NEWS: Delaney Fletcher and 20/20 scoop Hype drink brief

Delaney Fletcher Bozell and its media arm, 20/20 Media, has won the pounds 2 million above-the-line launch of Hype, a fruit-flavoured energy drink.

Delaney Fletcher Bozell and its media arm, 20/20 Media, has won the

pounds 2 million above-the-line launch of Hype, a fruit-flavoured energy

drink.



Currently, the drink has a limited distribution in a few fashionable

clubs, but Delaney Fletcher has now been briefed to turn Hype into a

mainstream brand and position it in a head-to-head contest with the

rival energy drink, Red Bull.



A campaign will roll out in the spring using posters and cinema, and

there is also talk of TV work. A European campaign is also likely over

the next two years.



Mark Lund, the chief executive and managing director of Delaney

Fletcher, said: ‘We think Hype could be the energy version of Irn-Bru

and a popular alternative to mainstream drinks.’



He added: ‘We have to make it rapidly famous and as much a part of the

drinks topography as those that have been around for much longer. The

makers are very keen to take it into Europe as soon as possible and the

fact that we have a network is very important.’



Hype is manufactured by Worldwide Beverages, a company half-owned by

Barry Cox, the former owner of the Hard Rock Cafe.



The Hype win represents the first piece of new business Delaney Fletcher

has won since Paul Cowan joined as client services director from Ogilvy

and Mather last month (Campaign, 22 November).



Cowan was the business director at O&M where one of his biggest accounts

was Lucozade, and his experience of the soft-drinks market was a major

factor in helping Delaney Fletcher win the business.



Commenting on the win, Cowan said: ‘I only started on Monday so it’s

nice to join bearing gifts.’