Emission-free ice cream van travels around the world

by Chris Fairbairn

Friday, July 24th, 2020

World’s first emission-free ice cream van chimes with the help of food and drink PR

Mackie's and Nissan's No ICE ice cream van collaboration success post visual

MACKIE’S of Scotland quickly became the coolest brand around after Nissan launched its’ zero-emissions ice cream van campaign in partnership with the Scottish business in 2019.

Family-owned Mackie’s has been a leading advocate for renewables for several decades, boasting four large wind turbines, one of Scotland’s largest solar farms, as well as a range of biomass heaters. It is even gearing up to be carbon positive for the first time this year.

Far-reaching media coverage resulting from its impressive green activity led Nissan, one of the world’s largest and most recognisable brands, to initiate contact with Mackie’s, to realise its dream of producing a zero-emissions no ICE (internal combustion engine) ice cream van.

We then worked alongside Nissan’s in-house and agency teams to finalise a story and media package that delivered astonishing results, including:

  • Coverage reach in excess of 100 million (in UK alone). This is nearly double the total population ensuring many people will have seen multiple times.
  • Appearances on both BBC and ITV’s flagship magazine shows, with the van appearing on both The One Show and This Morning with Phil and Holly 
  • Global press coverage across some of the biggest news titles: Mail Online, AOL, MSN, The Sun, The Herald, The Mirror, The Scotsman, Auto Trade, Talk Radio, Yahoo, Daily Mail, The Observer, The Guardian and The Times etc.
  • Coverage in the biggest motoring publications, notably: TopGear and Auto Express 
  • Mackie’s “Sky to Scoop” messaging featuring throughout all coverage

Later in the year, the van and its supporting campaign received ‘Innovation of the Year: Technology’ and ‘Energy Efficient Partnership of the Year’ awards for Nissan with its partnership with Mackie’s

If you would like to read more about these awards, the original press release can be found here.

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Chris Fairbairn of Scottish public relations agency, Holyrood PR in Edinburgh

Chris Fairbairn

Chris Fairbairn is an Account Director with award-winning public relations agency Holyrood PR. He is part of an expert PR team delivering PR services to a wide range of clients from headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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