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MTR Foods launches a spicy new TVC for their new Sambar variant in the South

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MTR Foods, the pioneer of packaged foods in India has launched a new variant of one of its highest selling product – Sambar Powder. The variant called Spicy Sambar Powder promises to add a spicy kick and variety to meal occasions across the day especially in the core southern markets.

The heart of the campaign lies in the simple insight that home-makers make different variations of sambar depending on the meal occasion and the central dish of the meal. For the launch,MTR conceptualised a TVC that begins with a mix of funny reactions of a father and a son as they sit at the meal table while the woman of the house watches them amused. As the ad progresses the viewer realizes their reactions are owing to the spicy taste of the all new spicy sambar variant which they relish. The TV Commercial focuses on the Spicy kick of the new product and emphasizes on how this product is perfect for households that like a spicier variation of the sambar for certain meal occasions or as an accompaniment to the central dish.

On the launch, Sunay Bhasin, CMO, MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd. says, “MTR is one of India’s leading packaged masala player with prominent leadership in our core southern markets.We conducted extensive cuisine studies in these markets and realised that our Target Audience while still using our Sambar Powder, also make their own blend from pure spices for a spicier version of sambar. The new variant of Spicy Sambar is intended to plug this need-gap and drive further penetration in our core markets. The TVC launched to support this campaign is a simple, yet creative communication that seamlessly blends the spicy nature of our product with a daily meal occasion. ”

Mahesh Gharat, Executive Creative Producer, Ogilvy and Mather, says, “The key ask from MTR was to create a simple communication that clearly highlights the features that are central to the product – the spicy and tasty nature of the Spicy sambar powder. We focused on that attribute by showcasing it in an everyday meal occasion that has been made memorable because of MTR’s Spicy Sambar Powder. We also injected a certain amount of humor in the TVC which would be guaranteed to make you smile every time you see the Ad.”

TVC details:

Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Private Limited

Production House: Coconut Films

Creative Director: Subodh Menon

Duration: 25 Sec

Languages: Kannada & Telugu

The MTR Spicy Sambar will be available in SKUs ranging from Rs 5 for 10 gms to Rs 80 for 200 gms.

In addition to the TVC, the launch of this new variant is supported by a strong 360 degree marketing plan including outdoor, digital programs and in-store activation.

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