Kraft Begins Global Media Review for Mondelez Unit

Brands Now Under New Snacks Group Had Total $1.86 Billion in Ad Spend; Publicis' MediaVest Is Incumbent in North America

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Kraft Foods has launched an agency review for the global media planning and buying of its future snacks company, Mondelez International, which will split from the marketer's North American grocery brands effective Oct. 1. The review includes the U.S. business, covering huge brands such as Oreo and Trident.

"This is part of our journey towards becoming a global snacks powerhouse," a spokeswoman told Ad Age in an email. "Europe is the first region to start the process. We're still finalizing our plans for other regions."

How U.S. ad spending compares for top brands at Mondelez and Kraft Foods Group. ($ in thousands)
2011 2010
Kraft Foods Group
Kraft 95,266 149,736
Oscar Mayer 78,933 63,384
Crystal Light 37,694 46,287
Jell-O 37,395 69,452
Capri Sun 35,641 22 ,169
Lunchables 33,512 25,167
Philadelphia 33,392 30,287
Mio 27,434 NA
Kool-Aid 25,157 26,501
Maxwell House 24,865 38,444
Miracle Whip 22 ,488 6,820
Planters 17,353 26,122
TOTAL 469,130
Trident 53,235 61,900
Oreo 40,573 54,111
Ritz 29,269 35,403
Stride 22 ,729 30,410
Wheat Thins 18,483 19,366
Dentyne 16,383 25,580
Halls 12,045 22 ,487
Chips Ahoy 10,327 9,996
TOTAL 203,044

The review comes as the company is finalizing efforts to divide its business and birth two new companies with separate leadership teams.

Mondelez International will house brands such as Oreo, Cadbury and Trident. The other company, to be called Kraft Foods Group, will include mostly North American grocery brands, such as Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House and Planters.

Kraft announced the split last year in an attempt to bring more focus to its brands. Dana Anderson, Kraft Foods' senior VP-marketing strategy and communications, will join CEO Irene Rosenfeld and Chief Marketing Officer Mary Beth West in her role at Mondelez when the split is final.

Publicis Groupe 's MediaVest is currently handling media for all of the snack brands that will fall within Mondelez in North America. Earlier this year, Kraft Foods reassigned the media business for North American grocery brands to sister agency Starcom, in order to create a firewall between the two businesses that will now compete with each other.

That move was symbolic of Starcom MediaVest Group's historic approach to managing conflicts. For example, the company moved Mars Wrigley from MediaVest to Starcom when Kraft, a MediaVest client at the time, acquired Cadbury.

With regards to the media pitch, the Kraft spokeswoman told Ad Age that the company is looking for a "fresh media approach" for Mondelez that "addresses the key differences in the way we will do business" compared with the grocery brands. Factors include a heavier focus on developing markets and Europe, a stronger focus on young adults and a "global approach to media management to help us better address global, regional and local opportunities and deliver value to our brands."

She added that "over the past couple of years, we've been raising the bar with our creative agencies to respond to the changing marketing and communications landscape. In order to better engage with consumers and shoppers, we want to make our media approach as creative as our creative is ."

The brands that will sit within Mondelez had a combined $1.86 billion in worldwide ad spending on about $35.7 billion in sales in 2011, putting spending at about 5.21% of sales, according to Ad Age 's analysis of information in regulatory filings. The brands that will make up Kraft Foods, on the other hand, accounted for $535 million in ad expenses on $18.65 billion in sales, or about a 2.87% ad-to-sales ratio.

But in the U.S., the top grocery brands appear to outspend the top Mondelez brands. Among Kraft Foods' top 20 U.S. mega brands, 12 will be housed with Kraft Foods Group, accounting for $469.1 million in advertising spending in 2011, including the "Kraft" brand, which alone had $95.3 million in spending, and Oscar Mayer, which had $78.9 million. Mondelez will be home to eight of the top-spending U.S. megabrands, accounting for $203 million, including Trident, which had $53.2 million.

At Mondelez, a key media executive will be Bonin Bough, VP-global media and consumer engagement. Mr. Bough is the former senior director-digital and social media at PepsiCo. At Kraft Foods Group, a key media player will be Debra Berman, VP-Marketing Strategy & Engagement.

Laurel Wentz contributed to this story.

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