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Zespri driving shoppers to stores with KiwiBrothers launch

Zespri’s animated brand characters, better known as the famous KiwiBrothers around the globe, have arrived in the U.S. to spread the Zespri kiwi obsession. As Zespri’s successful Taste the Obsession consumer campaign heads into its second season, the KiwiBrothers are in the mix and singing to life Zespri’s brand story of the passion and care that goes into delivering the world’s best kiwifruit.

“We are keeping the momentum of our consumer campaign with creative activations that incorporate our KiwiBrother characters,” said Jeanne Wilson, head of marketing North America. “Our KiwiBrothers have been a strong brand asset in 15 markets across the world and we are thrilled to introduce them to the U.S. market.”

The dynamic duo, Green and SunGold, will showcase their witty, humorous personalities as they spread the kiwi obsession across America. With strong appeal among Zespri’s target audience, this pair is a must-watch this summer.

“Our ad testing for our KiwiBrothers campaign videos showed very high engagement and persuasion, which is encouraging,” said Wilson. “Our consumers want to know more about how we grow for taste, that we just do kiwifruit and that we’re 100 percent grower-owned by past and current growers. The KiwiBrothers are here to tell this story. They’re quite proud of who they are and believe the whole world can benefit from the lessons they’ve learned on the orchards.”

The KiwiBrothers begin their U.S. journey through social media, connected TV, audio streaming and events. The brand characters will share their quality story through their rendition of the 80s pop hit song, “Kids in America” by Kim Wilde. The scroll-stopping music video will capture attention and drive shoppers to stores. Consumers will see their favorite duo performing the song in TikTok videos; during Spotify’s audio streaming and commercial breaks; on TV streaming platforms, including Hulu, Disney, Peacock, Paramount and YouTube; and through Facebook and Instagram posts.

Zespri will also engage consumers through brand promotions and events including the KiwiBrothers. “Sampling our kiwifruit is a great way for people to experience the superior flavor profile of our kiwifruit,” said Wilson. “According to our recent third party consumer study, consumers were two times more likely to consider buying Zespri kiwifruit versus other brands after tasting our kiwifruit. Our SunGold kiwifruit had a 40 percent higher likeness score versus other leading gold brands and our green kiwi had a 30 percent higher overall likeness score versus other leading green brands.”

Zespri will be spreading its kiwi obsession through partnerships at sporting events, races, meal kits and fitness expos. Along with sampling, consumers can enter for a chance to win a $500 grocery gift card or KiwiBrothers swag/giveaways (Stanley cups, pickleball paddles and more) at these events while supplies last.

Retailers are encouraged to prominently display Zespri kiwifruit so consumers can find their favorite green and SunGold kiwi varieties.

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