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illycaffè rolls out its new integrated communication campaign for the UK

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MILAN – This week, the new illycaffè integrated communication campaign has launched in the UK and abroad, with different formats adapted for digital channels. The campaign claim is “Welcome on the Road to Happiness”, highlighting the inclusive, shared and social value of the quest for happiness as a common heritage, in particular for all those contributing to the making of a little wonder in a cup of coffee.

Going through the evocative atmosphere of the long journey from farming to consumption, the campaign will convey the essence of illycaffè brand in its three components: product quality (Good), social and environmental sustainability (Goodness) and the relation with art and aesthetics (Beauty).

“Welcome on the Road to Happiness” explores a place where the skilful hands of growers, supported by our green coffee experts, produce their best coffee beans in the most sustainable way; where illy coffee experts select different varieties of Arabica coffee, enhancing them in a perfect balance, and achieving the unique illy blend; where baristas not only make coffee, but they also offer an extraordinary experience, and where artists contribute with beauty, giving their finishing touch, providing universal access to their art, every day.

Michelangelo Pistoletto, one of the greatest living artists – who has been working with illy for over 20 years – is also contributing to the campaign to point out the inseparable relation between illy coffee quality and art, completing and enhancing it.

Happiness is represented in a circular path, both in the filming techniques and, especially, in its true meaning: a daily quest bringing people together, which comes to its fruition in social life, inclusion and mutual support; this is the greatest lesson from the difficult time the world is going through. We can be happy – and this is the actual cultural message – if others are happy too, not at the expense of other people. Therefore, happiness is conceived as a “circular path focussing on people”, as described in one of the copies of the campaign, where each one of us can contribute to a world based on care and respect for people and the environment. The new campaign is also a tribute to Trieste, where the Company was founded, as it also includes clips of its sea and its amazing main square, Piazza Unità d’Italia.

“The campaign aims, first and foremost, to communicate what has been driving illy for more than three generations: the mission to offer the best coffee in the world and make people smile” said Massimiliano Pogliani, illycaffè CEO. “But there’s also a deeper meaning to this: implementing the great values of our time, as conceived by a company based on ethics, promoting shared wellbeing and looking at the future with optimism and hope. There’s a common drive to build, also in daily life, a better world based on sustainability, transparency and enhancing people value. These are the same values that have enabled us to become the first Italian coffee company to obtain the B Corp certification. Welcome on the Road to Happiness is a journey from the bean to the cup, but also it is also the path of the authentic human spirit”.

The eclectic American director, writer and artist, André Stringer, was selected for the filming. He has masterly built an image-based narrative providing a powerful message of illy brand campaign and identity.

“Coffee is associated with creativity, it’s an extraordinary ally in the creative effort, conveying a sense of energy and vitality, excitement and euphoria”, said director André Stringer. “Coffee is also a powerful symbol of social life, an incredible opportunity to connect”.

The new communication campaign has been conceived with IPG Coffee Table, the strategic-creative think tank of Interpublic Group, designed with its proprietary process, “Open Architecture”, based on the international selection of the best talents of the holding company to provide a customized response to the needs of global customers depending on their regions and markets.

The campaign includes different formats: the digital format on asset display and the video formats of 60″, 30″, 15″.

illycaffè: “Welcome on the Road to Happiness”:

Director – André Stringer
DP – John Lynch

Executive Producer – Debora Magnavacca
Production Manager – Antonio Radice Fossati
Producer – Guglielmo Fava
Junior Producer – Francesca Bellone
Post Producer – Roberta Caimi

Art Department – Andrea Rosso
Styling – Daniela Verdenelli

Editor – Vilma Conte
Social Content Editor – Romina Bagatin

Post-Produzione – EDI

KV Photographers – FM Photographers
Director Social Content – Danae Mauro