“The habits and (demographic) profile of ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ viewers lined up with those of the organic consumer,” Seeley said.
In some ways, “America’s Test Kitchen” is a toned-down version of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” Food Network television show, which ended its run in February. “America’s Test Kitchen” includes science segments like “Good Eats” did and mixes explanation of cooking techniques with preparing recipes, but the style is not as gonzo as Brown’s production.
Kimball, wearing his bow tie and suspenders, talks to cooks and experts, leaving most of the on-air cooking to others.
With the “America’s Test Kitchen” cross-promotion, there will be on-air and online sponsorship segments for Foxy products. Foxy organic product packaging will carry the TV program’s logo.
After the first of the year, Seeley and his crew are working on a contest by which consumers can win a trip to see the “America’s Test Kitchen” facility in Brookline, Mass. That contest will be advertised on the Web and social media venues.
The Nunes Co. also plans to play host to a trade event for retail and wholesale customers after the first of the year, Seeley said.
The Nunes Co. is not the first produce marketing organization to take advantage of the “America’s Test Kitchen” opportunity. Watch episodes from this season and you see spots promoting California avocados.
The California Avocado Commission has sponsored “America’s Test Kitchen” for two years, and does not sponsor any other TV cooking program.
The commission is negotiating for a third year but no agreement has been struck, said Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing for the Irvine-based commission.
“Through research, we have found our consumers have a high interest in cooking for fun and entertaining,” Delyser said.
So “America’s Test Kitchen” is a good fit in that regard with the consumers the California Avocado Commission is trying to attract.
The commission reaches consumers via the “America’s Test Kitchen” website and social media outlets. The multiple venues for making contact with consumers help the commission build its brand and drive sales, DeLyser said.