of Coke's marketing, music. Joe Belliotti, head of music at Coca-Cola, explains, "...we're going to use the power of music to bring that message to a teenage Millennial audience around the world."

Source: PR Newswire
Thursday, October 30, 2014

In this example of corporate social responsibility, the collaboration is intended to create more black executives. This partnership is an attempt to strengthen the foundation's image, especially among African Americans, and portray a commitment to diversity.

Source: PR Newswire
Thursday, October 30, 2014

In a move "to promote a healthier Halloween and honor Jamba's commitment to child nutrition", Jamba Juice is using the holiday to promote its product among children by offering free smoothies on October 31st. They are also promoting their Jamba Kids meal which includes a cheesy pretzel.

Source: Arizona State University News
Thursday, October 30, 2014

A research study from Arizona State University finds that marketing directed at children on the inside and outside of fast food restaurants is more prevalent in majority black, middle income and rural communities. The lead researcher explains, "marketing food to children is of great concern not only because it affects their current consumption patterns but also because it may affect their taste and preferences."

Source: PR Newswire
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The parent company of Dunkin Donuts and Baskin-Robbins is partnering with the NAACP to increase the number of franchised businesses owned by people of color. This partnership gives the company an opportunity to seem as though it is involved in the community.

Source: Ad Week
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The app targets millennials by allowing consumers to find nearby locations, checkout with a credit care and save favorite items. The company is trying to generate buzz by launching the app and removing its other social media presence, leaving only a post with the hashtag #onlyintheapp

Source: Food Navigator
Monday, October 27, 2014

Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) has been selling the Mexican sparkling water brand, Penafiel, aiming to increase its market with Latino consumers. DPS CEO Larry Young explains, "we have very targeted hispanic markets that we work in -- we're starting to get some real learnings from bringing the Penafiel in from Mexico."

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