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La Brea Bakery

Digital, Design, Print

This artisan bread maker enjoys a cult following in its home market of Los Angeles. When a Swiss food conglomerate gobbled them up, it did what all food conglomerates do: insist on a larger cult.  So La Brea turned to TDH to take the brand national with its first-ever advertising effort. Because artisan products are about handcrafted, small batch, local goods, we didn’t want to rely on mainstream media. We needed to be more stealth, creating brand ambassadors and letting the foodie market discover the brand. The answer was advertising on elite cooking and dining websites like This strategy not only felt as natural as the ingredients, it enabled La Brea to monitor the effectiveness of every dollar spent. (Conglomerates really appreciate that.)  We also created a yearlong promotional program for retailers, with plenty of innovative bread occasions to drive incremental display opportunities. The results were quite tasty: Click-through rates were three times the food and beverage average. Weekly traffic to La Brea’s website doubled. And 82% of the traffic was new or unique visitors. 

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If you can't have a little fun in the bakery section, where can you? Honestly, who's not in a good mood when they visit the bakery section? That's why we baked a lot of personality into these executions that launched products like La Brea Antipasto Appetizer Bread. (Crostinis rule the earth.) And when it came time to take advantage of food holidays like National Grilled Cheese Month, who could resist an artisan recipe for Grilled Cheese Sliders?