A kiwi and a panda walk in to a bar… Old Mout Cider and WWF partner to protect habitats around the world

  • New Zealand-born cider Old Mout has launched a new through the line campaign in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to help protect half a million acres of habitat around the world
  • The brand’s first ever TV ad airs on 1st May and highlights Old Mout’s sustainability credentials – 100% recyclable, natural flavours and vegan friendly
  • Watch the 30-second TV ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qrelgGLGWI

Old Mout Cider, one of the UK’s most sustainable ciders, and the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), have joined forces for a brand new campaign which will help to protect half a million acres of habitat around the world.

The partnership is the next chapter in Old Mout’s sustainability agenda, which has already seen the New Zealand-born cider help protect its native country’s national icon, the kiwi, that sits proudly on all Old Mout packaging. The status of the quirky kiwi has now improved from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ after the cider maker found out that just one in twenty kiwi chicks survived to adulthood. Old Mout has now set its sights further afield with an ambitious goal – teaming up with WWF in a partnership to help protect animals’ natural habitats across the world, including the continued conservation for the kiwi.

The brand new campaign includes Old Mout’s first-ever TV ad and features the kiwi and WWF’s iconic panda, as well as showcasing Old Mout’s sustainability credentials – 100% recyclable, natural flavours and vegan friendly.

The ad stars the adventurous little kiwi who, once endangered himself, sets out on a journey to help protect other animals’ habitats. He meets the WWF panda on his travels and together they enthusiastically announce the partnership, resolving on a striking visual of endangered animals circling the world.

This marks the beginning of a summer-long integrated campaign for Old Mout, which is now the fastest growing premium flavoured cider in the UK[1]. The campaign communicates a serious message in a proactive and enjoyable manner, which has proven effective with millennials and the growing Gen-Z[2]. 2019 will see Old Mout’s biggest ever media presence, as well as festival activation with the return of the Kiwi Camp at the Isle of Wight Festival and, for the first time, Boardmasters.

Emma Sherwood-Smith, Cider Marketing Director at HEINEKEN, said: “Our ambition is to lead the way as the most sustainable cider – setting the standard to help protect our planet. Our partnership with WWF acknowledges the work we’ve done so far for the kiwi in New Zealand and our success in making our cider and packaging the most sustainable it can be.

“Seventy-five per cent of consumers actively look for environmentally conscious brands and we’re proud that our distinctive brand purpose, coupled with WWF’s fame, will help communicate the urgency in the efforts needed to help save our planet.”

Naomi Hicks, Director of Partnerships at WWF, said: “We are the first generation that knows we’re destroying the planet and could be the last that can do anything about it. Partnerships like this one are essential if we’re to halt and reverse nature’s decline. That’s why we’re delighted to be joining up with Old Mout to protect vital habitats like the Amazon. We’re looking forward to working together to inspire millions to join the fight for our world.

With the appetite for flavoured cider and premium apple alternatives on the rise, Old Mout in particular continues to go from strength to strength, currently sitting at +31% growth and worth +£26m to the off-trade[3]. What’s more, capitalising on the increased popularity of exotic flavours, in March 2019 Old Mout launched a Pineapple and Raspberry variant. Exotic flavours are increasing in popularity within the premium flavoured cider sector, driven by a younger generation looking for sessionable fruit ciders in original, unique flavours. Old Mout Pineapple & Raspberry is set to be the next big thing, especially with pineapple going head to head with avocado as the UK’s fastest-growing tropical fruit.

To find out more about Old Mout Cider and WWF’s partnership and learn about habitat loss and its devastating effects on endangered wildlife and how to protect it, visit www.oldmoutcider.co.uk/wwf

[1] Nielsen Total Coverage Sales Value Growth % Data at 13.04.19

[2] https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/brands-unwilling-to-commit-to-a-set-of-values-risk-losing-consumers/

[3] Nielsen Total Coverage Sales Value Data at 13.04.19