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Bisto Demonstrates the Powerful Role of the Roast in Keeping Friendships Strong in Emotive New Campaign

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London, UK
McCann London tells the touching through-the-ages story of two women’s friendship over the course of 30-years

Bisto returns to TV with the first new campaign since Spare Chair Sundays in 2015, with a heart-warming ad which celebrates the powerful role of the roast in keeping friendships nourished.

Created by McCann London, 'Sticking Together' tells the touching through-the-ages story of two women’s friendship over the course of 30-years and many shared roasts. From Sundays spent at each other’s houses, to student digs, to boyfriends, to break-ups, to finally having families of their own; the spot champions the humble Sunday roast as a timeless bonding ritual. The glue that keeps their friendship strong when everything else around them is changing.

Devised in-between lockdowns, this campaign was inspired by the 2020/2021 cultural narrative around friendships; the strain placed on them by lockdown, and the realization that we could all put more effort into them. The result is a potent and timely message as we enter the first roast season post-Covid: A well-nurtured friendship can bring so much richness to life; and inviting someone round for a roast is a real investment in it. 

The film was directed by Sweetshop’s Nicolas Jack Davies, the director behind last year’s ground-breaking Starbuck’s commercial “What’s Your Name”. Nick elegantly brought together the highs and lows of an ever growing and evolving friendship in his distinctly human and emotive style. The film ultimately reminds us of the good times that are had, when we come together around good food.

The 30-second TVC was created by McCann London and produced through Craft. Media was handled through Carat, with PR delivered through Cirkle.

The campaign is to promote Premier Foods’ brand, Bisto Best and marks the first time the brand has moved away from focusing primarily on families, in a bid to appeal to younger audiences and recruit a “new generation” of gravy buyers.

Savan Sabharwal, marketing controller for Bisto at Premier Foods said: “We’re extremely proud of the heritage Bisto carries and that it continues to bring people together over delicious, home cooked food. Our latest campaign helps us continue to strengthen our brand equity and top of mind awareness, whilst delivering relevancy and consideration of Bisto Best for a broader repertoire of meals, particularly among a new generation of gravy consumers. 

This beautiful creative was vital in achieving this and with Christmas this year set to be extra special, the ad is set to really resonate with our target audience. Given the challenges and restrictions of the last year, being together with our loved ones over the seasonal period will be more important than ever before. We know that comforting and familiar meals with gravy, and Bisto at the heart of, shared across generations to be very true to who we are as a nation, and consumers are emotionally connected to that idea.”  

James Crosby & Will Cottam, creative directors at McCann London said:  “After a year of us all keeping our distance, it’s now time to get back together again with friends.

And there’s no denying the power and gravitational pull that a Sunday roast has to make this happen. But of course, no roast will ever be complete without the Bisto gravy that holds it all together.”

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