Global push for McCartney

Heinz is planning to take its Linda McCartney vegetarian foods range overseas for the first time and develop it as a global brand alongside icons such as Heinz Ketchup.

Heinz is planning to take its Linda McCartney vegetarian foods

range overseas for the first time and develop it as a global brand

alongside icons such as Heinz Ketchup.



The babyfood-to-beans manufacturer said the US is likely to be the first

market into which the brand will be extended.



Heinz acquired the licence to manufacture the vegetarian brand last

December as part of its pounds 190m acquisition of United Biscuits

Frozen and Chilled Foods division (Marketing, October 28, 1999).



A spokesman for Heinz said that following a review of the UB brands, it

had identified the Linda McCartney range as the most likely to quickly

succeed on a global stage.



He said: ’Having the benefit of the McCartney name matched with Heinz’

global focus means this has the potential to become a very strong

international brand very quickly.’



Heinz has not set a timetable for the extension.



The decision to push the brand as a global icon has received the

blessing of Sir Paul McCartney, who retains the right to veto use of his

deceased wife’s name on projects he feels she would not have

supported.



McCartney said: ’This is what Linda wanted: to share her pioneering

vision with a global food giant which could get her veggie meals on

dinner plates around the planet.’



Linda McCartney died last April following a long battle against

cancer.



RPM3 has previously handled advertising for the Linda McCartney range,

although no marketing has been done for the range during the past

year.



Leo Burnett handles the majority of global advertising for Heinz.



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