1979 Cinzano Rose

Cinzano_logo1979 Cinzano Rose featuring Joan Collins, Leonard Rossiter, Omar Sharif & Gareth Hunt.

Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new “vermouth rosso” (red vermouth) using “aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram,thyme and [a species of Achillea called] musk yarrow)”.  What became known as the “vermouth of Turin” proved popular with the bourgeoisie of Turin and, later, Casanova.

Cinzano Bianco followed, based on a different combination of herbs that included artemisia (wormwood), cinnamon, cloves, citrus and gentian; it was followed by an Extra Dry version.  Exports began in the 1890s, to Argentina, Brazil and the USA, among others.  In Paris in 1912, Cinzano was the first product to be advertised with a neon sign.

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1979 C&A

C&A_logoC&A is an international Dutch chain of fashion retail clothing stores, with its European head offices in Vilvoorde (near Brussels), Belgium and Düsseldorf, Germany. It has fashion retail store branches in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and opening soon in Egypt. Its brands include Angelo Litrico, Canda, Clockhouse, Here+There, Palomino, Westbury, Yessica, Yessica Pure, and Your Sixth Sense.

The company was founded by brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer in 1841 as a Dutch textile company, taking its company name from their initials, who were originally from the German Brenninkmeyer family that traded in linen and textiles since the 17th Century from their hometown in Mettingen, Germany.  Since 2007, C&A has also ventured into high-street retail banking, creating C&A Bank GmbH in Germany, with its primary focus on providing consumer credit under its product “C&A Money”.

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1979 Bubble Yum Gum

bubbleyumBubble Yum is a brand of bubble gum marketed by The Hershey Company.

Introduced in 1975 by LifeSavers, the bubble gum was the first soft bubble gum created.

In 1977, rumors began to spread that the gum’s soft, chew-able secret was the addition of spider eggs.  The Life Savers Company addressed the issue with an official full-page rebuttal printed in prominent U.S. newspapers (including the New York Times), to dispel the rumor and restore public confidence.  Sales of the gum soon surpassed sales of Life Savers candy, and it became the most popular bubble gum brand.  Nabisco bought Life Savers in 1981, and The Hershey Company acquired the brand in 2000.

Bubble Yum’s official mascot is Floyd D. Duck, an anthropomorphic punk-style duck character.

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1979 Birds Eye Chicken Pie

birds eyeIn the United Kingdom, Captain Birdseye is the advertising mascot of the brand. Appearing in numerous television and billboard commercials since 1967, he was played by actor John Hewer between then and 1998. He is depicted as a clean living, older sailor with a white beard, dressed in merchant navy uniform and with a seafaring accent. This character was so successful that when the company’s brand was relaunched with a younger man with designer stubble (played by Thomas Pescod), the project floundered and the older description of the character was brought back into the promotions. In 1993, Captain Birds Eye was voted as the most recognised captain after Captain Cook in a poll.

The Captain Birdseye mascot is a reference to the brand’s extensive and well-known range of frozen seafood products, including Fish Fingers. Because the Birds Eye brand is marketed to families, many of the advertising campaigns feature Captain Birdseye as having a “crew” composed mostly of children in the preteen to teenage age groups, encouraging brand loyalty from children and emphasising the convenience of serving the company’s products to their parents. A 2005 advertising campaign in the UK features Captain Birdseye informing consumers that Birds Eye readymade meals contain no artificial flavourings or preservatives, with an emphasis that they are healthy to children.

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1978 Wrigleys Orbit Gum

Wrigley's_Spearmint_1932The William Wrigley Jr. Company is a company headquartered in the Wrigley Building in Chicago, Illinois.  The company was founded on April 1, 1891, originally selling products such as soap and baking powder. In 1892, William Wrigley Jr., the company’s founder, began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The chewing gum eventually became more popular than the baking powder itself and Wrigley’s reoriented the company to produce the popular chewing gum.

The company currently sells its products in more than 180 countries and maintains 140 factories in various countries, including the United States, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Tanzania, Tunisia, Somalia, North Korea (the only US enterprise there) France, Kenya, Taiwan, China, India, Poland, and Russia.

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