Gatorade Connects to 'G' in Super Bowl Effort Two New Ads Directed by Spike Lee Drive Traffic to Online Site

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gatorade Company, a division of PepsiCo (PEP), will reveal for the first time it has been behind the "What's G" campaign in two new ads featuring an impressive roster of 16 athletes representing 10 sports on Super Bowl XLIII. Narrating one of the ads is Grammy nominated artist Lil' Wayne who defines what "G" means in a Gatorade context as the heart, hustle and soul of athleticism. In the second spot, the athletes define what "G" means to them. Previous versions of the "What's G" commercials, which launched during the Rose Bowl, ended with only a "G." This approach left it to consumers to connect the ads to Gatorade through the "G" and iconic lightning bolt on the newly redesigned Gatorade Thirst Quencher packaging which began to appear on store shelves in December.

"Our tease 'G' campaign played out just as we planned by generating intrigue and conversation among people who often connected the dots to Gatorade and thought about the brand in a completely new context," said Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief marketing officer for Gatorade. "When people create parodies of your commercial and post them on YouTube as several have, you know you've really engaged them."

In addition to the ads, Gatorade will have a major presence in the game with its coolers, cups, squeeze bottles, and towels, which have been officially fueling players on the sidelines of the NFL since 1983. Just as Gatorade has introduced a whole new look for its packaging, the brand is unveiling a transformed design for its sidelines equipment which elevates "G" along with the classic bolt logo. What hasn't changed is the Gatorade name and that the nation's leading sports drink continues to deliver the scientifically proven hydration and performance benefits that built the brand.

"Having the world's best athletes drinking Gatorade during the most important game in their lives sends a powerful message to millions of Super Bowl viewers that nothing rehydrates, replenishes and refuels better than Gatorade," said Dr. Craig Horswill, senior research fellow at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).

Both Gatorade Super Bowl spots will drive people to a new online sports and entertainment network that will engage consumers in all the dimensions of "G" in a Gatorade context. The portal offers original content, entertainment programming, social networking and gaming and provides viewers opportunities to personalize their experience through specific channels, preference settings and subscriptions.

The site will showcase a new series featuring eight renowned athletes who confront extraordinary challenges, such as a mob of hecklers or a hyperkinetic dance group, on their quest for "G." The segments have an outrageously comic style that is a real departure from what people have come to expect from Gatorade. Also premiering on the site beginning Super Bowl Sunday are five shows:

Replay

-- What if you could replay the biggest high school football game of your life years later in front of a hometown crowd of 20,000? That's the premise of Replay. The series' first rematch focuses on one of the nation's most famous high school football rivalries, the Easton-area Red Rovers and the Phillipsburg Stateliners, which USA Today calls the "game of the century played every year." The series searches for the original players in the 1993 game (which ended in a 7-7 tie) and reunites them for training with specialists from the Gatorade Sport Science Institute and professional coaches. The ultimate tie-breaker will be played sometime in mid-April 2009.

Quest for G - the Series

-- Gatorade is on a search to find athletes with pure, raw talent but without the opportunity or resources for elite training. Gatorade will select eight individuals for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live together in an intensive boot camp with renowned sports legends Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Marv Marinovich, Mark Verstegen and elite specialists from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI). The athletes will receive every opportunity to help them compete for the gold and reach the pinnacle of their sport.

Leave it on the Floor

-- "Cool" as defined by kids. "Leave it on the Floor" takes you on a tour inside dance culture -- defining the latest trends in fashion, music, choreography and swagger as it happens.

Blokhedz

-- Blokhedz chronicles the saga of young Blak, a 17 year old superhero in the form of an aspiring rapper blessed with a mystical gift to turn his rhymes into reality. Based on the hugely popular graphic novel of the same name.

Freestyle Sessions 10

-- The "Freestyle Sessions" is a competition amongst the world's best break-dancers. The 10th anniversary World Freestyle Sessions has 5000 competitors representing six continents.

The new portal, advertising and sidelines redesign are part of an overall strategy to shake things up from the sidelines to the shelf to appeal to a broader range of athletes and active people. Gatorade has also introduced enhanced product extensions with bold, loaded-with-athlete-attitude names like "Bring It," "No Excuses," "Be Tough" and "Shine On" on the label and the added nutrition benefits of vitamins inside.

About Gatorade

The Gatorade Company is a division of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP). The Gatorade hydration portfolio includes the nation's leading sports drink, Gatorade(R) Thirst Quencher, as well as Gatorade Tiger(TM) Focus, G2(R) and propel(R). Gatorade is designed to meet the needs of all athletes, no matter where they're active. Gatorade is backed by more than 40 years of research and is scientifically formulated and athletically proven to quench thirst, replace fluids and electrolytes, and provide carbohydrate energy to enhance athletic performance. G2 is a low-calorie sports drink containing electrolytes, B vitamins and antioxidant vitamins C and E to support a healthy lifestyle. Gatorade Tiger Focus has theanine, which when combined with advanced hydration and carbohydrate, helps promote mental focus. As a line of lightly flavored, nutrient-enhanced water beverages, propel has 10 calories per eight-ounce serving and essential vitamins. PepsiCo's overall hydration portfolio includes leadership brands Gatorade, propel, Aquafina(R) and SoBe Life Water(R). For more information, please visit http://www.gatorade.com and http://www.pepsico.com.

SOURCE The Gatorade Company



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