Diageo has awarded JWT creative duties on its global Smirnoff ready-to-drink (RTD) and ﬂavored malt beverage (FMB) business, which includes Smirnoff Ice, Smirnoff Ice Triple Black, Smirnoff Twisted V and Smirnoff Raw Tea in the United States. Since JWT currently handles global creative duties on Smirnoff vodka, this move allows Diageo to consolidate advertising for the entire Smirnoff trademark within a single global advertising agency.
James Thompson, President, Global Marketing, White Spirits and Ready-To-Drink said “JWT has been a great partner and their work has been integral to helping us drive Smirnoff vodka to become the number one premium spirit in the world. The team has a clear understanding of the Smirnoff brand and created the fantastic ‘Clearly Smirnoff’ global advertising campaign for Smirnoff vodka.” ”
Diageo made this change as a result of a recent review of its brand and competitor advertising agency conﬂict policy. As a result, BBH and Diageo have agreed that the Smirnoff RTD and FMB business should be reassigned, allowing BBH to continue a decades-old relationship with a competing beer company and pursue more beer brand assignments.
“We are very proud of the work done for Smirnoff Ice and of the relationship that was developed,” said Chris Harris of BBH.
Thompson continued, “I’d like to thank BBH for their outstanding work on the global Smirnoff RTD and FMB business. They have created some fantastic campaigns, such as the recent ‘Tea Partay’ spot for Smirnoff Raw Tea. We look forward to continuing to work with them on our other distilled spirits
BBH continues to have global creative responsibilities for Johnnie Walker and Baileys Original Irish Cream.