In a new spot out of Y&R New York and directed by O Positive's David Shane, a couple gets ready for one of those painful work dinners you can't imagine enduring without some sort of (chemical) social lubricant. The wife chills out on the couch, glass of wine in hand, having swallowed, it seems, additional reinforcements. It seems to play out like one of those sophisticated dramas that reveal the dark side of happy suburban life, but it turns out, the woman's drug of choice is simply Pepperidge Farm's Milanos cookies.
The edgy approach marks a departure for the Milano brand, whose previous marketing was more product focused, highlighting quality, for instance. "That hasn't been resonating as much as consumers already know that about our products," said Suzanne Goodrich, business director for Campbell Soup Co.'s Pepperidge Farm cookies. "We need to get back with that emotional connection. She said that the new effort is meant to highlight a woman's "me time."
"They will go to great lengths to hide their Milano cookies so no one else will have it: their husband or their children who won't appreciate their Milano as much as they do," she added.