|Name of Publication||Place of Publication||Date of Publication|
|A&M||New Delhi||15 May 1998|
THE CANDY company
is back. Candico India has nationally launched After Smoke mints. The
company already sells mints under the Mint-O brand, along with a variant
So why the need to launch a third mint? Says Achal Khaneja, Senior Manager, Brand and Relationships, "Mint-O After Smoke promises clean breath and is specifically a smoker's product." It is priced at Rs. 3 for a roll of 10 mints and 25 paise for a single mint pouch. The primary market comprises the 21-45-year-old smoker of filter kings, who is educated, and is either executive, self-employed or businessman. The secondary audience includes all smokers. As Khaneja says, "The person should be highly status-motivated, image-conscious and open to new products that enhance his self esteem and social standing. He is socially mobile, a regular smoker (one who smokes 10 or more cigarettes per day) and is more likely to purchase cigarette packs rather than single sticks."
However, since the USP of After Smoke is that it provides fresh breath even after smoking, it is more likely to be devoured by youngsters wanting to rid them selves of the incriminating smell before entering the house, but the company refrains from saying this out loud. The advertising, being handled by Ambience, is going to be tongue-in-cheek. And the packaging will carry humorous warning such as : 'smokers ' breath can ruin your love life'.
comes from brand such as Clorets and Chloromints, Khaneja feels that After
Smoke is secure as the other two are general breath fresheners and not
specific to smokers. Going by the same logic there is no question of being
eaten up by Mint-O either. Khaneja places the overall market for mints at
175 tones a month(since it is largely an urban, phenomenon),of which the
Mint-O range claims to have 40 percent share. The other major player is
Nestle's Polo. The market saw intense activity as the two brands fought for
consumer preference last year. The new entrant may rekindle the war. The
product will be manufactured at the company's plant in Nagpur and will be
distributed in all towns with population of 25,000 and above.
The company claims that
it will be available in two lakh outlets.