W+K London Brings Joy Back to the Kitchen in First Campaign for Sainsbury’s

It’s January. Arguably the time when living well seems the most challenging – health kicks, detoxing, saving a few pennies are front of mind… It’s time we remembered the uncomplicated joy that can come with cooking and eating.

Wieden+Kennedy London’s campaign for Sainsbury’s seeks to do just that – by recognising food for what it really is; something to celebrate. For more than just filling hungry bellies or inducing Instagram drool – food lies at the heart of living well; bringing us joy and making us feel good. This is about showing food for the role it really plays in all our lives, at the centre of real moments, relationships and emotions…the essentials of a life well-lived.

‘Food Dancing’ shines a light on a secret but ubiquitous kitchen behaviour that totally sums up the simple joy that can come with food. That personal moment when you’re in the kitchen, you’re totally in the rhythm of cooking, and you’re dancing to your favourite tune.

To celebrate and share this phenomenon, Wieden+Kennedy have created a song and music video that captures the spirit of food dancing. The song ‘Food Dancing (Yum Yum Yum)’ is available on Spotify, and was written by UK artist MysDiggi – who had his first job at Sainsbury’s and whose mum also works in store. The music video and TV spots were directed by Siri Bunford at Knucklehead, featuring real people dancing in their own kitchens, all across the UK – including a Sainsbury’s colleague, Richard Hetherson – a ‘body pop and locking’ baker!

In store and out-of-home posters will hero some of these food dancers and their favourite foods. David Sykes photographed the vibrant food still life while Josh Cole shot the black and white portraiture.

The campaign will be running through-the-line, and because food dancing is happening in real kitchens all over the country, we’ll also be celebrating those that take part with online rewards. You might even spot a familiar face or two! The campaign is supported through online activations created by AnalogFolk, Gravity Road and Seven. PHD planned and booked all media, and Drum have been responsible for media partnerships, including the first Spotify Branded Moments sponsorship in the UK.

Mark Given, Director of Brand Communications at Sainsbury’s says: “The excitement and energy created by our #fooddancing film is the perfect antidote to how our customers tell us they feel in January. Why should one month of the year have less opportunity to live well than any other? Having fun in the kitchen is a big part of living well. Whether you are whipping up your signature dish or just having a cheese sandwich, making something to eat is a joy. So let’s celebrate it.”

Sophie Bodoh, Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy says: “We didn’t want to tell people how to live well. We wanted to celebrate real people who are already living well in kitchens all over the country.”

Scott Dungate, Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy added: “Key to our approach was creating a strong look and feel. We think authentic black and white portraiture, vibrant colourful food overlay, and big, bold orange type is a great way to give Sainsbury’s real freshness and energy in a very crowded category.”

The national campaign – Wieden+Kennedy’s first for Sainsbury’s – will be launching on Wednesday 18th January 2017.

Source: Little Black Book

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