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Arla brings bold bursts of yellow to a town called compromise in new TV ad for Arla "Best of Both" milk

Press Release   •   Feb 08, 2016 09:00 GMT

Arla, the UK’s largest dairy company, has unveiled a colourful new TV ad as part of a £7m campaign to launch Arla Best of Both (BOB): the UK’s first fat-free[1] skimmed milk that tastes as good as semi-skimmed. BOB is packaged with a distinctive yellow top that sets it apart from the traditionally blue, green and red-topped milk aisle.

Watch the ad now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpbGbYOJtZw&feature=youtu.be

‘Welcome to Compromise’ will air on 8th February with a 30 second TVC set in a town called Compromise. The ad is a tongue in cheek celebration of what it means to bring a “Best of Both” promise to milk drinkers who currently compromise with their milk choices. The story revolves around the inhabitants of the town who have been living in a joyless world of restraint until their lives are changed forever from the day of BOB’s unexpected arrival.

The unexpected parcel brings bold splashes of yellow to the town. Neatly packed into the cold ice boxes are rows of BOB, which goes against everything the town has ever known. Word spreads as taste, texture and colour energises glasses of milk, cups of tea and bowls of muesli across the town of Compromise. A transformation takes place. With people everywhere now wearing yellow outfits, Compromise has indeed gone yellow doolally.

Sarah Baldwin, Vice President, Marketing, Arla Foods UK, comments: “According to our research, 49% of semi-skimmed buyers say they would buy skimmed but don’t like the texture and 33% would buy skimmed but don’t like the taste[2]. Our new ad celebrates the fact that we’re bringing a completely new “Best of Both” promise to milk drinkers: compromise in the milk aisle is a thing of the past.”

The Arla TV ad is part of a £7 million integrated marketing campaign designed to announce the product with bursts of yellow across all consumer touch points. Featuring, shopper, outdoor 48 sheets, six sheets, press, digital and social media plus sampling and PR, the campaign will help build awareness and drive product trial.

The launch is part of Arla’s drive to support its farmer owners and become a leading household brand by adding value to its milk, through the development of innovative products, with a focus on the inherent naturalness of dairy. It follows on from the successful launch of Arla Protein, Arla Skyr and Arla Big Milk last year. Through 2016, it will also unveil further innovative products as well as range extensions across the dairy portfolio.

Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year, Arla continues to be one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to the top retailers. Arla BOB will sit under the Arla master brand alongside Cravendale®, Lactofree® and Anchor®.

About Arla BOB

Arla BOB is a new, yellow-top skimmed milk that tastes as good as semi-skimmed. The naturally occurring protein in milk is collected and carefully added back into skimmed milk. Free from artificial ingredients and additives, it’s this extra protein, which makes Arla BOB taste so good. The full range includes a 2-litre variant (rsp: £1.50) and a 1-litre variant (rsp: £1).

About the new TV ad

The ad opens on a neat but dull row of identikit houses. A dull looking man in a bathrobe stands by his garden gate with a cup of tea. He collects his newspaper, ‘The Compromised Times,’ and a bottle of red-top milk. He takes a resigned sip of tea and the camera moves round to reveal his street, where neat but dull is the order of the day.

Then came the unexpected parcel, bringing bold splashes of yellow to the town. Neatly packed into the cold icy boxes are rows of BOB. Word spreads as taste, texture and colour energise glasses of milk, cups of tea and bowls of muesli across the town of Compromise.

A transformation takes place. With people everywhere now wearing yellow outfits, Compromise has indeed gone yellow. The spot concludes: “Arla Best of Both. The taste of semi. With the low fat of skimmed.”

[1]Arla Panel research, September 2015

[2]Arla Panel research, September 2015

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,700 dairy farmers with circa 3,000 of whom are British. 

Dating back to 1881, Arla’s purpose is to secure the highest value for its farmers’ milk, while creating opportunities for their growth. With production facilities in 11 countries and sales offices in a further 30, Arla is the world’s fifth largest dairy company and largest supplier of organic dairy products.  Arla has a total of more than 18,000 colleagues and its products are sold under the well-known brands Arla®, Lurpak® and Castello® in more than 100 countries.

Arla Foods UK is the largest dairy company in the country and is home to leading dairy brands Anchor, Cravendale, and Lactofree. It has a turnover of £2.3 billion. As well as being number one in fresh liquid milk, butter, spreads and cream, Arla is the UK’s largest cheese manufacturer. It has also built the world’s largest fresh milk facility located at Aylesbury and has plans for it to be the first zero carbon site of its kind. The UK business has a team of approximately 3,500 colleagues located at its dairies, distribution centres and head office.