Faye Clack Communications wins national distinction with five awards at
National CPRS Awards of Excellence

TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Faye Clack Communications (FCC) won four gold awards and one bronze at the annual National Canadian Public Relations Society's Awards of Excellence yesterday.

The agency took top honours for its Avocados from Mexico campaign. The multi-faceted campaign, which unraveled the mystery of the avocado with the skillful assistance of an animated character, Miss Ava Cado, was conducted for the association of growers and exporters of avocados from Mexico (APEAM). The campaign resulted in an avocado sales increase of 157 per cent in Ontario.

The campaign, which included an extensive social media component, kicked off with an exhilarating Mexican Independence Day event held in September 2009 at Toronto's Union Station, complete with a 20,000 Mexican avocado giveaway, a live Mariachi band and festive Mexican dancers. Miss Ava Cado, the brand ambassador for Avocados from Mexico, came to life at the launch event and was featured in all communications materials, including telenovelas (mini soap opera-like webisodes).  Overall, the APEAM campaign succeeded in engaging and educating Ontario media and consumers about the selection, ripening, storage and usage of avocados.

The crescendo of activities that successfully introduced avocados from Mexico to consumers, media and trade across Ontario also included a microsite, a consumer contest, in-store sampling and educational point-of sale material.

Emiliano Escobedo, marketing director for APEAM, acknowledged the significance of the campaign.  "We are pleased with the results of the outstanding communications program that FCC created and delivered for Avocados from Mexico," says Escobedo. "We are especially pleased with the audience reach of this campaign, over 28 million impressions, its creativity and most importantly, the tangible results - the substantial increase in Mexican avocado sales - which surpassed our expectations."

In addition to winning gold for Communications Management, FCC also received four awards from a selection of individual categories.

For the Avocados from Mexico campaign, FCC was presented with the following awards:

  • Gold Award for Marketing Communications
  • Gold Award for Media Relations
  • Gold Award for Best Use of Special Events
  • Bronze Award for Best Use of Electronic and Social Media

Virginia Zimm, president of FCC, was very pleased with the multiple CPRS award wins. "It's been an incredible year for FCC and I'm very proud of our team," says Zimm. "We're so fortunate to be working with clients who appreciate our food industry knowledge, counsel and expertise. And we are honoured by the national distinction from our industry peers."

The annual National CPRS Awards of Excellence recognize creativity and excellence in public relations campaigns or projects in a number of categories representing a broad scope of public relations activities.  Each application is judged by a panel of respected senior public relations professionals and professors from the corporate, agency, not-for-profit and government sectors. 

About Faye Clack Communications Inc.

FCC is a marketing and public relations agency that specializes in strategic communications for the food industry and has more than 37 years of experience promoting food in Canada. From fresh and local to imported and value-add food products, FCC's dedicated team of 24 professionals is comprised of former journalists, trade specialists, experienced marketers and communicators, public relations experts and trained chefs.  For more information, please visit href="www.fayeclack.com">www.fayeclack.com.


For further information: For further information:

Natalie Pavlenko, Debbie Boyce

Faye Clack Communications

905-206-0577 x231, 245

npavlenko@fayeclack.com, dboyce@fayeclack.com

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