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Lacoste adopts temporary logo to help endangered species

by David Blank

Lacoste's limited-edition endangered species polo shirts.

Lacoste's limited-edition endangered species polo shirts.

Lacoste temporarily replaced its polo shirts' crocodile logo with the images of 10 endangered species to help counter the threat of extinction.

The shirts, which are part of a limited run supporting the "Save Our Species" campaign that launched during Paris Fashion Week on March 1, have sold out.

Replacing the crocodile above the left breast of the shirt are the Gulf of California porpoise, the Burmese roofed turtle, Sumatran tiger, the Anegada ground iguana and the northern sportive lemur, among others.

The French clothing company calibrated the number of shirts produced for each series to the population of the remaining animals in the wild. Of the 1,775 shirts available, the Gulf of California porpoise had the smallest print run, with just 30 shirts available.

The Anegada iguana, by contrast, was the most available, with 450 editions. Proceeds went to International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international advocacy organization working to protect nature that sponsored the campaign.

"Together these rare reptiles, birds and mammals champion the plight of all known threatened species," IUCN said in a statement.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has placed 1,459 animals on its threatened and endangered list.

Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin lauded Lacoste's efforts and said he hoped it would inspire other companies to take on similar projects.

"It's a great start and I'm hoping it's just the beginning and inspires other companies to follow suit," Corwin told CNN. "Maybe Jaguar will do something for jaguars. Ram trucks maybe will start protecting big horn sheep."

"Generating awareness is equally important to fundraising because in order to solve the problem you need to understand the challenges," he added.

Lacoste's crocodile logo was introduced in 1936, and the company has never before sold shirts featuring other animals.

Nike celebrates two World Cup finalists

by THOMSON REUTERS

MOSCOW, July 12 (Reuters) - The World Cup final on Sunday will not only be an all-European affair but an all-Nike match. For the first time in its history, the American sportswear manufacturer will be providing the kit for the two finalists, France and Croatia.

The result is a significant victory for Nike, as rival Adidas is a long-standing and prominent partner of FIFA and the World Cup.

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"We've had three of the four teams make the semi-finals and then two of our teams made the finals, which is a first time for Nike," Elliot Hill, Nike president of consumer and marketplace, told Reuters.

Team France

Team France

Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup Team Croatia

Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup Team Croatia

"We've been in the game of football for over 20 years, and it's the first time that we've had an all-Nike final with both teams wearing Nike."

Adidas sponsored 12 of the 32 teams at the World Cup finalists compared to Nike's 10 but saw one of its most prominent clients Germany knocked out in the group stage while eight of its teams fell in the round of 16.

"In addition to the kits, we've had great success with our players," said Hill.

"We have over 65 percent of the athletes wearing Nike football boots. That's more than all the other brands combined. So it's been a really successful World Cup for us, on and off the pitch."

Of the other manufacturers, Puma supplied kits for four teams, New Balance for two and Errea, Hummel, Uhlsport and Umbro one apiece -- the latter being the distinctive Peru shirt with the red diagonal stripe. (Reporting by Catherine Koppel; Editing by Christian Radnedge) 

THE WORLD CUP OF PACKAGING

by Tim Sykes

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As the world anticipates the football World Cup in Russia, brand owners prepare to monetise consumer engagement with promotional product runs, keeping packaging design teams busy. We survey packaging from five continents, some examples more sophisticated than others, inspired by the festival of football.

Official sponsors of the FIFA World Cup™ Budweiser, Coca-Cola and McDonalds have of course invested heavily in their marketing. Budweiser has opted for relatively consistent global design, featuring limited-edition packaging which pairs the brand’s red with the iconic trophy to create a design aiming for potent shelf impact. The packaging also reinforces the association between Budweiser and World Cup in the eyes of consumers, intending to position Budweiser as the beer of choice for fans, 93 per cent of whom watch the football at home. The concept is available in multiple packaging formats – the most coveted of which will surely be the aluminium bottle.

To complement this the packaging, Budweiser is also getting creative. In the UK, for instance, it has launched a two-hour delivery service in partnership with Amazon Prime Now, the chance to win tickets to the World Cup final using entry codes displayed on the packaging, and point of sale promotions at leading retailers.

To complement this the packaging, Budweiser is also getting creative. In the UK, for instance, it has launched a two-hour delivery service in partnership with Amazon Prime Now, the chance to win tickets to the World Cup final using entry codes displayed on the packaging, and point of sale promotions at leading retailers.

To complement this the packaging, Budweiser is also getting creative. In the UK, for instance, it has launched a two-hour delivery service in partnership with Amazon Prime Now, the chance to win tickets to the World Cup final using entry codes displayed on the packaging, and point of sale promotions at leading retailers.

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By contrast, Coca-Cola’s marketing campaigns are much more regionally driven. In Austria the drinks giant has released a series of cans depicting the backs of football shirts in various national colours. Each one in the series features a number and a nickname for the respective position on the field – from ‘Straight-A Keeper’ to ‘Goal Hanger’.

The Japanese promotional packs aim to drive digital engagement with the promise of prizes.

The Japanese promotional packs aim to drive digital engagement with the promise of prizes.

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Meanwhile, in Mexico Coca-Cola has introduced a collection of miniature 'Mini-Mundialistas' souvenir bottles in conjunction with fellow FIFA sponsor McDonalds, celebrating nations involved in this summer’s tournament (and Italy).

In contrast to its carnivalesque packaging for Brazil 2014, McDonalds itself has pursued more restrained optics for the Russian World Cup, drawing on Russian iconography and echoes of folkloric graphic style:

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Non-affiliated brands are also cashing in on heightened enthusiasm for football. Heinz Tomato Ketchup looks to corner the World-Cup-barbecue-condiment market with the unoriginal but effective tactic of putting a ball on the label:

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Following a similar thought process, two vegetable businesses are targeting the Swiss World-Cup-snacking-tomatoes market with snack portion Schur®Star bags shaped like a football shirt.

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The Brazilian snack brand Yoki also riffs on the national shirt theme for its bags, and also provides a rigid bowl in the shape of a football cut in half:

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...On the other side of the Atlantic, the Nigerian Football Federation marked qualification for the tournament by issuing a customised celebratory champagne:

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Meanwhile, in the host nation, World Cup fever has steadily taken hold, with market research suggesting that products bearing the competition’s official logo are selling at five times the usual rate.

The vodka brand Tsarskaya has brought out a special edition bottle celebrating the national sport:

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Meanwhile, Russian company TAVR is one of those catering to the national mood, having launched a sausage-meat product shaped like a football.

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“We want to bring pleasure to everyone who is interested in sport,” executive director Aleksandr Remeta told the website unipack.ru. “This new product is an original and tasty souvenir which might prove indispensable while watching the match.”