Pitch update: Heinz, Kayak, Suntory and Royal Mail

Heinz: no Omnicom agencies will take part in the pitch for the brand’s European creative account
Heinz: no Omnicom agencies will take part in the pitch for the brand’s European creative account

No Omnicom agencies will take part in the pitch for Heinz’s European creative account following an edict from on high. Omnicom has a rule about extensive payment terms and Heinz asks suppliers to wait up to 97 days for their money. The rule is not always applied – Omnicom even holds Heinz’s media account – but it is being adhered to in this instance. Haystack, which is handling the review, has received RFIs and narrowed down a longlist earlier this week.

VCCP must be feeling a little nonplussed about the news of Kayak’s search for a UK agency. VCCP Berlin was appointed by the brand to handle its European advertising earlier this year after a competitive pitch, and it was thought that this remit would include the UK. But after some internal shuffling within the company’s marketing department, another review has been deemed necessary.

Havas, MediaCom, Vizeum and ZenithOptimedia have made the shortlist for Suntory Beverage & Food’s €100 million European media review. MediaCom is the incumbent on the £25 million UK account, while the €30 million French media business is handled by KK Media.

The pitches in Royal Mail’s search for an agency to create a brand campaign to get people to reappraise its services are understood to have taken place this week. M&C Saatchi, Mother and Publicis London are believed to be in the running.

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