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Mentos launches Facebook application

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI “The fresh maker” has a new Facebook application.

Mentos, the chewy mint known for its optimistic take on life, has launched the Fresh Goes Better Facebook application, which allows visitors to view and hear original work by artists who upload their creations directly to the U.S. Mentos Facebook page. Work is organized in three categories: fresh graphic art, fresh music and fresh video. A featured artists section on the page will spotlight work that is the freshest of the fresh.

“After years of stumbling upon and admiring Mentos-inspired art here and there, it was time to share the wealth,” said Craig Cuchra, brand manager for Mentos. “Creating the Fresh Goes Better application on Facebook is a way of sharing the incredible energy of our fans by becoming a curator for work by established and aspiring artists in three genres. It will allow art enthusiasts of all ages across America to enjoy and offer visions of freshness.”

Mentos art enthusiasts can view and “like” the Facebook application or submit fresh art, music or video at http://www.facebook.com/MentosUS. More information about Mentos Mints is available at http://us.mentos.com.

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Presidente Beer expands U.S. market presence with campaign

BY Allison Cerra

MIAMI A Hispanic and multicultural marketing firm has been tapped to boost a popular Dominician Republic beer’s U.S. market presence.

Presidente Beer is seeking to advance its brand with the help of ViVA Partnership to help advance the brand to a leadership position for imported Latin beers. The new Presidente Beer integrated campaign is set to launch in June in select markets, initially targeting South Florida residents and U.S. tourists traveling to the Caribbean, ViVA Partnership said.

“The goal is to integrate multiple online/offline elements that are so fluid it’s impossible to detect any boundaries between what takes place online and the experience for consumers offline,” said Linda Lane Gonzalez, ViVA Partnership CEO. “Each component works toward establishing a relationship with the consumer. From a Facebook fan page to online experiences with games, downloads, screensavers, contests and virtual gifts to real-life encounters on the beach, or cruise ships, everything is tied together with a central strategy.”

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Jelly Belly rolls out cocktail-inspired candy

BY Allison Cerra

FAIRFIELD, Calif. Jelly Belly is looking to redefine “happy hour” with a new line of jelly bean flavors.

Jelly Belly’s new Cocktail Classics line features the flavors of consumers’ favorite cocktails. Three new flavors — mjoito, pomegranata cosmo and peach bellini — join other cocktail-inspired jelly beans that have been part of the Jelly Belly family for two decades: margarita, pina colada and strawberry daquiri.

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics will hit retail shelves nationwide in bulk flavors, gift boxes and bags in June.  These and all Jelly Belly beans are gluten-free, dairy-free, gelatin-free, vegetarian and OU Kosher.

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