June 8, 2023
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3 Food and Beverage Marketing Mishaps And How To Avoid Them

"Learn from food and beverage marketing mishaps and navigate common pitfalls. Unlock secrets to crafting robust product claims, and leverage expert advice for seamless product launches."

GourmetPro Expert

Garrett Owen

Ryan is a highly skilled leader with extensive experience in multi-billion-dollar businesses on a global platform. With over ten years in the international arena.

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Imagine it: you’re a marketing executive in the food and beverage industry. Your company is launching a new product that has some serious potential to capture a huge slice of a competitive market. You’re the one in charge of making sure it makes a splash with consumers. You gotta pull out all the stops, right?

So, you knuckle down, brainstorm with the team, and together you conjure up a marketing masterpiece. A work of art that makes your product so irresistible to consumers it might as well be a direct line to their wallets.

Your campaign gets checked and approved! The product launches, with your work leading the promotional vanguard. Consumers start going bananas for your product. And then...

Your market’s FDA calls.

That campaign you came up with? The one all over social media, all over billboards, the one whose slogan is even on the product packaging? The claims it makes about the product don’t hold up.

Your company’s being fined. The ads, and even the products, have to be pulled from the market. And you’re getting pulled up in front of the CEO.

Sounds like a nightmare? But it happens all the time in the food and beverage industry.  It’s not intentional, and most of the time, brands have even done their due diligence when it comes to making claims about the products.

The fact is, making claims about the health and other benefits of your product is very complex. This is especially true when working on product claims and messaging for overseas markets.

So, complex? Yes. Avoiding mistakes, on the other hand? It’s actually very easy.

In this article, I’ll introduce three times F&B brands have gotten carried away with their product marketing. What’s more, I’ll explain the simple steps you can take to make sure your marketing and product claims always hit the mark, with consumers AND regulators.

Let’s dive in.

Marketing Mishap #1 - POM Wonderful: Overstating Claims

POM Wonderful, known for its 100% Pomegranate Juice and POMx supplements, claimed that these products prevented or treated heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. Despite boasting of extensive research, their claims were flagged as overstated by the FTC, leading to a lengthy legal battle. The claim might have been sincere, but the science backing it wasn't robust enough.

Marketing Mishap #2 - Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats: Overhyping Clinical Results

Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats made a claim that their cereal was clinically proven to improve kids’ attentiveness by nearly 20%. FTC’s investigation showed that the clinical study Kellogg relied on found only about 1 in 9 children showed improved attentiveness after eating the product. Exaggerating the results caused the FTC to restrict Kellogg from making similar claims without proper substantiation.

photo of frosted wheats which caused food and beverage marketing claim problems for cereal company
Regular Frosted Wheats (not mini) | Canva (2023)

Marketing Mishap #3 - Tropicana: Over-promising Health Benefits

Tropicana promoted its "Healthy Heart" orange juice with claims of it significantly affects blood pressure, cholesterol, and homocysteine levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Despite an earlier warning from the FTC, Tropicana repeated similar claims, which led to a settlement and restrictions on future health benefit claims.

Three huge brands, three big mistakes. These examples go to show even large F&B brands with big budgets and regulatory teams still make mistakes. Here’s how you can avoid similar faux pas in the future.

Three Techniques To Avoid Costly Food and Beverage Marketing Mistakes When Making Claims About Your Product

Technique #1 - Align with Robust Science

Ensure your product's health claims align with the existing scientific consensus. If your product offers health benefits, substantiate them with robust scientific studies. Properly communicate the study's results, and don't overstate the benefits.

Technique #2 - Understand and Comply with Regulatory Guidelines

Educate yourself about the regulatory standards and guidelines for food and beverage marketing in your target markets. Understanding the laws and regulations will help you design compliant and ethical marketing strategies.

Technique #3 - Get Expert Advice and De-risk

Engage with an expert who understands your F&B category or target market. They can advise on claim substantiation and help bulletproof your marketing claims against the regulatory backlash. An expert can guide you in creating compelling, yet compliant, claims about your product.

Do You Need Guidance Navigating Global F&B Regulations?

Let's face it, in the dynamic landscape of food and beverage marketing, keeping up with different regulatory frameworks for each market can be overwhelming. And with the stakes so high, the consequences of a misstep can be daunting.

That's where GourmetPro comes in.

As a leading global talent network, GourmetPro brings together pre-vetted experts who've honed their skills in the food and beverage industry for an average of 15 years. These seasoned professionals, who've worked for top companies worldwide, are ready to assist you in ensuring that your product claims are compliant and resonate across different markets.

Picture this: in 72 hours, you could be discussing your product with an expert, who not only understands the regulatory standards in your target markets but also knows how to craft compelling, compliant claims about your product. Your project could be off the ground within a month, and you'll unlock growth 7X faster compared to traditional hiring or working with consultants.

Avoid mishaps. Navigate the global food and beverage marketing landscape with confidence. Engage a GourmetPro expert today, and lead your product to the success it deserves.

Frequently Asked Questions For 3 Food and Beverage Marketing Misshaps

Q1. What are the 3 P's of food marketing?

The 3 P's of food marketing stand for Product, Place, and Promotion. 'Product' refers to what you're selling and its unique selling points. 'Place' denotes where and how your product is sold, whether it's online, in stores, or both. Finally, 'Promotion' encapsulates how you market your product, including advertising, public relations, social media, and more.

Q2. What is a food and beverage marketing strategy?

A food and beverage marketing strategy is a comprehensive plan of action to promote and sell your F&B products. It outlines your target audience, key messages, marketing channels, and tactics to reach consumers effectively. This strategy is essential in helping your product stand out in a competitive market and driving your business growth.

Q3. What is a food product claim?

A food product claim is a statement made by a manufacturer about the nutritional or health benefits of their product. These claims can be related to vitamins, minerals, caloric content, or even disease prevention. It's crucial that these claims are accurate and supported by scientific evidence to avoid legal complications and maintain consumer trust.


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