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2023 One Show - Branded Entertainment

Eat a Swede

Agency McCann / Stockholm + McCann Worldgroup / London

Client The Swedish Food Federation


Long Form Video / Single

Annual ID


About the Work

Relevancy: Most sustainability campaigns are rather dull (we did them in the past, showing green pastures and happy Swedes – it didn’t work!) placing the solution in a distant future. With Eat a Swede, we used an entertainment format to subvert the conventions of the category. Background: By 2050, the global population will be 10 billion. To feed a growing global population, and slow the pace of climate change, we need to change the way we eat. But this urgency is not unanimous. So, we needed an idea that would stop people in their tracks and make them prioritize the subject. Brief: Sweden has one of the world's most sustainable food industries. The Swedish Food Federation wanted to share their knowledge, and in the process increase the competitive edge for Swedish food. Solution: To get noticed, we introduced a rather unpalatable alternative. Swede Meat is a start-up based on an outlandish idea: lab-grown meat made from human stem cells, preferably of Sweden’s biggest actor Alexander Skarsgard. Eat a Swede follows Swede Meat’s founder, Erik Karlsson, in his clumsy but determined attempts to launch Swedes as the new meat. The final moments of the almost credible film direct the viewers to a landing page where concrete examples on how to eat like a Swede and the importance of doing so were given, while also sharing Sweden’s methods for other countries to speed up their sustainable transition. Execution: We used the film format to be eligible for film festivals around the world (3 wins, 2 selections, 1 nomination) to enter the discussion from a cultural and philosophical angle. We invited journalists, influencers, food companies and decision-makers to an official launch during a premiere screening in Stockholm that was followed by a debate. Then, to reach as many as possible, bite-size content from the film were spread on social. Outcome: With a reach of 5 million people and 500 million impressions the campaign was quickly noticed and instigated a much-needed debate about the future of food and the answers from the Swedish food industry. Google searches for Swedish food increased with 360% and website visits for the Swedish Food Federation increased by 2400%.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 3




McCann / Stockholm
McCann Worldgroup / London

PR / Marketing Agency

Prime Weber Shandwick / Stockholm

Production Company

Colony / Stockholm
FLX / Stockholm

Art Director

Rikard Köhler


Erik Nyström

Chief Creative Officer

Adrian Botan

Chief Marketing Officer

Jimmy Sandell

Creative Director

Tom Beckman


Daniel Hallberg

Executive Creative Director

Josefine Richards
Markus Ahlm

Executive Producer

Carmen Bistrian


Ola Lanteli

Product Manager

Ilias Ioannidis


Lars Friberg

Account team

Markus Förberg
Petra Käll

Art Direction - Key Visual & website

Nina Kurn

Digital artist

Tobias Vermehren

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