Foxy organic line seems good fit for TV show

11/26/2012 10:50:00 AM
Chuck Robinson

Chuck Robinson, Assistant Copy ChiefChuck Robinson, Assistant Copy ChiefThe announcement that The Nunes Co. will promote its Foxy brand organic products on the public TV program “America’s Test Kitchen” has me pretty excited.

It’s not because I am into bow ties and suspenders like the host of the cooking program.

“America’s Test Kitchen” is a half-hour cooking program running on public television stations since 2001.

The host is Christopher Kimball, founder and editor-in-chief of Cook’s Illustrated, a magazine that publishes tested recipes with detailed instructions and evaluations of kitchen equipment and branded foods and ingredients.

The TV program reports on its website that it is the top-rated cooking program on public television, drawing 2.2 million viewers per weekly episode.

As a side note, I find the Cook’s Illustrated/“America’s Test Kitchen” saga interesting. Kimball founded Cook’s Illustrated magazine in 1980, sold it in 1990 to Conde Nast, which immediately ceased publishing it to clear out competition for the now-defunct Gourmet magazine.

Kimball reacquired the rights to the name and started up again in 1993.

Sometimes it seems produce marketing gets bogged down in package graphics or the miracle of modified-atmosphere storage and other technological marvels, important as they are.

Courtesy The Nunes Co.“America’s Test Kitchen” host Christopher Kimball (left) interviews Tom Nunes V, head of production for The Nunes Co., for an “America’s Test Kitchen” video segment.This tie-in, however, seems to rise above the technical aspects of marketing.

Here we are latching onto a lifestyle image and lifting a product from its dreary particulars.

The Salinas, Calif.-based grower-shipper a couple of years ago cross-promoted itself with the Julia Roberts movie “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Some 10 million heads of Foxy iceberg lettuce carried a $5 rebate offer on the movie DVD over a seven-week period. Consumers who bought two heads of lettuce and the DVD got $5 by mailing proofs of purchase.

This sponsorship differs in a couple of ways.

One, instead of heads of iceberg lettuce The Nunes Co. is promoting its Foxy-brand organic products. Second, this promotion could have some staying power.

“One of the things we really like about this program is it’s not a one-off. It’s something that will last all of 2013,” said Matt Seeley, vice president of marketing for The Nunes Co.

While there are many cooking shows to consider sponsoring, this one seems a better fit for Foxy organic products, Seeley said.

The consumers who likely would be drawn to Foxy organic lettuce and vegetables generally have higher incomes and have attained higher levels of education than other consumers groups. That lines up particularly well with the cooking-enthusiast viewers of the no-nonsense, educational “America’s Test Kitchen.”


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