Leo Burnett beats Dorland to pounds 2m John West account

John West is set to return to television advertising after six years following the appointment of Leo Burnett to its pounds 2 million full-service account.

John West is set to return to television advertising after six

years following the appointment of Leo Burnett to its pounds 2 million

full-service account.



Burnetts won the canned-fish brand, which was bought by Heinz in the

summer, after a two-way pitch against Bates Dorland, which handles the

lion’s share of Heinz’s advertising. Bartle Bogle Hegarty, which handled

John West under its previous owner, Unilever, declined to pitch.



Burnetts’ sister agency in Paris, Bordelais Lemeunier, runs the

advertising for Heinz’s fish brands in France under the Petit Navire

banner. The appointment of Burnetts’ London office will help to

co-ordinate the brand across Europe, according to Ian Meadows, UK

seafood director at Heinz. The UK and France are the biggest seafood

markets for Heinz in Europe.



John West was a heavy TV advertiser in the 70s and 80s with the line:

’It’s the fish that John West rejects that makes John West the

best’.



No expenditure has been registered under the brand over the past year,

according to AC Nielsen Meal, but a campaign scheduled for next year is

expected to amount to pounds 2 million.



’In recent years (John West) has lacked the level of marketing support

it deserves. We’ve appointed Burnetts to help us formulate a

communications strategy which will drive the brand and the canned fish

category as a whole,’ Meadows said.



Nick Brien, chief executive of Burnetts, promised a ’truly’ creative

route for West.



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