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Identity crisis or brand evolution? Cigarette giant Philip Morris talks angling to make New Zealand smoke-free by 2025
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Philip Morris – the largest tobacco company in the world – has declared it will transform the tobacco industry in support of New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 initiative. In time, it plans to stub out its cigarette range – which includes Marlboro, Parliament and Virginia S and move towards a future of fruity, trendy vapes and e-cigarettes. It’s a tactical maneuver from the giant cigarette corporate as alternative cigarettes slowly receive validation by scientists, governments, and consumers – but is the move really a ploy for Smokefree 2025, or more of a smoke screen by Philip Morris? And in the midst of all this, has its sudden departure from cigarettes led to a branding identity crisis? We speak to the managing director, James Williams, who explains the company’s foray into the smoke-free market.

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Protecting young smiles: Grin Natural encourages education and awareness of kids’ dental health in new campaign
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Grin Natural, a 100 percent natural New Zealand made toothpaste brand, recently launched a nationwide campaign to help Kiwi kids in need. Idealog spoke with Grin Natural marketing manager Paul Stokes and general manager and co-founder Tara Tan about its eco-friendly toothbrushes and natural toothpaste, how the company came about, and the urgent need to improve the dental health of kids around the country.

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A trip through electric avenue: Mercury’s Julia Jack on driving the brand into the future
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It’s fair to say the last two years have been a buzz for Mercury as it’s rolled out a new brand and mission to educate New Zealanders about the wonders of renewable energy. In doing so, Mercury has associated itself with e-bikes and most recently electric vehicles. Following the launch of its latest ‘Energy Made Wonderful’ campaign, we talk to chief marketing officer Julia Jack about giving energy a tangible identity, the association with electric transport and how the work is paying off for the company.

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