January 25th, 2019

Eat Them To Defeat Them is a radical new advertising campaign that aims to get kids eating more healthily. It launches today, Friday 25th January, across ITV and STV.

adam&eveDDB devised the campaign for ITV and Veg Power with a bold new approach to promote veg. It is funded by a ground breaking alliance of all the UK's major supermarkets and Birds Eye.

Eat Them to Defeat Them's strategy puts children in control in a fun, playful way, and speaks directly to them – playing to the truth that many kids think vegetables are gross – and engaging with kids and parents in a brand new way, looking to reinvigorate how vegetables are viewed and consumed.

In a 60-second film, directed by Pulse Films' Ninian Doff, children are cast as the heroes in movie scenario with a horde of vegetables emerging "from underground to take over the world". The ad then depicts the kids chomping through a whole selection of veg in order "to eat them to defeat them".

This new strategy is designed in response to the rise in childhood obesity and diet related diseases with recent research finding 96% of teenagers and 80% of primary school age children don't eat enough vegetables (Veg Facts – The Food Foundation).

The campaign, launching in Coronation Street, is funded by the biggest ever coalition of supermarkets, Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrison, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose along with food brand Birds Eye. Supermarkets are also supporting the campaign in-store and online.

As well as developing the campaign with Veg Power, ITV has backed it with £2 million of airtime across its channels, for an initial 12 week run, including primetime entertainment shows such as The Voice, Dancing on Ice and Britain's Got Talent.

The day after the campaign launch, ITV will broadcast the first vegetable-only ad break during The Voice, with the 60 second Eat Them To Defeat Them ad followed by other adverts promoting vegetables. ITV will also be supporting the campaign editorially across programming.

This TV ad will be supported by online, social, outdoor, cinema and print activity, with the Beano running the print ad and pull-out material in the comic and new veg-themed videos, games and quizzes to support the campaign on Beano.com.

To accompany the campaign adam&eveDDB have created an 'eat chart', which is designed to reward kids with stickers when they consume vegetables. The charts and posters are being distributed to thousands of schools with the support of some of the biggest catering companies in the country.

This partnership between ITV and Veg Power is an opportunity to show the power of advertising to do good. Solving the nation’s health will take a wide range of actions and collaborations and we are delighted to have the opportunity to play a small part in tackling them head on. Mat Goff, CEO, adam&eveDDB
This campaign will reach millions of parents and children through our biggest and most popular shows and it is unlike anything that has gone before. We’re proud to use the power of TV to take a new, bold and brave approach to encouraging kids to eat more vegetables. Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV

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