Food & Drink (183)
Cartoon food for thought
A new Portuguese cartoon animation project aimed at giving healthy eating habits to children all over the world will hit the TV screens. The series’ heroes gain superpowers from eating vegetables and other healthy foods. It will launch alongside other merchandising such as a trading card game in Portugal, Brazil, Hungary, Poland and Israel. Its creators have established partnerships with the World Health Organization, the Portuguese Education and Health Ministries, and nutritionist associations in several countries.
Why it matters
With negotiations to show it in the UK, Italy and Mexico and an interest form Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” team, this project is a perfect example of pre-launch planning, clever use of business contacts and platforms for entertainment products. But most importantly, one of its USPs is its healthy eating mission which makes it an obvious parent pleaser. In fact, its website also has a section just for the them. If parents are the ones who spend money on children’s entertainment products, how can these be also aimed at them while providing a useful tool?
Soups and creams brand Knorr has created an open space where anybody can share gastronomic, cultural and ludic experiences. Knorr has joined forces with chefs, nutritionists and cultural entertainers. Among the activities there is cooking, nutrition and healthy shopping workshops. There are also guided visits to markets, exhibitions and product tastings. The Knorr House can be found in Madrid and Barcelona.
Austrian food retailer Billa have recently started offering child-sized versions of their regular products. They’ve also produced a child-specific communication channel in the form of a website and a magazine called ‘Bil + Lara’.