Hotline: 1800 102 2007
X
Search Business Opportunities
Startup 2015-06-08

Nestle replaces Maggi ads with other commercials, loses around Rs 10 crore

Nestle India stands to lose advertising inventory of about Rs 10 crore due to Maggi recall despite its move to air commercials of Nescafe or KitKat in all advertisement slots booked for the instant noodles brand, broadcasters and media planners say.

By edit@franchiseindia.net
Nestle replaces Maggi ads with other commercials, loses around Rs 10 crore

Leading food group Nestle India stands to lose advertising inventory of about Rs 10 crore due to Maggi recall despite its move to air commercials of Nescafe or KitKat in all advertisement slots booked for the instant noodles brand, broadcasters and media planners say. "The channels have been told to subtly replace Maggi ads with Nescafe and KitKat commercials," a senior media planner said. "But despite this attempt to recover as much inventory possible, Nestle will have to let go of advertising inventory worth Rs 8-10 crore," the person said on the condition of anonymity. On Saturday, Nestle notified broadcasters and other media houses in India to stop publishing Maggi ads from Sunday. While the Swiss company has stopped digital advertising for the brand as well, it is using various social media platforms liberally to sell its side of the story to Indian consumers. A Nestle India spokesperson said that while the firm has taken action to stop Maggi ads, "you may see a few since changing the programming pipeline could take a little longer". Nestle is one of the biggest advertisers in India, spending over Rs 400 crore on advertising a year. Its ad spend on Maggi brand alone is estimated at over Rs 150 crore, according to industry insiders. Publicis Worldwide is Maggi's creative agency, while Zenith-Optimedia handles the brand's media buying and selling activities. The digital mandate of Maggi is handled by GroupM's Maxus. Sources in these agencies said that Nestle stopped airing Maggi Oat Masala noodle commercial featuring actor Madhuri Dixit right after the scandal broke. In February, Maggi had launched a campaign, 'Khushiyon Ki Recipe', which was on air till Saturday despite Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) dismissal of Nestle's defence about the brand embroiled in controversy over excessive lead content and mislabelling on MSG. Nestle has now instructed channels to take these commercials off air. Meanwhile, Ahmedabadbased Consumer Education Research Centre (CERC) is contemplating legal action to push Nestle to do corrective advertising across print and television space. "Considering Nestle advertisements have been misleading the consumers, they ought to engage in corrective advertising to tell the consumer in as many words about what is factually correct," said Pritee Shah, chief general manager at CERC and a member of an inter-ministerial monitoring committee for misleading advertisements under the ministry of consumer affairs. G Gurucharan, additional secretary (consumer affairs), too, had recently stated that Nestle could be asked to put out corrective advertisements. Shah said that considering Nestle has been misleading the consumer about the health aspect of Maggi, it should redo its commercials. In addition to lead and MSG, the firm needs to clarify that one helping of Maggi is not equivalent to three chapatis as claimed by one of its ads, he said.

Comment
Related opportunities
  • Designer Wear
    About : Started in 2014, H&S sources its fabric from Italian..
    Locations looking for expansion Maharashtra
    Establishment year 2014
    Franchising Launch Date 2017
    Investment size Rs. 50lac - 1 Cr.
    Space required 1000
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater Mumbai Maharashtra
  • Quick Service Restaurants
    About: Slanz Café offers a value proposition for the end customer,..
    Locations looking for expansion Karnataka
    Establishment year 2013
    Franchising Launch Date 2018
    Investment size Rs. 10lac - 20lac
    Space required 700
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater Bangalore Karnataka
  • Precious Jewellery
    About Us: Established in 2012, Jewels Box Gold & Diamonds is..
    Locations looking for expansion Delhi
    Establishment year 2012
    Franchising Launch Date 2018
    Investment size Rs. 1 Cr. - 2 Cr
    Space required 600
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater New delhi Delhi
  • Ice creams & Yogurt Parlors
    About: Berrylicious is a fast growing chain of ice cream parlors..
    Locations looking for expansion Karnataka
    Establishment year 2017
    Franchising Launch Date 2017
    Investment size Rs. 20lac - 30lac
    Space required 100
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit, Multiunit
    Headquater Bangalore Urban District Karnataka
Insta-Subscribe to
The Franchising World
Magazine
For hassle free instant subscription, just give your number and email id and our customer care agent will get in touch with you
OR Click here to Subscribe Online
Daily Updates
Submit your email address to receive the latest updates on news & host of opportunities
More Stories

Free Advice - Ask Our Experts