HEINZ debuts Pickle Ketchup, Wonderful Pistachios, Kia, Freshpet…

HEINZ debuts Pickle Ketchup, Wonderful Pistachios, Kia, Freshpet… and other brands targeting the U.S. consumer right now. Check out our prior Sales Leads columns.

  • HEINZ debuts Pickle Ketchup

HEINZ, announced the launch of Pickle Ketchup, a new condiment that combines the tangy and savory flavor of pickles with the unmistakable taste of HEINZ Ketchup. Pickle Ketchup is the latest HEINZ innovation designed to deliver on fans’ hunger for unique, elevated, and nuanced flavor experiences. Pickle Ketchup marks the first HEINZ innovation to launch globally following the brand’s unification under one global creative platform earlier this year. Pickle Ketchup will begin rolling out on shelves in the United States in early 2024. It is currently rolling out in select retailers in the United Kingdom and will roll out to additional markets later this year and early next.
“Increased desire for tasty, yet unexpected condiments has served as our innovation north star for the last several years,” says Katie Peterson, Director of HEINZ Innovation at The Kraft Heinz Company. “The current pickle craze in America mirrors the irrational love HEINZ fans have for the brand, so it only made sense for our newest ketchup to blend these two beloved tastes together.” The popularity of pickles is high, with 73 percent of Americans reporting that they enjoy the taste of pickles, according to Datassential Report, October 2023.

  • Wonderful Pistachios

Wonderful PistachiosWonderful® Pistachios is launching a new advertising campaign, “Remember, They’re Wonderful,” to remind consumers that the pistachios they know and love are the ones with the word Wonderful right on the bag. “Remember, They’re Wonderful” features four 15-second television spots that will air on TV, OTT and digital platforms as an extension of Wonderful Pistachios revitalized “Get Crackin” campaign that launched in January 2023. Now live, “Reading is Wonderful,” “Literally Wonderful,” “Branding is Wonderful” and “A Wonderful Clue” physically show viewers how to spot Wonderful Pistachios by pointing to the word on the bag. “We put the pistachio category on the map with our iconic black bag, and now we’ll be making our brand name even more recognizable with this simple yet clever approach to how we are Wonderful,” shared Diana Salsa, vice president of marketing for Wonderful Pistachios. The campaign was developed by The Wonderful Company’s in-house creative team at Wonderful Agency.

  • Kia

Kia America’s most-awarded vehicle ever, the Telluride SUV, is the star of a new creative campaign that debuted during the opening game of the 2023-2024 NBA season on ESPN. Developed by Kia’s newest technology and creative partner, OPUS, the 30-second spotLoose Ball” features Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green and his daughter, Olive, and serves as the official tip off of Kia’s “Legends in the Making” campaign which is designed to strengthen further the brand’s association with the NBA and its fans. The spot opens with Draymond Green in a way that audiences have never seen him before, deep in the woods with a Wolf Gray 2024 Telluride X-Pro SUV in the background. As Green turns to walk back to the Telluride, he’s greeted by an unexpected guest. Up for any challenge, Green jumps in his Telluride to make a quick getaway before returning home to hoop with his daughter. “The rugged and capable Kia Telluride took the brand to new heights, all the while besting some of the toughest and most formidable SUVs on the market to become a legend in its own right,” said Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America.   In addition to the 30-second broadcast spot, the campaign includes 15- and 6-second cut downs, social media elements, and a charitable component through a partnership with Draymond Green’s selected charity, T In addition to being the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA, Kia America is also the Title Partner of the All-Star Game MVP Award and All-Star MVP fan vote.  In addition, Kia has relationships with 13 NBA teams including: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Orlando MagicPhiladelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns.


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  • Subway 

For National Sandwich Day (November 3) this year, Subway is helping even more sandwich lovers enjoy the MVP treatment with a National Sandwich Day offer they won’t want to refuse – sign up for MVP Rewards and Subway will match their current point total from another qualifying restaurant program. “Subway’s MVP Rewards unlocks an even more rewarding Subway guest experience for our more than 32 million members, and we’re celebrating on National Sandwich Day with a special opportunity for new members to join and enjoy more of what they love from Subway,” said Mike Kappitt, Chief Operating and Insights Officer at Subway. “With the industry’s first-ever loyalty program point match, National Sandwich Day is the perfect opportunity for sandwich lovers to refresh their restaurant loyalty and see why Subway MVP Rewards is the only program that truly makes them feel like MVPs.” With 25 million points up for grabs, new MVP Rewards members can get on the fast track for more Subway Cash and Subway’s best subs – but they’ll have to move quickly. Starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on November 3 and open for only 24 hours, new MVP Rewards members can start the matching process by following these easy steps:**Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.),18 years of age and older who become members of the Subway® MVP Rewards loyalty program between Nov. 1 – 4 (and before the end of the Offer Period), who have accrued loyalty points through an applicable quick service restaurant loyalty program before the start of the Offer Period, and who take all required steps. Limited to the first 5,000 participants.  Offer begins at 9:00 am ET on 11/3/23 and ends at 9:00 am ET on 11/4/23 or when the participation limit is reached, whichever is first to occur.

  • Freshpet

Freshpet, a leading fresh pet food brand, has appointed Empower Media, America’s Biggest woman-owned media agency to its roster. Scott Morris, co-founder and President of Freshpet, said, “Empower Media offers a unique set of capabilities with their business building strategies, sustainability expertise, influencer networks, and marketing science capabilities that will support us as we continue to grow.” Freshpet’s mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats through the power of fresh, real food.  Freshpet is available in select mass, grocery (including online), natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States, Canada and Europe. From the care taken to source ingredients and make each recipe, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are how they like to run their business.