Marketing Baby Carrots as Junk Food

Marketing campaign for Baby Carrots as Junk Food

I just read a post on Marketing Daily about a new marketing campaign the carrot farmers are getting ready to launch (read the post here). The campaign promotes baby carrots with the tag line “Eat ‘Em Like Junk Food” and a theme of mocking the chip ads from the major snack companies. Whereas chip companies market their snacks as extreme – you know, extreme cheese, extreme hot and spicy and extreme red and orange- baby carrots have extreme crunch and extreme orange. I mean, how much more orange can you get than a carrot?

I think this is a great marketing strategy, and the irony of positioning baby carrots as competition for junk food at the same time snack companies add “no trans fat” badges to their packaging is pure genius. The campaign includes TV spots, outdoor advertising and online and social media.

According to the post, the campaign launches September 13th in Syracuse and Cincinnati. We won’t see it in Atlanta until after that, but I look forward to when we see it. Who knows, maybe the orange juice people will follow suit? It’s pretty orange too, you know.

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