Welch's 'Tough As Grapes' Campaign Targets Gen X Men

Posted On: 10/18/2018

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CONCORD, MA -- Welch's has launched a new marketing campaign, "Tough as Grapes," that targets Gen X men with a tough and gritty look at how Welch's grape juice is made with the world's toughest antioxidants.
 
Welchs' said its new brand strategy is backed by one of the largest pieces of research on Gen X males where the company uncovered that 59% of Gen X men report they are the primary grocery shopper; 73% of Gen X men drink juice with breakfast; and 60% of Gen X men like the flavor grape.
 
According to Welch's, men are already drinking more juice than women, but they are also more open to the nutritional benefits that juice offers and aware that there is room for improvement in their health.

 

"The juice category and shopping behaviors are changing, and we knew it was time to disrupt the category by making a bold move to reinvigorate the juice aisle," said Welch's president, U.S. Lesya Lysyj. "After comprehensive research, we discovered that the market potential is with Gen X men, a demographic that loves juice and has emerged as a primary grocery shopper. The 'Tough as Grapes' campaign solidifies our commitment to the modern grocery shopper, while championing the tough antioxidants in our Concord grapes."
 
Welch's crushes the whole Concord grape -- skin, seeds and all -- to produce a 100% juice that is packed with antioxidants -- and research shows that Concord grape juice contains the benefits that Gen X men find compelling as they start to think more seriously about their health.
 
According to Welch's, there have been more than 75 clinical studies done with the Concord grape over the last decade and these studies show how Concord grape juice can help support a healthy heart, help maintain a healthy immune system, improve exercise performance and positively impact mood.
 
What most people don't know is that Welch's is a co-op and 100% of profits go back to the 800 family farmers. These farmers work year-round in some of the harshest weather conditions in the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes and Yakima Valley regions to grow the grapes that go into Welch's juice. According to Welch's, the farmers are tough, the grapes are tough and the process for making the juice is tough, but it's really the farmers who ultimately inspired this new campaign that Welch's has seen resonate well with both men and women in testing.
 
"The machines Welch's workers use are actually called Pulverizers and Crushers. The grapes are harvested throughout the night during harvest season. The farmers have to prune vines in the snow through the coldest winter months," said Gerry Graf, founder and chief creative officer at Barton F. Graf, which created the new campaign. "The Concord grape is raised in the toughest conditions, but it's sweet -- a lot like generation X men. They have a tough exterior and were raised by hard working parents. They pride themselves on persistence and effort. They are tough people and Welch's grape juice can help them to stay tough."