Snyder’s of Hanover moved production of its pretzels to a peanut-free facility and wanted to spread the news to consumers. This change would make a big difference for families with peanut allergies that previously might have avoided Snyder’s products.
School Family Media’s Back2School program was a perfect fit. School Family Media knew the announcement would resonate with families with school-age kids. According to Consumer Reports, almost one-third of schools have banned peanut products entirely (a number that is growing) and most others already have nut-free zones. Back2School offered the right audience and contextual environment for the introduction, using key influencers to spread the word.
More than half a million samples of Snyder’s pretzels were included in the Back2School parent gift packs, along with coupons to encourage future purchase. PTO and PTA leaders personally distributed the packs to parents at back-to-school events across the country, calling attention to the new “peanut-free” logo on the sample.
The pretzels were a hit with families at back-to-school events, with 98% of families trying the samples. Fewer than 25% of the parents knew Snyder’s were peanut-free before the back-to-school events—but after finding out, half of them indicated they would be more likely to purchase Snyder’s. Overall, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive from school parents looking for snacks to bring into school that are safe for all students.
school PTO and PTA groups
parents and families
of families tried the samples
Karen Maloney, PTO president
West End Elementary North Plainfield, N.J.
#thanksptotoday Thanks for the help with a Great start to our 2016-2017 Open House! Our WHES Families ❤ them! pic.twitter.com/2Ed2lPMd3o— Tiffanie James (@james_tiffanie) September 4, 2016
#thanksptotoday for the awesome sample packs to hand out tonight during our open house! We are #backtoschool and so excited!! #wcsflight pic.twitter.com/FFQG7KNmLL— WCS_PTO (@wcs_pto) August 29, 2018
#thanksptotoday #strongerschool#ATK pic.twitter.com/58vYbtjUEh— Cassi Fortier (@Cassiopia1981) August 25, 2017
Thanks to our president and vice president for working the PTA table tonight, and to PTO Today for the gift packs that we handed out to families. #thanksptotoday #backtoschool— Orchard Hollow PTA (@Orch_Hollow_PTA) October 17, 2018
Thanks also to our hospitality committee for supplying our staff with dinner tonight.