The new Burger King campaign, “Meat?” tricks the viewer, causing them to question whether the beautiful imagery in front of them is actually meat, or plants. At first glance of the print advertisement, consumers will suspect they are looking at real meat. On further observation, they may come to realize that the image actually depicts photos of vegetables – red pepper, beetroot, and radicchio to be exact*.
The Burger King visual immediately illuminates how closely plants can mirror beef. With the tagline, “Sorry for the confusion, meat lovers” the brand invites fans of the iconic Whopper® sandwich to take the next step and try a plant-based Whopper for themselves. They may be happily confused.
“Many times, guests can’t tell the difference between the traditional Whopper and the plant-based Whopper. So, we challenged a food photographer and a food stylist to shoot some vegetables in a way that would make them look like meat. The idea was to create ads that would make people ask themselves ‘Wait, is this meat or is this a plant?”, says André Toledo from DAVID Madrid.
“At Burger King, our plant-based products often feel, taste and look like real meat; yet many guests are skeptical. We wanted to bring a visually powerful message that makes you re-consider that not everything in life is what is seems to be”, says Iwo Zakowski, Head of Global Brand Marketing at Burger King. “At Burger King, there is always something on the menu for everyone. We want all of our guests to be able to enjoy authentic BK®flavors and invite each and every person to Have it Your Way®.”
The Burger King plant-based Whopper has the same build as the traditional Whopper except the beef patty has been substituted with a plant-based patty, all without sacrificing the flame-grilled taste guests know and crave from the BK favorite. The plant-based Whopper consists of a juicy, flame-grilled, plant-based patty, topped with freshly sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.
The campaign is planned to be rolled out in Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, among others.
*The vegetables pictured are not ingredients of Burger King products and are shown only to illustrate that meat and vegetables can be visually similar.
Agency: DAVID Madrid
Client: Burger King Global
Product: Plant Based Whopper
Global CCO: Pancho Cassis
Global COO: Sylvia Panico
Executive Creative Director: Saulo Rocha, André Toledo
Creative Director: Sébastien Rouvière
Art Director: Camilo Jimenez
Copywriter: Sébastien Rouvière
Head of Production: Alejandro Falduti
Head of Account: María Garcia Herranz
Group Account Director: Rafael Giorgino
Strategy Director: Patricia Urgoiti
Photographer: Pal Allan
Food stylist: Niklas Hansen
Producer: Louise Hall
DOP/BTS: Jakob Engwall
Editor: Cristian Migueliz
António Marques, Sabrina Ferretti, Iwo Zakowski, Andrea Beer
Source: David Miami
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