Heinz pokes fun at itself by making pasta sauce 150 years after entering the market

Heinz pokes fun at itself by making pasta sauce 150 years after entering the market

Created by Wunderman Thompson Spain, the campaign pokes fun at the brand for launching a new range of pasta sauces in the UK, 150 years late.

Heinz, a world leader in tomato products and sauces, has launched a new range of pasta sauces, 150 years since they first entered the market.

The campaign, devised by Wunderman Thompson Spain, launched with a full-page ad in The Guardian, apologising to the British public and Heinz’ founder, Henry Heinz, for not creating the pasta sauce they deserve – until now. 

In the long form copy they explain how they’ve created “probably the best pasta sauce you’ve ever tasted”, promising consumers that it was worth the wait, “because nothing so ridiculously good, has come so ridiculously late”.

Paco Badia, executive creative director at Wunderman Thompson Spain, explains:“Consumers love it when a brand like Heinz has the ability to laugh at itself. Before now, the brand had never released a range of pasta sauces in the UK, despite the fact that spaghetti bolognese is one of the most popular dishes in the world and the third most-consumed dish in the UK. It was the perfect excuse for us to play up the brand’s tomato credentials with the launch, including how they produce their own tomato seeds, in the most Heinz-way possible, with a subtle and intelligent sense of humour.”

The campaign is the result of a partnership between Wunderman Thompson and Heinz, with the agency involved in the conceptualisation of the product range from the very beginning, from the packaging design to defining the entire launch strategy.

Jose Maria Piera, chief client officer at Wunderman Thompson adds: “It’s a great source of satisfaction to be trusted by a brand like Heinz, who is a world leader in their products. Their ambition and courage have been evident throughout the process, and it’s a joy to work with a client who has such a brave outlook on advertising in such a competitive market. We’re grateful to the Heinz team for their trust in creativity ‘made in Spain’, and are proud to be exporting our creativity to one of the greatest markets for advertising in the world. We hope it’s a source of inspiration for our industry peers, as an example of our Spanish creativity can transcend borders to be showcased on the world stage.”

The campaign is supported by digital, social media, and out-of-home assets, including a billboard in Leicester Square which features the seven sauces in the range and copy that says: “150 years late. 7 ways to apologise”. OOH assets have been produced by Kiwi Visuals with animations by Gimmewings. The campaign also includes 30” TVCs and 20” videos focusing on the products, which were produced by Oxígeno Productions, directed by Jorge Palomar Stasny and featuring animation by Gimmewings Studio. Media planning and buying was handled by Carat UK.


Heinz New Ventures Head of Adjacencies: Alexandra Bayet
Heinz New Ventures Director: Caio Fontanele
Creative Agency: Wunderman Thompson Spain
Chief Client Officer: José Maria Piera
Chief Creative Officer: David Caballero
Executive Creative Directors: Pipo Virgós and Paco Badia
Creative Director: Gloria Hernandez
Art Directors: Monica Casamor, Carlos Galán and Sergi Boixadera
Copywriters: Estel Ladra and Albert Xifra
Strategic Planner: Ana Alonso
Head of Production: Susanna Bergés
Account Directors: Natalia Gasulla and Alexandra Garrote
Account Executive: Bet Cunillera
Production Company: Oxígeno
Producer: Claudia Baurier
Director: Jorge Palomares Stasny
DOP: Daniel Robles

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