Iowa Beef Farmers Weigh In On Revamped Beef. It's Whats For Dinner. Brand

Iowa Beef Farmers Weigh In On Revamped Beef. It's What's For Dinner. Brand

January 4, 2018
Contact:
Brooke German, Director of Marketing, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-296-2305
Steve Rehder, Chair, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 712-463-2073, ssrehder@gmail.com 

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AMES, IA –  Beef farmers in Iowa are excited about the relaunch of the iconic Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand that has captured the attention of millions of consumers and evolved as one of the top commodity food brands over the past quarter century.

The relaunch began Oct. 3 with the unveiling of the new BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com website, complete with a new look and logo. The updated website combines eight checkoff owned websites into one digital destination about all things beef, including more than 800 beef recipes, beef cuts and cooking tips, beef nutrition information and a new section on raising beef that invites people to “Rethink the Ranch” with videos and stories about the people who help bring beef to market. Overall, the comprehensive website now provides an even more interactive experience on all things beef, from cuts and cookery to a robust collection of beef recipes.

“Our Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. brand has been a tremendous asset for beef farmers and ranchers and beef promotion through the years,” according to Steve Rehder, a Iowa beef industry leader from Hawarden. “We’re excited to relaunch that brand to the next generation of consumers and remind them that beef will always be what’s for dinner – and breakfast, lunch and the occasional snack.”

Rehder, who is a beef farmer and serves as the Iowa Beef Industry Council chairman, says the relaunch features many of the brand’s valuable assets, including Aaron Copland’s famous “Hoe-down” from Rodeo music, while adding new creative elements. Recognizing that consumers today want to know more about the people who raise their food, the campaign relaunched by strengthening the story of the people behind Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. and will continue over the next year to celebrate the people who raise beef, the great taste of beef and the powerful nutritional benefits beef provides.

The original Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner campaign launched in May 1992 using a broad range of marketing elements, including print and television. Today the methods of conveying information to consumers have changed dramatically, with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. going entirely digital in 2014 to reach consumers through social media and digital advertising.

Over the summer, video was gathered with beef producers coast-to-coast to develop a series of videos that capture the passion and commitment to animal care of the people who raise beef. As a centerpiece of the campaign, the team developed a 90-second video that tells the beef production story, titled “Rethink the Ranch,” along with a series of five additional videos, and shared those videos through Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and other social media platforms, including the new BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com website.

“For the past 25 years, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. has helped slow a decades-long decline in per capita beef consumption,” according to Alisa Harrison, senior vice president, Global Marketing and Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the beef checkoff. “The brand still has tremendous equity. Using the powerful medium of digital, we have relaunched the brand to deliver what our consumers want today – transparency about their food, inspiration on how to enjoy the delicious taste of beef, and information about the unique protein benefits beef provides.”

“It’s an exciting way to refresh and enhance our beef brand,” according to Rehder. “Today’s beef consumers will be encouraged to purchase beef more often through this educational and inspirational beef checkoff program.”

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About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit www.iabeef.org

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IBIC chairman, Steve Rehder, beef farmer from Hawarden, weighs in on the new Beef. It's What's For Dinner. brand.


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