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EMPRESAS: OTRA GRAN EMPRESA DE COMIDA PARA ANIMALES: WHISKAS. Whiskas is a brand of cat food sold throughout the world. It is owned by the American group Mars, Incorporated. It is available either as meat-like pieces in cans, pouches or dry biscuits and most packaging is a recognisable purple colour.

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Whiskas is a brand of cat food sold throughout the world. It is owned by the American group Mars, Incorporated. It is available either as meat-like pieces in cans, pouches or dry biscuits and most packaging is a recognisable purple colour.

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[edit] History

Whiskas was originally known as Kal Kan when it started in 1936. In 1988, the company changed its name to Whiskas in order to promote its cat food internationally.

Whiskas is made in McLean, Virginia in the USA by the company formerly known as Pedigree Pet Foods.

[edit] Marketing

The well-known advertising slogan for Whiskas was eight out of ten owners say that their cat prefers it. The British panel show 8 out of 10 Cats took its name from the slogan. The slogan has been much imitated - in the 1980s Red Stripe Lager was advertised with the slogan "9 out of 10 cats prefer it", a play on "cat" meaning a trendy person.

In 1998, Australian rules footballer Garry Hocking changed his name by deed poll to "Whiskas" as part of the Geelong Football Club promotion with the company. It was the first such publicity stunt of its kind.[1]

On Wednesday, 27 January 1999, Whiskas singles aired the very first "commercial for cats" on American TV. The VHS release featured a small segment on how the advert worked, and showed several cats' reactions. The advert itself was a collection of clips with contrasting colours, fish and video captured from underwater. The end of the video (before fading out and then running again) claimed that "In our tests, 8 out of 10 preferred it", a previously mentioned slogan for the company.

In Hungary the Whiskas advertising slogan is "A macskák Whiskast vennének" which means "Cats would buy Whiskas (if they could)". Slogans with the same meaning are used in Germany, France, Slovakia, Russia and Slovenia.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Barbara, Alysen (2002). The electronic reporter: broadcast journalism in Australia. University of New South Wales Press Ltd.. ISBN 0868406856. 

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