CHIVAS BROTHERS APPOINTS M&C SAATCHI AS BALLANTINE’S GLOBAL ADVERTISING AGENCY – Scotch Whisky News
CHIVAS BROTHERS APPOINTS M&C SAATCHI AS BALLANTINE’S GLOBAL ADVERTISING AGENCY
Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, has announced the appointment of M&C Saatchi as the new global advertising agency for Ballantine’s, the world’s No. 2 Scotch whisky.
The award-winning agency has been appointed following a four-month review process and is tasked with asserting Ballantine’s position as one of the most dynamic and brave whisky brands in the world to its global audience. New activations will have a particular focus on Spain, France, Russia, Poland, Latin America, China and Korea.
M&C Saatchi’s central Ballantine’s account team will be based in London with local teams in place in key markets. The agency will take over the Ballantine’s account from incumbent agency, Publicis, who will continue to work with Chivas Brothers on integrated marketing campaigns for Beefeater Gin and The Glenlivet.
Eric Benoist, International Marketing Director for Chivas Brothers commented ‘Throughout the review process, M&C Saatchi impressed us with their excellent understanding and appreciation of Ballantine’s. They demonstrated considered, strategic thinking, an insightful and original approach to creative work and they also showed great passion and commitment to working with us. We are looking forward to partnering with M&C Saatchi and building an ambitious future for Ballantine’s.”
A brand renowned for its dynamic and engaging marketing initiatives such as ‘Leave an Impression’, Ballantine’s is the No. 1 whisky in Europe, and the world’s No. 2 Scotch whisky by volume, selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide.
Ballantine’s is the No 1 ultra-premium whisky in Asia Pacific and the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe, selling more than 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 80 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the iconic 30 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits. Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.
In July 2010 Chivas Brothers launched The Age Matters campaign to help consumers understand the importance of Scotch whisky age statements.