Publicis Media retains China, UK and wins Italy in Ferrero review


Publicis Media has expanded its remit with Ferrero after winning Italy, the confectionery giant’s home market, as well as retaining several other key territories, including China and the UK 

Dentsu International is also understood to have expanded its remit, retaining markets including Germany, and adding new markets such as Japan, South Korea and Mexico.

Media executives expect the US, one of Ferrero’s most important territories, where Mindshare is the incumbent, to review separately.

WPP’s Mindshare previously handled media for Ferrero in Italy, which is thought to be the biggest market in Europe for the company behind brands including Kinder, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher.

The Italian media account is worth up to €150m (£128m), according to Engage, an Italian business publication, which reported Publicis Media’s win.

Publicis Media’s Starcom has been the incumbent in the UK since 2019.

Ferrero has been aggressively expanding from Europe in recent years, opening a factory in China in 2015 and acquiring several US brands from Nestlé in 2018 and Kellogg in 2019.

In late 2019 it moved much of its media buying and planning, then estimated to be worth as much as $950m globally, from PHD to Mindshare, including the key US portion.

However, a later review in the UK did not go entirely smoothly. Both Starcom and incumbent PHD were considered and both initially failed to agree terms with Ferrero before Starcom was appointed.

A few months later, Starcom also won the business in China, from Dentsu International’s Carat. 

Publicis Media, Mindshare and Dentsu International declined to comment. 

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