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Co-op Becomes the First Grocer Ever to Run a Live Christmas Ad



Ad from Lucky Generals will star TV personality Dermot O’Leary and TV chef and rapper Big Zuu

Co-op Becomes the First Grocer Ever to Run a Live Christmas Ad

This year’s Co-op Christmas ad will be a live two minute broadcast from a community fridge in Feltham. Running on 26 November [this evening] during Coronation Street, the ad will star TV personality, Dermot O’Leary and TV chef and rapper, Big Zuu.   

Instead of a traditional supermarket multi-million-pound TV commercial, this Christmas, Co-op will shed a light on the power of real communities and raising the issue of access to food. 

The campaign focuses on the Community Fridges project it has set up in partnership with Hubbub, a British charity committed to working with diverse communities, running campaigns and projects that tackle social as well as environmental issues. 

Each Community Fridge redistributes an average of 2.4 tonnes of food per month. Now, Co-op is committing to doubling Hubbub’s network to 500 by funding a further 250 fridges, which will save a total of 34 million meals from going to waste annually.

For consumers to really understand the amazing work of Co-op’s Community Fridges, Lucky Generals and ITN Productions, in a partnership brokered by dentsu agencies Carat UK and The Story Lab, will film a live 2 minute broadcast from the Feltham Community fridge within the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association Community Centre in Feltham.

There, TV personality Dermot O’Leary alongside TV chef and rapper Big Zuu will put the spotlight on that local community and how a fridge is bringing people together to eat, connect, learn new skills and reduce food waste.

This live broadcast will be supported by a 10 second TV ad that will be running throughout December. In these cut-downs, Big Zuu explains that every time someone shops at Co-op they’re supporting local projects, like Community Fridges. Beyond the live ad, Co-op will be advertising the delicious Christmas food that helps support Community Fridges every time it is bought. It will be live across TV ads, print, radio, OOH, digital and social. 

Ali Jones, customer and community director at Co-op, commented: “Christmas is a great time to shine a spotlight on the things that matter most to us. Given the past 18 months and the challenges which clearly lie ahead, we wanted to highlight the importance of community in a real, genuine and positive way.  Our unique live advert will remind people that whilst not everyone can enjoy the same Christmas this year,  by co-operating we can create a fairer world in the future.” 

Dermot O’Leary, TV presenter commented: “Everyone deserves food on their plate all year round not just this Christmas, so I'm pleased to give my support to this initiative. It’s been a horrendous 18 months for a lot of people. This shows the power of communities and what can be achieved when we all come together.”

Big Zuu, TV chef and rapper added: “Where I grew up, community was a way of life. People came together to support one another and for me, food is a mechanism for that not just at Christmas, but all year round.  It brings people together and ultimately when people come together good things can happen. I’m proud to be working with the Co-op to eradicate food waste and inspire local communities to come together and support each other.”

Danny Hunt, creative director at Lucky Generals, said: "I love a Christmas ad. But this year we're committing to putting 250 community fridges into the heart of communities. It felt like the right thing to do for a brand like Co-op but also the right thing to do as human beings. To convey such an important service we knew we needed to get out of the way and show what a great job the fridges do and what an amazing place a Community Fridge can be.”

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Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Supermarkets

Lucky Generals, Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:36:00 GMT