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The Distillery Project Helps Retailer Meijer Reinvent the ‘Perfect Thanksgiving’ for 2021

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The Distillery Project captures the pleasures of the holiday season after a tumultuous 2020

The Distillery Project Helps Retailer Meijer Reinvent the ‘Perfect Thanksgiving’ for 2021

Full-service ad agency The Distillery Project (TDP) has created a Thanksgiving brand campaign for retailer Meijer that hits just the right notes for the almost-post-Covid crowd. ‘Perfect Thanksgiving’ runs on network and cable TV throughout the Midwest beginning this week.

Meijer asked the agency to imbue its seasonal creative with fresh insights since Americans’ holiday plans are expected to be radically different for 2021.

The 60-second spot opens with individuals looking into the camera and saying what they’re grateful for. The twist: It’s not their loved ones or their health—it’s cynical-sounding stuff like being stuck in holiday traffic and ‘getting’ to prep a mountain of toasted breadcrumbs for the stuffing. The camera pulls back to show their predicaments. Several people at the holiday table give thanks for cringeworthy, yet relatable, holiday horrors. 

These moments of gratitude sound a lot like sarcasm—and maybe they’re intended to be at first. But as the festivities get under way, the gathered masses turn into the people of Whoville, who cherish their holiday. Everyone at the table is interacting and it’s as if these pet peeves have become lovable quirks—perhaps they’ve even missed them after 2020, the year with no human contact. The simple pleasures and even the usual holiday annoyances such as lumpy gravy are a welcome gift after they’ve experienced grief and separation.

The work also promotes Meijer’s hunger relief program, Simply Give, which has helped local food pantries keep their shelves stocked since November 2008 and generated more than $65 million thanks to Meijer customers, team members and food pantries. “We’re more thankful than ever for our families,” the spot tags. “This year, Meijer’s Simply Give program will contribute up to 10 million meals to help feed families in need.”

“Family life has never been perfect, but after so many of us were unable to gather together last year, we have a heightened appreciation for our families—warts and all,” said John Condon, TDP’s chief creative officer and copywriter on the spot. “And as we gather ourselves for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, Meijer remembers those less fortunate with a special commitment to their Simply Give program to combat food insecurity in the communities where they work and live.”

In addition to the TV ads (one :60, one :30, and four :06 executions on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, and cable channels), the 2021 campaign includes streaming video and social media (Facebook, Instagram).

Amid growing concerns about the supply and price of turkeys this year, Meijer is hanging its hat on value and well-stocked birds. Customers can purchase Meijer brand frozen turkeys for 33 cents per pound through Nov. 27th.

Meijer operates more than 258 supercentres and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. TDP has been its AOR for eight years.

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Agency

Agency: The Distillery Project

CCO/Copywriter: John Condon

CSO: Ben Kline

Head of Operations/Partner: Kim Tanner

Head of Production/Partner: Nik Traxler

Creative Director: Kristi Neitzel and Phil Jungmann

Art Director: Chris Pollock

Producer: Brenda Cortés

Business Affairs Manager: Bonnie Kalaf

Production

Production Studio: Smuggler

Director: Jamie Rafn

Executive Producer: Drew Santarsiero

Producer: Catalina Restrepo

Director of Photography: Justin Gurnari

Production Designer: Ben Bolton

Edit

Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors

Editor: Adam Pertofsky

Assistant Editor: Erin McCaffrey

Producer: Janae Abraham

Head of Production: Dre Krichevsky

Executive Producer: Shada Shariatzdeh

Post Production

Post Production: a52

Head of Production: Stacy Kessler-Aungst

Executive Producers: Patrick Nugent & Kim Christensen

Managing Director: Jennifer Sofio Hall

Producer: Maura Murphy

VFX Supervisor: Andres Barrios, Stefan Gaillot

Flame Artists: Chris Riley, Michael Vaglienty

Colour

Color Co.: Primary

Producer: Diane Valera

Colorist: Greg Reese / Primary

Music

Music: JSM

CEO/CCO/Co-Composer: Joel Simon

VP/Executive Producer: Jeff Fiorello

Co-Composer: Vlad Berkhemer

Producer: Norm Felker

Producer: Andrew Manning

Producer: Sharon Cha

Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Retail Stores

The Distillery Project, Fri, 19 Nov 2021 10:32:59 GMT