Dairylea celebrates the curiosity of kids in new VCCP campaign

TV spot focuses on small, playful moments of wonder when kids have time to themselves

By Creative Salon

Dairylea, the snackable cheese brand adored by kids and families for generations is back today with the latest chapter in its ‘Set them free with Dairylea’ brand campaign, which champions pure, playful moments of childhood.

Dairylea worked with its agency of record, VCCP London, to mastermind the new integrated campaign offering parents a glimpse into the wonderfully curious world of kids. The new creative launches with a hero 30 second film which was inspired by the wonderful things that happen when kids are left to their own devices.

Directed by THIRTYTWO, the film captures a young boy and girl running up and down a skate ramp at the local park, trying to get to the top so they can enjoy a couple of triangles of Dairylea together. The young girl ponders ‘Why do they make them triangles?’ and her friend responds with ‘So they don’t roll away’ as they gaze down the ramp before the little girl slides down. The film finishes with the hero campaign strapline ‘Set them free with Dairylea.’

Recognising how relentless modern life can be for children, and how there can often be pressure for kids to be engaged in ‘constructive’ activities, rather than good old fashioned play, the new campaign gives parents a treasured peek into the true essence of simply being a kid, moments that Dairylea, a little cheesy triangle that kids can take anywhere and eat any way they please, is made for.

In a market dominated by surrealism and cartoon characters, the new campaign aims to be truly distinctive to parents of kids aged 3-10, by telling relatable, lovely stories in the real-world, told from a kids-eye-view. The beauty of Dairylea is that the little, cheesy triangle is perfect for pure moments of childhood, when kids are given the time and space to play, explore, and work things out for themselves.

Discussing the new campaign, Ria Rianti, Senior Brand Manager at Mondelēz International said: “Dairylea is made for moments of freedom, in the hands of curious, little kids. It’s the perfect snack for them to enjoy, take anywhere, and eat any way they please - even perched on top of skate ramps. A little piece of independence which evokes the true meaning of childhood, ‘Set them free with Dairylea’ showcases the pure magic of kids just being kids.”

Adding to this, Caroline Rawlings, Creative Director at VCCP London said: “Delighted that we’re able to show the little folk being set free with Dairylea. Precious little moments where, crinkly foil wrapped squishy cheese triangle in hand, children are given that crucial amount of independence. Allowed to make their own decisions, find their own boundaries, use their imaginations and learn from (adorable) mistakes. I don’t think it’s easy to authentically capture these very quiet little moments that we as adults so rarely get to witness, so I’m jolly pleased we had the VCCP team, clients, photographer and masterful directors that we did. Proud.”

‘Set Them Free with Dairylea’ will be supported with a holistic media campaign run in the UK and ROI for 8 weeks from today. Designed to engage with parents, as well as remind wider adult audiences of the magic of being a kid, it will bring viewers into the world of Dairylea by showcasing the 30 second film in video view driving environments in TV (Ireland only), VOD, and Online Video, while also being supported with a national OOH campaign and multichannel social & digital comms. Media has been planned and executed by Carat.

Campaign credits:

Brand: Dairylea

Brand executive: Jamie Shiells

Brand manager: Clotilde Lheureux

Senior brand manager: Ria Rianti

Marketing director: Kirsten McPherson

Advertising agency: VCCP

Executive creative directors:: Chris Birch & Jonathan Parker

Creative director: Caroline Rawlings

Associate creative director: Rob Ellis

Associate creative director: Peter Reid

Group managing director: David Boscawen

Managing partner: Matt Smith

Senior account director: Tom Carr

Account manager: Nathan Hassan

Planning director: Andy Nicholls

TV producer: Frankie Burwell

Agency integrated creative producer: Sarah Fenn, Peter Lewendon, Damon Brown

Broadcast affairs manager: Julia Matthews

TV production partner: ANONYMOUS CONTENT

Director:: THIRTYTWO

Producer: George Saunders


Editor: Eve Ashwell

Edit assistants: Kevin Corry & André Rodrigues

Edit producer: Phoebe Armstrong-Beaver

TV sound studio: FACTORY

Sound engineer: Anthony Moore & Frankie Bierne

Audio producer: Beth Massey

TV post production: TIME BASED ARTS

Colourist: Simone Grattarola

Flame artists: Al Hamer & Ollie Ramsey

Post producer: Chris Aliano

Media strategy & buying agency: Carat

Client director: Alexander Mishutin

Strategic planning partner: Jordi Connor

Associate director: Malka Fremder

Media planning manager: Jonathon Kriening

Media account executive: Joe Kelly

Production partnership agency: Publicis Pop Studios


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