Pitch Update

UPS, the global parcel company, has assembled one of the longest pitchlists in recent memory as agencies line up to contest its global creative business.

In a process managed by the AAR, UPS will take its pick from Arnold, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Euro RSCG, JWT, Ogilvy Advertising, TBWA, Young & Rubicam, and a combination of The Martin Agency backed by DraftFCB.

Meanwhile, Allianz, the insurance giant, held pitches this week in Germany for its international advertising business, also through the AAR (which is keeping itself busy in these recessionary times). BBDO, DDB, Grey and Young & Rubicam are busy recovering from that one.

On the home front, Go-Ahead Group, which operates several train routes, has invited Doner Cardwell Hawkins, Krow, The Red Brick Road and VCCP to contest the business. The review is also through - you guessed it - the AAR.

The Scottish soup-maker Baxters has told pitching agencies that they will pitch on 10 August. However, there has been no indication as to what will happen after that. It is thought, however, that only London agencies will be taking part.

The Department of Health and the Department for Children Schools and Families have shortlisted M&C Saatchi, VCCP, Leo Burnett and Delaney Lund Knox Warren to pitch for their sexual health brief, covering teen pregnancy, sexual health and contraception for young people.

And Age UK, the charity created by the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern, has selected Elvis in partnership with Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw and Karmarama to pitch for its creative account.

The global Vodafone media review, meanwhile, is looking like it's going to be a swift process. The pitch, which could see the telecoms giant consolidate its global account for the first time, is due to take place at the end of July. And the process is expected to be tied up quickly, which should be welcome news for the pitching agencies including OMD, which has the bulk of the European business, and Carat, which won the UK account in January.