Wrigley and Mondelēz Try to Sweeten Gum’s Image

Chewing gum has gotten the short end of the stick in terms of sales
over the last few years, but gum giants Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Mondelēz International are trying to take a bigger bite of the candy market with advertising campaigns for their chewing gum brands. AdAge.com reported on why gum fell from favor and how the ads are giving candy consumers something to chew on.

According to analysts, chewing gum sales started slumping in 2009 for a variety of reasons, such as greater competition from other snacks, higher teen unemployment, and advertising cutbacks during the recession, and even the tinier pockets on fashionable skinny jeans.

In 2012, Mondelēz and Wrigley started to increase their ad spending but it’s remained at lower levels than before the recession. At the same time, gum makers tried tweaking their products to appeal to today’s teens by creating unique flavors, focusing on oral health benefits, and designing slimmer packages. Despite their efforts, sugarless gum sales dropped 6.6% over the last year, which has been attributed to a general lack of interest in chewing gum.

Now, Wrigley and Mondelēz are moving past changing the product to changing the perception through their advertising campaigns.

Wrigley’s campaign for Extra featured touching moments between a father and daughter. This is a very different direction for the gum maker, who had previously promoted the practical benefits of gum, like weight loss. While this campaign for Extra marked a major shift from calorie counting to memory making, the company is continuing to promote the functional benefits of cleaner teeth for its Orbit brand.

For Mondelēz brands like Trident and Stride, their strategy focused on the healthful and helpful value of gum through messaging that promoted the oral care benefits of their brands. The company’s prior ads for Trident promoted gum for good times, but their focus is shifting from fun to function.

Now, Wrigley and Mondelēz are hopeful that their advertising tactics can restore gum to glory and freshen its image as the perfect sweet treat.

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