Pitch update

The nightmare before Christmas has begun. Agencies competing for Kerrygold, including the incumbent, WCRS, were briefed this week, with pitches due just before Christmas. Mattessons, the Kerry Foods meat brand, is also planning presentations from agencies - including the incumbent, Quiet Storm, McCann London and Saatchi & Saatchi - for the same time. On a brighter note, the Carnival Cruises pre-Christmas pitch will be in Miami, which should take the edge off.

There is a slight change to the Eurostar pitchlist printed in last week's issue.

Fred & Farid is presenting with Brothers and Sisters, while Leg is teaming up with Euro RSCG. With presentations expected in January, it looks like those agencies, along with the other shortlisted shops, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, CHI & Partners and M&C Saatchi, will also face a very busy festive period.

Ad agencies are waiting to hear who has won the Lufthansa global review. BBDO, Scholz & Friends, Serviceplan Group and Kolle Rebbe pitched against the incumbent, McCann Erickson Berlin.

E.ON's DM pitches took place last week. Word is that the energy company met with three agencies, with a result expected before the end of the year.

Media agencies will finally present to Penguin, the book company, next week. The publisher first sounded agencies out in May, so it has been a long time coming.