Doritos Launches Global Marketing Campaign

In a move to create a more cohesive global brand image, Doritos recently announced plans to update the logo design, marketing, and packaging for its products across the 37 countries where its chips are sold. The brand’s first global ad campaign and redesigned Doritos packaging were released in early March. reported on the details behind the Doritos global update.

Owned by PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America, Doritos is the world’s largest tortilla chip brand with 39 percent market share. Despite Doritos’ massive global presence, the brand surprisingly had 25 packaging variations in different markets before the redesign. This new unified marketing campaign is expected to leverage enormous international scale and worldwide popularity.

“With the rise of social media and technology, our world is smaller and more connected than ever before,” said Ram Krishnan, VP marketing for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America. “We have found that our consumers across the world share very similar passions and interests, but until now may not have had a consistent way of speaking about the Doritos brand.” The marketing campaign “is our way of connecting these fans worldwide, as we now provide a consistent storyline, and look and feel from the Doritos brand.”

The integrated ad campaign includes digital marketing and television. TV advertising will start airing on U.S. cable channels in the middle of March and be adapted for international markets such as the UK, Mexico, Canada, and Spain. The digital components of the ad campaign include leveraging social media at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. At the hip festival, Doritos is sponsoring a battle of the bands where three musical acts compete to open for a big-name hip-hop concert. People are being asked to vote for their favorite opening act on Twitter and the concert will be streamed on the Doritos Facebook page.

The Doritos update is the latest of Pepsi-Co’s efforts to refresh and modernize its various brands. Last year, the company undertook a similar strategy with its Quaker brand of products to present a more unified brand image in its numerous world markets. Now, the company is focused on making the Doritos global brand image into “all that and a bag of chips.”

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