More Than 66 Million Votes Confirm Americans Want Cheez-It® Hot & Spicy
Top Voter Lesley Yamasaki's Face is Carved into a Block of Cheese for Cheez-It Box Fame
--After tallying nearly 67 million votes, Cheez-It crackers announce Hot & Spicy flavor as America’s “Top Cheese.” http://on.fb.me/L2Ridk
--Lesley Yamasaki cast the most votes for Hot & Spicy in the Facebook contest and will have her likeness featured on select Cheez-It boxes. youtu.be/r0iDH3vVnCw
BATTLE CREEK, Mich., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This election year, countless candidates have attempted to make their way into the hearts and minds of voters, but one Cheez-It cracker variety is tops with their taste buds. Today Cheez-It Hot & Spicy was declared America's "Top Cheese" in a nationwide election held at www.Facebook.com/cheezit where his inauguration video was just released.
With nearly 67 million votes, Hot & Spicy was the clear winner revealing America's appetite for some heat in their snacks. Driving the Hot & Spicy victory was Lesley Yamasaki from Montebello, California, who cast the most votes for the Hot & Spicy candidate in the Facebook contest and will have her likeness featured on specially-marked boxes of Cheez-It crackers available November 2012. Champion cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr will carve Yamasaki's head from a block of cheese for the packaging image. Yamasaki will also receive a four-year supply of Cheez-It crackers to last her until the next national election season.
"Of course I have become your Top Cheese," said winning Cheez-It character Hot & Spicy. "My delicious and fiery nature makes me a natural fit with such passionate voters."
Between February 1 and April 5, Americans had the opportunity to vote often for their favorite Cheez-It cracker flavor on the brand's Facebook page, an election that yielded nearly 67 million total votes. To earn votes throughout the election, consumers participated in numerous activities available through the Facebook application. Hot & Spicy went head-to-head with seven other Cheez-It flavors, including Colby, Italian Four Cheese, White Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Baby Swiss , Cheddar Jack and Mozzarella. This election season involved some mouthwatering scandals including vicious and cheesy attack ads by opposing cheeses.
"Cheez-It fans are passionate about their favorite Cheez-It flavor and never has this been more apparent than in the Top Cheese election," said Lynne Vandeveer , Senior Director, Crackers. "We appreciate that dedication and while Hot & Spicy took top honors, we are committed to provide the wide variety of cheese flavors that our fans love."
While Hot & Spicy maps out his victory press tour, the seven Cheez-It flavor runners-up have voiced their opinions on the upset, which can be found at www.Facebook.com/cheezit. Mozzarella blames the cheesy attack ads for her loss, which labeled her as the cheese for "chump" change.
About Kellogg Company
Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world's leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of snacks and frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands - produced in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries - nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg's®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit www.kelloggcompany.com.
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