This Zoom session is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST: Combining Scholarship and Activism: An Intergenerational Exchange. Information about the session and registration is HERE. Bob Gottlieb and I will address how to combine food policy scholarship and activism in discussion with two much younger colleagues, Ivonne Quiroz and Lo Anderson.
The latest in food marketing: Pop-Tarts in Times Square
You have to see New York City’s latest tourist attraction: a Pop-Tarts World Store in Times Square. OK, M&Ms has a fabulous light display. OK, Hershey’s has an enormous store filled with chocolate tchotchkes. But Pop-Tarts? I think it’s weird to turn Times Square into a food court (with tee shirts) but hey, I’m not in the junk food business.
Kellogg must think it’s worth the exorbitant cost of store frontage in the middle of New York City. According to the account in the New York Times, a Kellogg spokesman said:
Our long-term hope is to strengthen the bonding between the brand and the consumer, and that has great benefits for the brand.
Others explain that “Just a presence in Times Square can help a company…It [is] a way to project an image of growth and maturity.”
I had no idea that bonds between brands and consumers needed strengthening. It never occurred to me that Times Square projects an image of maturity.
OK, it’s cute that Kellogg named Pop-Tarts after Pop Art, but Pop-Tarts as a tourist destination?
Check it out and let me know!
Update, August 12: Here is Mark Bittman’s review.
Update, August 16: And here is CNN’s take on it (I’m interviewed, briefly).