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Tilda's Colourful Campaign Puts Rice Centre Stage

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Havas London and Merman director Guy Manwaring kick off the latest campaign

Tilda's Colourful Campaign Puts Rice Centre Stage

Leading British rice brand Tilda has unveiled a new advertising campaign for its steamed rice range – the start of a seven-figure marketing investment into a range which will represent the brand’s focus across 2021.

Elevate Your Plate – the first major above-the-line campaign for the product range – positions Tilda Steamed rice as an integral part to so many much-loved dishes from around the world – not something made to merely sit on the side.

Devised by creative agency Havas London, it highlights that the range – available in more than 20 different flavours – always delivers the right rice for the right dish, enabling people to explore a multitude of culinary cultures whenever and however they’d like.

This idea is brought to life through a lively new TV spot directed by Guy Manwaring through Merman. Opening with the line ‘I can make everything nice with Tilda steamed rice’, it sees an amateur (but enthusiastic) home cook grow in confidence and ambition as he crafts an array of dishes of increasing complexity – from halloumi wraps and bibimbap to leftover Thai in a stir-fry; dinner for one to a banquet for everyone – all with rice at their heart.

It was created by Rosie Bird Smith and creatively directed by Dave Mygind at Havas. Planning and buying has been handled by media agency Goodstuff. The £1M campaign will run across TV and video on demand from today launching at prime time on Channel 4 in Devon & Cornwall. This will be the biggest investment Tilda have made in advertising to date. The campaign will be further supported by digital executions and a social campaign from fellow Havas agency, Cake, rounding off the new campaign for the much-loved brand, which is purchased by at least a quarter of all UK households.

Anna Beheshti, head of marketing at Tilda says: “As well as raising consideration versus own-label and competitor brands, we wanted to champion our premium quality Tilda rice itself as so much more than a side. With people eating at home more than ever before, we know it can be hard to find the inspiration – or the time – to cook delicious meals day in, day out. Luckily, Tilda’s tasty 20-plus varieties – including Japanese Teriyaki, Peri Peri, and Coconut Basmati – make it easy, whatever dish of the world you fancy.”

Dave Mygind, creative director at Havas London adds: “Tilda’s steamed rice makes it so easy to take your midweek dinner from meh to magnificent, so we wanted to celebrate the taste, variety and potential of the mighty grain in all its glory. With cooking just about the most fun we’re legally allowed to have during recurring lockdowns, we think it’s important to do it with a healthy dose of energy, colour and excitement.”

Harry Moss, group planning director at Goodstuff adds: "With the nation getting back into their kitchens, it’s a great opportunity to elevate Tilda's delicious and diverse range of products. Showing consumers that rice doesn’t just have to be rice. This campaign marks Tilda's biggest investment in media, so we’re excited to see this new creative make a big impact on our screens.” 

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Client: Anna Beheshti (Tilda, Head of Marketing), Magdalena Bogusz (Tilda, Marketing Manager)


Creative Agency: Havas London

CCO: Vicki Maguire

Creative Director: Dave Mygind

Creative: Rosie May Bird Smith

Account Manager: Lily Barber

Account Director: Alexandra Webb

Business Director: Kate Woodruff

Agency Producer: Adrianne Godfrey

Head of Production: Patrick Cahill

Strategist: Kerrie Boyes

Media Agency: GoodStuff


Production Company: Merman

Executive Producer: Spencer Dodd

Producer: Amy Appleton

Director: Guy Manwaring

DoP: Alex Barber

Editor: Mark Edinoff at Work Editorial

Title Designer: Josh Toogood

Colourist: Toby Tomkins at Cheat

Lead Flame Artist: Phil Oldham     

Flame/Nuke team: Carl Godwin Alvarez & Lucas Warren   

Post Production                

Post-production: Absolute Post

Post Producer: Jenna Le Noury

Post Production Assistant: Ava Millard

Sound Designer: Mark Hills at Factory

Genres: People, Dialogue

Categories: Food, Rice, Pasta and Noodles

Havas UK, Mon, 18 Jan 2021 10:11:10 GMT