06/09/2013 11:37:00 PMCoral Beach
So....someone has decided that the only way to sell mandarins is to give then a name that kids might like..."Clementines" "Cuties" and now "Halos". I wonder if this would work for broccoli? Cauliflower? Brussels Spouts? Come on marketing types...who can make these items fun?
Um... "Clementines" is not some made up cute kid friendly name. Clementines are not Mandarin Oranes While clementines are in the same family as mandarins, clementines do not have seeds and mandarin oranges do. Clementine oranges are also sweeter than mandarin oranges.
ok. so please end my confusion. are cuties and halos the same product?
R, Cuties and Wonderful Halos are brands of clementines/mandarins that are sold by two different companies. Sun Pacific Co. now has sole ownership of the Cuties brand, which it previously jointly owned with Paramount Citrus. After selling the Cuties brand, Paramount Citrus developed the new Wonderful Halos brand for its easy-peel citrus fruit. Paramount Citrus is owned by Roll Global, which also owns Pom Wonderful and Wonderful Pistachios. Coral Beach, staff writer
Are they any safer than cuties or are they still toxic, so drenched in pedticides that the entire fruit is contaminated?
They are the same thing. Different name for the same fruit.
Caroline, they aren't toxic, you are the crazy lady at the scary house at the end of the street.
I have always loved tangerines at Christams time, but I can assure you I will not be purchasing Halos because of the advertising campaign currently in play. It is NOT appropriate for children to denegrate their parents and behave in such a condescending manner as these commercials depict. NOT A FAN.
Agree!!! Those commercials are awful!
I have purchased "CUTIES" for years, but until these OBNOXIOUS commercials with the RUDE brats are off the air I won't even CONSIDER buying a box of Halos....and Paramount advertises the product for parents to purchase for their "little angels?". Children nowadays are so imbued with a sense of entitlement that it is sickening...and now we give them permission to tell the people who BUY the Halos that they can't have any, that they are strictly for kids? Besides the commercials being just plain stupid...really, the guy in the bathtube with rubber duckies...don't insult my intelligence or my sensibilities. I will boycott Halos until their advertising changes...how about an attitude of SHARING instead of bratty greediness? I'm sending an email directly to Paramount Citrus expressing my disgust with their commercials. And I'll be buying my "Cuties" from Sun Pacific.
Amen!! Commercials with bratty, snotty little DEVILS? They send the absolute wrong message to kids. Those commercials are nowhere near being cute OR angelic! It's a pity; I'd love to try the fruit. When the commercials change -- and only then -- I will be first in line. (Time to change your ad agency, "Halos!")
okay, so it's not just me. cuties and halos are the same fruit (thought so!) and the halos commercials are, to say the least, off-putting. thanks, guys, for clearing this up. and no, i won't be buying them either.
Your ad campaign for Halos is horrible. What kind of message are we sending kids? Everything is only for them and be disrespectful to your parents? The commercials really irk me. I won’t be buying Halos because of the message the commercials portray.
I definitely will Not be purchasing Halos because of their negative advertising campaign currently in play! It is Not appropriate for children to denegrate their parents and behave in such a condescending manner as these commercials depict! What kind of message is this company trying to send to our children? To be disrespectful to your parents to get what you want?? I think NOT!! Also Paramount Citrus should realize that by insulting the intelligence of parents everywhere is costing their company valuable dollars and potential customers because the parents would purchase their product Not the children! I will boycott Halos until their advertising campaign changes for the better! I will share this with all my friends and family in my community as well! And I will be buying my "Cuties" only from Sun Pacific for this entire winter season! NOT A FAN OF HALOS!!
Halos and Cuties are NOT the same thing. Halos have seeds and are harder to peel. I have NEVER come across a Cutie with seeds and have always been able to peel it in one piece. Cuties are also juicier and sweeter than the Halos. So, again, NOT the same thing.
I think the commercials are hilarious, I am going to buy so many Halos it's not even funny. Who are these people that come on The Packer and always say they them and everyone they know are going to boycott everything?
I remember when coca cola changed their red can to half red and half white with a polar bear head at the top as a marketing trend around x mas time. Consumers begin to complain, saying the coke tasted different, tasted like something between the organial and diet coke, their sales went down as changed to pespi. Then coke changed back to the red can and has been there since.
I bought Cuties until they ran out last year and they were delicious. Never found a bad one in any bag I bought. This year I just bought a bag of Haloes (sp?) and am displeased so far because they aren't as ripe as last year's Cuties. Initially I had them in the fridge but took them out yesterday so they'd ripen more quickly and they are almost ready for my two cousins and me to eat. Is there a vagueness to exactly what they are or did the company decide they were Clementines over mandarins ?
On our small farm we grow pesticide-free seedless, easy to peel, sweet, juicy, tangerines. We call our fruit what it is; seedless tangerines, no commercials, not multi-million dollar brand name. Yet, we at a certain times of the year, actually grow and sell the same variety of tangerines as those special, CUTE, ANGELIC names. However, if we call our fruit by their name, then we will be sued for trademark infringement or something. This is how monopolies happen. A pesticide-free, seedless, easy to peel, tree ripe tangerine is not good enough anymore because consumers and kids bought the campaign and this kind of agriculture is in my opinion what is destroying our food system and small farms across the country. We can't compete. I am a tad hesitant to even say this on this page, but it is the truth and we work from a values-based, education based philosophy. If you really want to know your food, then get a growing chart that shows what kind of fruit is ripe during which season. If you are eating plums in the winter, they were not grown in the US. Which is fine, but we should know our food and how it is marketed, the impact it has on small farmers, the economy and how much money goes into keeping consumers confused. Know your farmer, and you will know your food. This I hope is the trend of the future!
"Paramount Citrus officials say they will spend at least $20 million for Amarketing during the debut season for Wonderful Halos, the new brand for the company's mandarins and clementines. The company's former partner Sun Pacific Cos. bought the previously shared Cuties brand and logo from Paramount in recent weeks. Both grower-shippers are recruiting third-party growers for the 2013 season. - See more at: http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable- news/210788171.html?cmid=163486052&submitted=y#a163486052"
Wonderful Halos are not nearly as good as the former Cuties. We purchased 2 bags and had to throw out more than half of each one as they were soft and squishy. What is wrong with thess fruits or their packagaging and delivery to markets?
I love the Halos and will buy them again and again! I've never seen the commerical and I think most of you have way too much time on your hands to worry about a commerical.
Cuties are far better than the Halos, Cuties have more juice and a lot sweeter.
I bought a 5lb bag of Halos at our local WEGMANS grocery store. They taste wonderful, except I had to throw 9 of them out due to being rotten. Not happy with my buy. I can understand one or two, maybe even three. But NINE???!!! Come on! Will be talking with the store for a refund.
We have been eating Cuties for years. We love them. Easy to peel, sweet and juicy. Never a bad one. Our store switched to Halos, so we tried them. They are hard to peel, have seeds and taste like chemicals. My mom, my daughter and I all took a bite and found the same chemical taste. I also agree with the nasty marketing. The kids are RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL. But what do you expect from a company that uses a greedy, anti-American, Army deserter like Psy in their ads. I will never buy them again. I stopped buying their nuts and POM is disgusting. There is nothing wonderful about the Wonderful brand.
I just bought my first box of Halos, and they are neither as easy to peel, nor as sweet as Cuties. I hoped someone else would notice the difference. I don't even know if it is possible to find Cuties here anymore. I came to this board to see what happened to them, because since the Christmas season, all I've seen in our weekly ads are Halos. I didn't think they were the same. I don't like them, and I haven't even seen the ads.
This is a bit old but had to comment. I work in a produce department and customers were going nuts about there not being Halos, and the fact that the box said Clementines. As a trained botanist I actually know they are the same exact thing, but customers complained and told me I was wrong and even got angry - but they were wrong. This just tops it off though - Halos are actually the same people, the same farms and trees that were Cuties, just a different name now? I wish I could show this to all the insane people that got mad about it and were wrong and then some...
I have had the Cuties before and LOVED LOVED LOVED them. Super sweet and juicy and no strings with a little bit of a bite to them. I cannot find them anymore. So, I decided to try the Halos. They are tough and stringy and do not taste nearly as good as the Cuties. I want my Cuties back. Whatever they did, it wasn't just a matter of changing the name...it's like a totally different fruit. UGH!!!
Sad they do not taste the same as cuties
To all of you that think their is a difference, they literally are coming from the same trees. They just split into two different brands. I cant believe what I am reading on here...
what a relief, still some real humans left. wondered if the ad upset anyone else. it did me.i wont buy anymore.
I haven't and won't buy anymore, it's called the power of the purse. obviously the majority of the americans have been dumbed down to the point of being stupid. obviously they don't know the meaning of a (natural born citizen) or this idiot would not be president.
I felt the same way regarding this advertising. We have enough trouble with children disrespecting adults and persons in authority, do we need to feed the problem with such commercials?
Why replace such a good name. Love the name Cutie much more then Halo. The taste of cutie was better. I am not sure if the Halo is from the same tree. It seems like they not as sweet as before n their taste r not consistent.
Sounds to me like there is a handling difference between Cuties and Halos right at the orchard. Perhaps even a difference in initial cull, too. Even if the trees are identical differences in handling and cultivation can produce noticeable differences in the final product. As many bad fruits as are noted here also strongly suggests that there is increased spoilage right on the supermarket, which should be noted in supermarket waste reports. If so that will influence market share all by itself as much as customer preference in both sales and comments to store staff will. I will stick with Cuties myself. I like em and also prefer them to imported for taste and would like to buy product of USA as much as possible.
So agree! Can't stand commercials promoting selfishness & bratty kids, won't buy
I like your oranges but I realy do not like your commercials. Here you have a mom or dad, the ones who lovingly bought the oranges for their children, and a nasty attitude child scolding the parents for eating their oranges. Sheesh, what happened to our sweet grateful children.....has this not been taught why cant you teach that in your add instead of being nasty and ungrateful. I turn the sound off for your commmercials so I dont have to hear the nasty little children...
I agree with the poor ad campaigns......there is nothing like and ungrateful bratty kid to send me the other way and I am glad to read that so many others agree with me.....Ungratefull children and disrespect is not what we should be teaching......there is still hope for our children just dont buy Halos and explain why to your kids......vote with your money.
I love the Halos and so do my Grandchildren, but your advertising Dept. has dropped the ball…I love to see children "empowered", but not to the extent that they're threatening the very adults who buy the oranges..If my Grandchild told me that I'd have to sleep in a tiny bed, wearing a super hero costume; I'd tell him to go to time-out and he'd better never talk to an adult like that again! I'd also remind him of who buys the food!!
I love clementine tangerines and saw a box the other day in the store but I agree with some of the others here and probably a good percentage of consumers. I steered clear of them due to their branding. It was not clear if it was Resnick's wife.... not sure....WHO on that creative team decided to brand their product using BRATs as their little spokes peeps??!!! In this day and age... of thinking it's cute when a toddler starts saying NO! I won't support a script showcasing kids sassing their parents. Period. And my adult kid is a working and successful actor and I am a writer. I GET that they are actors. THAT is what I think disturbs most of us. The writer could have written sooo many other scenarios selling Halos without causing us to want to boycott them. Even if "we" are the minority here (which I don't think we are) why wouldn't you want to write a campaign that wins everyone over?
It seems to me that they could have saved a lot of money in the advertising dept. by hiring someone else. They are having to do a double back peddal now by not only paying someone for a horrible campaign idea but for trying to make up for all the lost sales due to the campaign they paid for!
The Halos commercials I have seen just contribute to the notion that children should be entitled little brats who can tell parents they are not allowed to have a Halo while sitting at the kid's game.....to which they probably carted the kid along with a bunch of friends. And I wonder who bought the Halos? I know....it's only a commercial. However, anything that contributes to disempowerment of parents is a big mistake. It's enough to make me shop where they sell Cuties or some other brand. This ad campaign is not cute, and neither are those children! Thanks!
One more time people!!!! Halos and Cuties are "THE SAME IDENTICAL FRUIT"!!!!! NO DIFFERENCE!!!!The only difference is when they are picked...
I have to agree. I don't like the commercials either. I think disrespecting a parent who furnishes everything you need to live is really rude. Whomever came up with this idea can do better and the ones who bought the idea are worse. Shame on all of you.
I agree about the commercials - they are totally obnoxious!!!!!
I'm so tired of commercials, movies and tv in general conditioning us that it is ok to disrespect parental authority. It is only hilarious until you are a parent of a disrespectful child who grows into a disrespectful adult. I guess you are ok with a braindead apathetic society of zombies
Totally agrees with everyone who dislikes the "Halo" commercials... We used to buy Cuties.. then all of a sudden there are these "Halos"... Really?.. The Cutie commercials were much more appealing... NOT only that.. we bought some "Halos" and they seemed like they experienced a frozen period. By the time we got them they were tasteless and dry.... Finally tossed the whole lot of them... !!!!
I wrote a comment.. but not seeing it in the feed.. If this one shows up... Just gonna say.... BS with the Halos!!!
Not buying these "Halos" Did the obnoxious children buy them with their lemonade stand money. If i bought the stinkin' Halos I can darn well eat them and not have obnoxious kids making ridiculous comments.
soccer kid being disrespecful toward mom, that"s the way you sell a product....wont buy product anymore And mom allowing child to threaten and speak to her in that manner
Lois, you got that right!! I've only seen the commercial once as I watch very little TV and even less commercials. Where are the sweet grateful children? They are no longer made;). People have children, but don't raise them;). So glad mine is raised before the sense of entitlement generation came along. I have very low tolerance for brat kids.
After watching dozens of your parent/child Halos commercials I am disgusted. Why would you promote a sassy, back talking and rude children? It is sooo againt the respect that this world really needs. I do not see it as cute when a parent works hard to bring home nutritious food for the entire family and a child dictates who can enjoy the fruit of the parents labor. I will never buy another box of them for my family or classroom till you clean up your ads.
I cannot stand the commercials for Halos...they feature kids acting bratty and possessive over food that is good for the whole family.
The commercial is horrific. Utube it and watch it, the kids are mean & disrespectful to their parents. It's stupid for advertising. I don't want my kids to ever act like that.
I also agree. In a world fraught with disrespect from adult to adult, adult to child, child to child and company to company, I do not see the need to perpetuate the disorderly conduct associated with a fresh, good for you fruit. I mean Kraft mac and cheese did it in a way that was cute but your ads are just mean and rude. Even the kid looks like a wanna be hoodlum. I don't eat your fruit as it is too expensive for my family due to the lack of being able to eat them all before they spoil, but that does not mean I don't formulate opinions based on the advertising for future purchases as well as the rest of the world. Please rethink your campaign to enhance the fresh, PURE goodness your product wants to be known for. Thank you.
Cuties and Halos are identical as far as last season everything was labeled under the Cuties brand, and this year it's split between the two. There was a freeze in California in early December that has probably affected the flavor of all citrus fruit, not just the Halos. That being said, the commercials for the Halos are quite terrible. They don't make me want to laugh, they make me upset that a child can act like that and the parent is ok with it.
These are the WORST commercials….kids are fed by their parents, their parents who work hard to put food on the table. Your ad's make it acceptable for a bratty kid to be rude to a parent. So WRONG. I would NEVER buy your brand because of this.
I agree! I will refuse to buy this product until those commercials are removed from the air. That behavior is horrible and what an awful example to children watching such bad behavior.
so where can you buy a clementine, halos or cutie tree & seeds in Texas. I have been searching the net and can't find any place that will ship to Texas
I believe your commercial with the obnoxious selfish children is the WRONG approach to sell Halos. Please remove the commercial and I might buy your product.
I think the commercials are SO WRONG really we want to teach our kids to be Rude and selfish, what wrong with kids learning that halos are so good we want to Share them , just saying
The Halos commercials are terrible! What we don't need in America is any more objectionable kids who think they can speak the way your commercial kids are speaking to the adults.
I don't believe they are they same...all I know is since I can't find Cuties and have had to purchase Halos, I've been disappointed. Halos are hard to peel, have seeds and are almost always dried out. No more juicy goodness! Sad.
Kudos to everyone who is standing up and talking about the negligent marketing for this product. There is no malice on my end, just the concern of an adult who has already witnessed, ten fold, the morally retarded marketing ideas , for products ranging from candy cigarettes to awful misogenistic and violent rap (music?)...which is INTENTIALLY MARKETED toward impressionabke youngsters. I hope you are all familiar with the old song 'What the world needs now', Is the ONLY reason these think tank goons are pushing this reckless message to children, the fact that they foresee it making their pockets fatter? THIS ad campaign, along with games such as Grand Theft Auto, violent gangster rap etc...portray the kind if message which is EXACTLY the opposite of what the world needs now. Rant over.
Love the product, but LOATHE the commercials! Children should not be empowered to ridicule and challenge parents - the same parents who make the fruit available in the first place!!!
Thank goodness I am not the only one who HATES this ridiculous commercial. Not a good example to set for other kids to see them being so greedy and not sharing with the parents who bought them the Halos in the first place. If my child had done that, I would have taken the Halos away and given them to a needy family that would have appreciated them.
When did children run the adults lives. I find your comericals very rude ,parents buy the fruit . I will not buy your fruit . What are you teaching the children. To be Rude? Shame on you.
Halos have had some seeds, and they are not as sweet. I agree the advertising it's inappropriate , not kid friendly
I liked Quties much better. Halos are very sour.
I agree with you 100%. In addition of NOT RESPECTING their parents, kids should learn that sharing is a good thing, specially food.
In January when I could not find the "Cuties" that we loved last year, I finally purchased a box of "Halos", well they looked close enough, almost. Not as pretty. But the taste was just NOT THE SAME! as 2013 Cuties. Not as sweet and did not last as long on the kitchen counter or in the refrigerator. They actually started turning brown in 2 weeks, whereas I kept Cuties up to 4 weeks last year. My Grandchildren were not pleased with the taste, neither was I. Perhaps growing conditions were different this year, perhaps shipping and storage played a part in the lower standard of fruit but I won't be buying any more Halos this year. I keep looking for Cuties, hoping they will be better than the Halos on the market this winter-spring. All 3 generations of my family agree that we miss the Cuties of 2013. WOW, spending millions in marketing..... growing & selling oranges must be a very profitable produce.... or the producer/farmers are taking a hit.
Boy do I agree with you.....and Halos are not as good s Cuties were last year.
Do not like Halos, cuties had a better flavor. Will not buy Halos again.
Just purchased a bag of Halos after the 3 lb bag of Cuties were gone. The Halos actually had better flavor and sweetness than the Cuties I got last week. I really think that the sweetness of the fruit is dependant on the crop, time of harvest etc. Even before Halos were launched, I occasionally got a box of bad Cuties. This is just a part of purchasing fresh produce. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not so good.
cuties are way better if you know what "good taste" means.
Roll Intl. is good at leveraging grocery stores to sell their product. They do it with pomegranates and pistachios. Try and find a pomegranate that's not a Pom Wonderful during pomegranate season. I heard they said "if you want to sell our Pom juice then we need exclusivity on the Pom fruit". They understand that marketshare is more important than branding. I believe that is why they gave up the Cutie label. They will just leverage the "Cuties" out of the marker place.
Cuties are better than Halos, but I don't see how I am going to survive the summer without them. Wish they grew year round.
Halos are definitely superior to other brands of citrus in reliability, ease of peeling, and sweetness. The commercial did the trick, since it stuck with you, for good or bad. I buy a bag a week- just for me!