Whittaker's takes the crown of NZ's most loved brand for seventh year

  • Advertising
  • November 1, 2018
Whittaker's takes the crown of NZ's most loved brand for seventh year

After a draw in last year's survey, Whittaker's has slipped just ahead of the All Blacks as New Zealand's Most Loved Brand according to rankings released by Colmar Brunton.

Whittaker's has taken the top spot every year in the seven years Colmar Brunton has done the survey. 

Coming in third this year is Tip Top, which switched places with Air New Zealand from last year's survey. Whittaker's, All Blacks, Tip Top and Air New Zealand are generally in the top four for the brands Kiwis love the most – and have some memorable campaigns to suit. 

Whittaker's has continued its partnership with beloved cook Nigella Lawson, taking her back in time to where it all began to launch its new caramel products. 

In July this year, Air New Zealand made global headlines when it launched its Impossible Burger.

Colmar Brunton chief client officer Kerri Tait says its no surprise the same four brands continue to dominate the survey. 

"We know that brand equity, being meaningful and loved by consumers is critical for brand love and a key component for success, but it isn't the only factor. Brands need to be salient, that is, top of mind and innovative, and to be seen doing things differently to other brands.

"Our top three brands have worked hard to continue to meaningfully connect with their consumers, and we have seen them innovating and maintaining relevance which has allowed the brands to stay ahead of the pack and ensure that they do not leave their audience behind, instead they cleverly take us on the journey with them."

Further down the ranks, Wattie's moved up to fifth from last year's sixth equal position, shared with Pineapple Lumps – which remains in the sixth spot this year. New World, Trade Me, Edmonds and Anchor came in seventh to tenth.

Colmar Brunton has been running the Brands I Love survey since 2012, with 1,000 New Zealanders surveyed each year. The brand list is compiled from spontaneous mentions and is updated annually.

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

  • Advertising
  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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