KFC’s Viral Doughnut Sandwich; Norway’s Marketing Dilemma: Wednesday’s First Things First

Plus, how Heinz created America's favorite condiment

We created our own doughnut chicken sandwich. It wasn't terrible.

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We Tried a KFC Doughnut Sandwich, and Here’s What You Need to Know

At some point, we’re going to reach peak chicken sandwich (maybe somebody will combine one with hard seltzer so that two trends can jump the shark simultaneously). We’re probably not there yet, but KFC is trying its darnedest to get us there with its latest creation: part chicken sandwich, part doughnut.

The brand is testing out the new monstrosity at 40 locations, but happens when you don’t live in one of those markets? Make your own, of course.

Read more: Creativity editor David Griner taste-tested this sweet and crispy sandwich and lived to tell the mouth-watering tale.

Norway Has a Marketing Problem

Some researches believe tourism accounts for 8% of all global carbon emissions—emissions that are melting one of Norway’s most famous glaciers. As it recedes by some 81 meters in a year, tourists are flocking from all over the world on carbon-emitting flights to see the glacier before it disappears. See the problem?

Norway is rethinking its strategy for the tourism industry, which accounts for 4.2% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Read more: Learn how the country reshaped its marketing to set areas affected by climate change up for success as the glaciers melt away.

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How Heinz Created America’s (and Ed Sheeran’s) Favorite Condiment

Who knew what started as a Chinese fish sauce would become America’s favorite condiment? A bottle of ketchup is, in fact, present in 97% of American households. What’s more, 70% of those ketchup bottles are Heinz. Although we doubt anyone loves it as much as Ed Sheeran does (he has a Heinz Ketchup tattoo), it’s safe to say the brand is strong. Our resident brand expert Robert Klara tells us the humble beginnings of Heinz and how it got us addicted.

Read more: How Heinz turned Chinese fish sauce into America’s (and Ed Sheeran’s) favorite condiment.

Just Briefly: The rest of today’s top insights

Ad of the Day: Volvo Gave Truckers a Charming Moment of Self-Care

Road trips are brutal on a body. The aches that come with spending hours upon hours sitting in one spot as mile signs fly by the window are ingrained in all of us.

But for the people whose job it is to traverse the country and then turn around and do it again, back and neck pain is often just part of the gig. That’s why Volvo gave a number of truckers a free neck realignment in this charming spot.

3 Sustainability Questions With Erica Fite, co-founder and co-CCO, Fancy

What role can brands play to curb climate change?

Consumers can talk about sustainable habits all they want, but, if brands don’t play their part, we still have those situations where the only option is a plastic bottle. There is something every brand can do, too many things to list here. Fashion brands can use sustainably sourced fabrics. Bottled drinks can use alternatives to plastic. Large manufacturers can transition power sources to wind and solar. Any brand that transports product should keep a close eye on the rapid progress of zero-emission commercial trucks. Everyone can reduce waste. The important thing is to do something. That effort will pay off with consumers who hope to continue living on Earth.

If a brand doesn’t have a plan to become more sustainable, do they risk alienating the next generation of consumers?

They risk alienating ALL generations of consumers. Many consumers are finally starting to see how critical the situation is and walk the walk. Plastic straws are enough to turn a bunch of people off from your fast-food or juice chain.

What can companies do to become more transparent about sustainability?

If companies are putting effort into sustainable practices, they should totally tout it, put it on the label, devote a communications effort to it, let people know, create a following. Shame other companies into doing the same. Make a lot of noise until it becomes the norm.

@kimekom Kimeko McCoy is a freelance journalist and digital marketer, who focuses on social strategy, newsletters and audience development.