Blog: Pomegreat told to keep a lid on it
Olly Wehring | 19 December 2006
Should Pomegreat be seen to have overstepped the advertising line by communicating its medicinal credentials in an advertorial piece?
The thriving UK new boy wrote that its pomegranate product could improve heart health, reduce the risk of strokes and slim the chances of prostate cancer. In response, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled late last week that it had made illegal medicinal claims.
Understandably, the ASA is keen to keep tested medicines on a different playing field to other products. But as food and drinks companies find answers to consumer concerns over health and obesity, the question is whether advertising standards should be so black and white.
With the emergence of natural, organic, and functional products, more leeway is needed for manufacturers to communicate the worth of such brands. Surely, this would also be consistent with the Governmental obsession with responsible advertising.
In the meantime, the Pomegreat example shows that less healthy drinks and alcohol are not the only subject of marketing clampdowns, the healthier end of the soft drinks spectrum has to be careful about over-zealous ads too.
Greetings from Zurich. Here as a guest of Heineken's Amstel brand, I'm due to sit down later today with the group's senior global director for international brands, Walter Drenth....
Drinks companies spend a lot of money on trying to predict trends. At last night's Worshipful Company of Distillers City debate, any strategists in the audience got a bit of forecasting for free....
I'll admit to being partial to an Aperol Spritz now and again, more usually in the summer months, sitting outside, shades on, slowly turning more golden/rusty....
Jim Cramer, the excitable host of stock-picker programme Mad Money on CNBC, turned his attention on US brewers last week, attempting to forecast which has the most potential for investors....
- The category today - Scotch Whisky I
- Protein interest offers drinks opportunities - NPD
- Boom time for soft drinks in West Europe?
- Patron's lesson for the broader spirits sector
- Today's Market Trends - Scotch Whisky II
- Analysts clash over AB InBev SAB Brexit impact
- Pernod switches Travel Retail Europe op's director
- AB InBev unveils Stella Artois three-packs
- Rum "yet to maximise" GTR potential - Bacardi
- Diageo names Javier Ferran as new chairman
- Global Scotch whisky insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global travel retail insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global RTD insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Keurig Green Mountain in Hot Drinks (World)
- Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends