Lance Armstrong tapped as new Michelob Ultra spokesman
ST. LOUIS Michelob Ultra announced that seven-time Tour de France winner and cycling icon Lance Armstrong has signed a three-year agreement to become the brand’s new spokesman and ambassador.
“Lance Armstrong is an ideal ambassador for this brand and we are honored to have him represent Michelob ULTRA,” said Keith Levy, VP marketing at Anheuser-Busch. “Having dominated a sport that requires such a physical commitment, Lance is the perfect athlete to connect with adult beer drinkers who lead active lifestyles.”
As part of the agreement, Armstrong will appear in a new Michelob Ultra television commercial titled “Little Bumps,” and he will make a cameo appearance in a second ad titled “Escalator,” both which are scheduled to air in 2010. Michelob Ultra will also use Armstrong’s likeness on print, outdoor advertising, digital marketing programs, product packaging and point-of-sale.
Michelob Ultra has been a strong supporter of the sport of cycling since 2004. As part of its Race to the Ultra series, the brand sponsors more than 40 major running and cycling events annually across the country.
Since its launch in 2002, Michelob Ultra has continued to grow in popularity and is enjoyed by adult consumers living an active lifestyle and those looking for a great-tasting beer with lower carbohydrates and fewer calories. Michelob Ultra has only 95 calories and 2.6g carbohydrates, 0.6g protein and 0.0g fat, per 12-ounce bottle.
Nutrisystem to hit Walmart shelves
HORSHAM, Pa. A leading provider of weight management programs and services has inked a deal with the largest mass retailer in the United States.
Nurtisystem has aligned with Walmart to offer customers the convenience of a Nutrisystem 14-Day Starter Program for the first time in the retail channel.
The Nutrisystem 14-Day Starter Program will start rolling out nationwide at over 3,200 Walmart locations the first week of October, and will be available on Walmart.com.
“Our alliance with Walmart is an extension of our goal to consistently offer consumers a convenient, affordable and effective weight loss option,” said Will Auchincloss, SVP business development at Nutrisystem. “Walmart provides us with a new and valuable distribution channel to broaden our customer base and build awareness of our product at the retail level.”
Walmart customers will find the Nutrisystem weight loss Starter Program in the pharmacy area of their local store and online at Walmart.com. Nutrisystem Starter Program consists of 14 days of the Nutrisystem favorites menu, free shipping, access to 24/7 weight loss counseling, and free membership in Nutrisystem’s robust online community for $148.
V8, PBH team up to address the ‘vegetable gap’
CAMDEN, N.J. Campbell Soup Co., the maker of V8 juice, is teaming up with Produce for Better Health Foundation to help teach people about great-tasting and simple ways to get more vegetables in their diet every day.
Addressing this “vegetable gap” is the mission of PBH, which partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help educate people about the importance of eating vegetables and fruit through its “More Matters” campaign.
“Vegetables come in all shapes and sizes – what’s important is to find the ones you enjoy because you are likely to eat more of them and develop long-term, healthy eating habits,” said Elizabeth Pivonka, PhD, RD, president of produce for Better Health Foundation. “Taking small steps such as including 100% vegetable juice throughout your daily routine can add up to big changes in your overall diet and, ultimately, total health. What’s great about V8 juice is that there are so many options to choose from to meet a variety of tastes and hectic lifestyles.”
A primary goal for PBH for its “More Matters” campaign is to remind people that all forms of vegetables and fruit count toward meeting the government recommendation. Through this initiative, PBH helps spread the word to schools, supermarkets and health professionals with everything from tips to recipes.
To further encourage people to get their vegetables, the makers of V8 products are launching a new ad campaign to reinforce how all forms of vegetables “count.” The ads include a “vegetable counter” that appears over the heads of men and women, showing how drinking V8 100% vegetable juice helps them get closer to those all-important five servings. In fact, one 12-ounce bottle of V8 100% vegetable juice provides three of the recommended five daily servings.