NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when the world could use a little more fizz, Pepsi® delivers in a highly entertaining new campaign that will cut across cultural playgrounds with the uncontainable fizz of the brand. From thumb-stopping social content to its latest UEFA Champions League Football campaign, FIZZ brings together the delicious taste of Pepsi with the passions of those who love drinking it.
This year’s global football campaign in support of the UEFA Champions League partnership across Men’s and Women’s keeps the fizz going with energetic entertainment for fans around the world. Once again, Pepsi brings together an impressive lineup of the world’s best footballers, expanding its roster led by reigning GOAT Leo Messi and world champion Paul Pogba, with two new additions to the squad: Borussia Dortmund sensation Jadon Sancho, and UEFA Women’s Champions League winner Shanice van de Sanden.
The football effort is led by a high-energy film, ” Fizz to Life“, that showcases epic football skills set to a custom music track created for the campaign, “Rotate”, by global superstar Becky G and two-time Grammy nominated Afro-fusion musician Burna Boy. The creative fizzes from beginning to end, showcasing how Pepsi football breaks the bubble of the 90-minute game. The ad opens with a student on her laptop. An infectious beat drops, and the cracking sound of an ice-cold can of Pepsi being opened awakens images of Messi, Pogba, Sancho and van de Sanden on the walls. The chase for the fizzing can of Pepsi is on as the players show off their flair and charisma with fast-paced football skills, shuffling and dribbling while leaping in and out of posters and magazines around the room.
Leo Messi commented: “I am excited to once again be a part of the Pepsi football squad. This year has been so much fun to film; I know fans are going to love it.”
Paul Pogba commented: “It’s great to be back again for another year with Pepsi. This year is even bigger than before with epic football skills and mad tunes. I can’t wait for you all to see it!”
Shanice van de Sanden commented: “I’m thrilled to be part of the 2021 Pepsi football lineup. The creative is packed full of energy and includes a great mix of amazing football skills and music, which I absolutely love.”
Jadon Sancho commented: “I’ve loved filming with the Pepsi squad this year! I can’t wait for you guys to see what happens when you combine football skills with some crazy new beats. It definitely won’t disappoint.”
The commercial is directed by Raine Allen-Miller, a powerful new voice in filmmaking. For this collaboration with Pepsi, she incorporates her quick-fire storytelling style to show just how far the players will go for the Pepsi fizz.
In addition to the hero creative, “Rotate” will be the soundtrack for an exciting array of digital content across multiple social platforms where fans will be able to interact with their favorite players like never before, including a world-first football challenge with TikTok Duet. Additionally, the campaign’s limited-edition packaging, which integrates bold designs rooted in music culture and featuring the four players, gives fans an augmented reality experience accessed through a QR code* on pack. When scanned, consumers can play an interactive game with their favorite players and share their scores to Instagram Stories.
“In 2021, we are celebrating unstoppable human spirit, not in spite of the times we’re in, but because this is a moment and no matter what, we need to keep moving forward with a smile,” said Natalia Filippociants, Vice President, Marketing, Global Beverages, PepsiCo . “ From music to football, the new creative encourages the world to break free of conventions, expectations and the bubble of sameness that we often find ourselves in.”
In the United States, the campaign will sport the taglines “That’s What I Like” and “Es Lo Que Quiero” for American consumers watching on CBS and Univision, respectively. Pepsi is also bringing a host of consumer engagement experience to life in the U.S; at retail, on social media platforms, and with a national sweepstakes campaign, specifically:
- National Sweepstakes: Fans looking for more ways to win can do so with a national text-to-win sweepstakes and the chance to score unique Pepsi and UEFA Champions League merchandise multiple times every week -full details are at pepsipromos.com/goal
- Interactive Social Content:Pepsi is issuing a world-first football challenge with TikTok Duet content and the return of the Messi Trick Serve challenge, where fans can get closer to their favorite players and dance along to “Rotate.”
- POS Imagery: The brand is unveiling unique point-of-sale imagery at select national retail partners with over 25,000 individual locations, including 7-11, CircleK, Family Dollar, Kroger, Publix, Dollar General and Walmart.
- Limited Edition Messi packaging: the design brings the unique beat and creative elements of the “Fizz to Life” commercial to fans through QR codes on select 12oz 12 & 15 packs, 16oz cans, and the new 2L packaging unveiled at the end of 2020. When scanned, the QR codes will transport fans to an interactive game with their favorite players and gives them the opportunity to share their scores to Instagram Stories.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of our business strategy and brands. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com .
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