Smell-vertising hits U.K.

McCain Foods Limited, best known as the largest supplier of fries in the world, is taking promotion of a related product to new levels. In Britain, McCain is promoting its Ready Baked Jackets, a precooked potato in its skin, with bus shelter ads.

A headline in Britain’s Advertising Age says “Smell-vertising Hits U.K. With Potato-Scented Bus Shelters.”

The advertising is aimed, of course, at commuters. When someone presses a button on the side of the shelter, the smell of baked potatoes is emitted and a discount coupon is dispensed.

Better Farming - April 2012