Old El Paso sparks conversation with new Talking Tacos ad

  • Old El Paso will launch a new £1.5million marketing campaign this spring across TV, social and shopper
  • New ‘Talking Tacos’ ad set to see sales soar
  • Campaign will launch alongside a packaging refresh across its leading Mexican meal kits and tortillas 

Old El Paso, the £100m brand from General Mills, is set to explode sales of its tasty Mexican-inspired meals this spring with a £1.5million marketing campaign.

The leading Mexican food brand in the UK, Old El Paso represents 58% of the sales of Mexican products within the broader World Foods category.[1] The brand is now on a mission to drive further penetration and entice even more shoppers into the World Foods aisle. In particular millennials and young families with busy lifestyles looking for an easy and fun family meal.

The media campaign will see Old El Paso back on screens with a new TV ad – ‘Talking Tacos’. The ad highlights the fun and customisable nature of Mexican food and sees a ‘dad’ taco complimenting a ‘mum’ taco on her various add-ons, such as jalapenos, much to the embarrassment of their taco ‘daughter’. Already delivering strong uplift for the brand in the USA and Australia, the ad’s cheeky, light tone is set to be a huge hit with UK consumers.

The advert will be supported by educational recipe content across social media, designed to inspire busy families with easy yet tasty shortcuts to a sit-down meal. A heavy weight of in-store marketing across UK grocers and independents will further drive shoppers towards Old El Paso’s leading range and boost overall category value.

Alongside the fresh new advertising, the brand will undergo a packaging makeover. Rolling out this month, the renovated meal kits sport a more contemporary look, with improved appetite appeal through fresh on pack photography. Modern visual and verbal cues will support the brand’s ongoing mission to educate consumers on how to prepare and cook the kits.

Lindsay Hill, Marketing Manager for Old El Paso, says: “April is a key sales period for the category. The weather gets warmer, the evenings get lighter and households increasingly come together to enjoy a family meal. Mexican’s fun, sharing format is perfect for such an occasion. This year, we’re further capitalising on this by increasing marketing spend in order to reach as many people as possible.

“We’ve seen great success in the past year, but there’s still a huge opportunity to drive growth within the category. Our fun new ad, plus refreshed packaging, will help retailers take full advantage of this.”

Talking Tacos will hit screens on 17th April and will run for three weeks.

[1] MAT value share, Nielsen Scantrack Data to 23.02.19

[1] MAT value share, Nielsen Scantrack Data to 23.02.19