Birds Eye owner Iglo Group shakes up comms roster

By John Owens, prweek.com, Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:17AM

Europe's biggest frozen food group is overhauling its comms as the sector fights to boost its credibility in the UK.

Perceptions: Birds Eye was involved in a quality campaign last year

Perceptions: Birds Eye was involved in a quality campaign last year

Private equity-owned Iglo Group has worked with Freud Communications on a lucrative brief covering both consumer and corporate for six years.

But the owner of Birds Eye has now shifted its Europe-wide corporate work to incumbent financial agency Pelham Bell Pottinger and embarked on a consolidation of other PR activities.

The consolidated consumer, b2b and social media work for Birds Eye in the UK could be worth up to £500,000, according to agency sources with knowledge of the brief.

Apart from Freuds, which will be considered for the brief despite not formally pitching, Birds Eye’s other UK incumbents are Mercieca for b2b and Glue Isobar for social media.

PRWeek understands that Creativebrief is handling the pitch process.

Maria Darby-Walker, corporate affairs and PR director for Iglo Group, said that the consolidation of the work was aimed at increasing efficiency ‘and better reflecting how we work internally’.

She added: ‘The UK has a certain perception about frozen foods which is not the same on the continent. One of our aims is to change perceptions and surprise people about what they can get from the sector.’

Birds Eye was one of the frozen brands involved in a Food and Drink Federation campaign on quality and taste last year.

Iglo’s shake-up coincides with the departure of its CEO Martin Glenn, who said he was leaving due to ‘battle fatigue’. During his tenure, Iglo saw a rise in turnover from around €1bn (£856m) in 2006 to about €1.6bn (£1.37bn) in the last financial year.

Pelham Bell Pottinger was given the financial brief by Iglo Group in 2011.

Owner Permira called off a sale of Iglo last year as its valuation was not met.

The Iglo Group

Jan 2013 CEO Martin Glenn announces he will step down, saying failed sale of the group and refinancing provided a ‘natural watershed’

Oct 2012 Permira refinances the group’s £1.4bn debt

June 2012 Efforts to sell the group for £2.25bn fail after a deal with Blackstone Group and BC Partners falls through

2006 Sold by Unilever to Permira for £1.36bn

This article was first published on prweek.com

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