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FCB Joburg & Mrs Balls: Turning Meals You Like Into Ones You Love

Tiger Brands’ 147-year-old flagship brand, Mrs Balls Chutney, has taken to the small screen to reinforce its stature within the category.

While South Africa’s favourite chutney currently dominates consumers’ pantries with almost 70% of the market by volume and 74% by value, (Source: Nielsen, MAT April 2018) the brief put to FCB Joburg’s team of Creative Director Greg Cameron, Art Director Julie Thorogood and Copywriter Este de Beer by Marketing Director Edna Maphita was to relaunch Mrs Balls to gain penetration and grow brand love within the urban black market.

“Mrs Balls is one of those condiments that has you swooning after your first taste,” she said. “Extremely versatile whether you add it as an ingredient or pour it over your favourite dish, you fall in love with it over and over and over again.”

The agency’s solution is a 30-second television commercial currently flighting on SABC, ETV and DSTV channels. It shows how close the relationship is between Mrs Balls and South Africans from all walks of life, as ‘The Mrs.’ turns the moments and meals you like into those you love.

It was directed by Mzi Khumalo of Darling films with editing and post-production by Upstairs Ludus and Fuel Content, and features the 1972 R&B hit by Billy Paul, ‘Me and Mrs Jones’.


Client: Tiger Brands

Brand: Mrs Balls

Marketing Director: Edna Maphita

Marketing Manager: Deeolan Govender

Brand Manager: Vuvu Mbikwana

Creative agency: FCB Joburg

Business Unit Director: Mogani Naidoo

Account Director: Bronwyn Simons

Account Executive: Kaylyn Naicker

Chief Creative Officer: Ahmed Tilly

Creative Director: Greg Cameron

Copywriter: Este De Beer

Art Director: Julie Thorogood

Traffic Manager: Theresa Selema

Strategic planner: Sihle Dlamini & Sandiselwe Gamede

TV production: Iolanthe Grobler

Media planners: Andrea Snaddon & Ronel Pote – The Media Shop

Production companies: Darling Films

Directors: Mzi Khumalo

Editor: Upstairs Ludus and Fuel Content

Post-production: Fuel Content