ADC Awards

The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now in its incredible 102nd year, these awards celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging and product design, motion, experiential and spatial design, photography, illustration and fashion design all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.

2023 ADC Awards - Brand / Communication Design

Vintage Drip

Agency Rethink + Kraft Heinz

Client Kraft Heinz


Promotional / Apparel

Annual ID


About the Work

Lately every brand is dropping a fashion collab to target Gen-Z. Heinz wanted to reinvigorate their connection with this younger audience too, but without being just another brand with a random fashion line. But why make a new line when Heinz Ketchup has been leaving its mark on clothes for generations? Instead of creating more disposable fast-fashion, we created a celebration of sustainability featuring fashion’s biggest names. Introducing Heinz Vintage Drip, a thrifted collection of luxe and streetwear brands all with Heinz ketchup stains. The collection came as the fashion industry trends toward thrifting, with 62% of Gen-Z and millennials looking for second-hand clothing rather than purchasing new. Used clothes with wear-and-tear, and even stains, were being embraced. We saw an opportunity to embrace the stain and give a second life to clothes that would normally be thrown out. We partnered with thredUP, the world’s largest resale platform, and a leader in fashion sustainability, to house the collection. It featured 157 unique thrifted items from Gucci, Nike, YSL and more - making it the largest unauthorized brand collab ever. At launch, Heinz Vintage Drip appeared all over New York Fashion Week, scored a full segment on the Drew Barrymore Show, earned praise from the singer SZA, and was featured on publications like CBS, Unilad, and The Daily Mail. Even other brands like Tide and Burger King jumped in on the action and posted Heinz-stained clothes of their own. The campaign garnered over 1.75B earned impressions - more than 400% above benchmarks. Our shoppable OLV delivered over 10MM impressions, drove over 135k visits to thredUP’s Heinz page, had an ER over 100% above benchmarks. The collection sold out and all proceeds went to Rise Against Hunger. In the end we proved that when it’s Heinz, it’s not a stain - it's a statement.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 9




PR / Marketing Agency

Middle Child / Toronto
Zeno Group / Toronto

Client / Brand

Kraft Heinz

Production Company

Undivided Creative / Toronto
Gimmick Studios / Toronto
Post-Moderne / Toronto

Music / Sound Production Company

Oso Audio / Toronto

Media Distribution Company

Carat / Toronto

Media Agency

Starcom / Toronto

Chief Creative Officer

Aaron Starkman
Mike Dubrick


Nina Djacic

Creative Director

Zachary Bautista


Nikki Ormerod


Tyler Erdelac

Executive Producer

Scott Houghton

Account Director

Kai De Bruyn Kops
David Greisman

Account Supervisor

Emily Anzarouth

Associate Creative Director

Geoff Baillie


TI Group

Account Manager

Rachel Cloth

Broadcast Producer

Alex Butt


Ismaël Ouattara

Group Account Director

Jamie Sutherland

Head of Brand Communications

Megan Lang

Post Supervisor

Megan O’Connor
Shannon Ing

Print producer

Agnes Gilchrist
Aj Merrick

Studio Director

Brad Kumar

Related Awards





Follow Us