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The naked truth of celebrity endorsement

Angela Byrne (Department of Retailing and Marketing, The Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Maureen Whitehead (Department of Retailing and Marketing, The Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Steven Breen (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 May 2003

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Abstract

This case study examines the use of celebrity endorsement in the formation of the retail image of leading European grocery distribution group J. Sainsbury, in particular, the process of transference of celebrity images to the product’s image. The incorporation of Jamie Oliver (well known as television celebrity The Naked Chef) into the promotions of one of Britain’s leading grocery chains involves a high profile campaign that has been adopted in order to imbue the company’s products with an image of quality. The success of the campaign has been replicated in New Zealand by another grocery retail “giant”, Foodstuffs, who have also adopted The Naked Chef to endorse their products. The case draws on field research with consumers and key informant interviews with advertising agency personnel who identified the criterion for the choice of Jamie Oliver. The extent to which the market place recognises and consumers associate themselves with the image Jamie projects as a celebrity endorser for J. Sainsbury is explored.

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Byrne, A., Whitehead, M. and Breen, S. (2003), "The naked truth of celebrity endorsement", British Food Journal, Vol. 105 No. 4/5, pp. 288-296. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070700310477086

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