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P&G announces sweeping account realignments

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P&G announces sweeping account realignments

Procter & Gamble Co. announced a sweeping realignment of its $3.8 billion global agency roster. The realignment sends new work to Publicis Groupe and Grey Global Group and redistributes assignments of soon-to-be-shuttered D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, mainly within Publicis Groupe.

Publicis Worldwide will pick up two of P&G's billion-dollar global tissue-towel brands, Bounty paper towels from Arnold McGrath and Charmin toilet paper from D'Arcy. It will also get Puffs facial tissues and Tempo dry wipes from D'Arcy. Publicis' Leo Burnett picks up Arnold's Era account, which joins the Cheer and Gain brands already handled by the agency's Toronto office. Overseas, Burnett also picks up the Fairy laundry detergent brand from D'Arcy.

Grey Global gets the rest of Arnold McGrath's P&G business, including the global Zest personal wash account and Ace detergent in Europe. (Grey loses the Camay brand in Latin America to Burnett; Grey previously handled Ace bleach and sibling brands in Latin America.) Grey also picks up from D'Arcy Torengos tortilla chips, which, along with Pringles, will give it all of P&G's snack business.

The brands at Arnold McGrath received $81.2 million in measured media last year, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR. Procter had been one of Arnold McGrath's top three accounts in New York.

Almost all of D'Arcy's accounts will remain within Publicis, divided among Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Kaplan Thaler Group and Publicis Worldwide, which joins P&G's roster for the first time.

The Luvs diaper brand moves from its longtime home at Burnett to Saatchi, where it joins P&G's major global diaper brand Pampers. Saatchi will also pick up $200 million-plus oral-care business from D'Arcy, including Crest, Scope, Fixodent and two European brands. But most of the rest of P&G's drug business goes to Publicis Worldwide, which picks up DayQuil/NyQuil, Pepto Bismol, Vicks, Thermacare, Metamucil and the anticipated over-the-counter conversion of Prilosec.

P&G's Folgers and Millstone coffee brands, formerly with D'Arcy, join the company's other beverage brand, Sunny Delight, at Saatchi. The Always feminine protection business moves from D'Arcy to Burnett, which also will handle the Whisper brand along with Publicis' Beacon unit overseas.

The realignment will give P&G more pricing power with two networks, more control over conflicts and the ability to demand the best creative.

The shift results from Publicis' decision to shutter D'Arcy following its recent acquisition of the agency's former parent, Bcom3 Group. D'Arcy handled more than two dozen Procter brands, including powerhouses Crest, Folgers, Always and Charmin, and is expected to cease operations by the end of the year. It has been a P&G agency since 1941.

P&G's 2001 U.S. measured ad spending was $1.7 billion, according to CMR. Worldwide, the company spends $3.8 billion.

Source: Ad Age


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