WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The World Food Championships is the largest competition in Food Sport, where champions of previous events around the world convene in Dallas, Texas for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of a $350,000 prize purse. The World Food Championships platform ranges from live-event integration and activations to a robust multimedia platform that serves culinary stars, home cooks, brands and destinations. Since its debut in 2012, WFC has acquired to 30+ TV food stars, awarded more than $1.5 million in prize money, garnered more than 6 billion media impressions, and connected 150+ food brands with food fans, food bloggers, and food media. In short, it has given birth to “Food Sport” by providing a level playing field, a fair judging system, a creative culinary fest, and a process that allows the culinary elite to show their chops and earn the respect they deserve.
MOBILE CHEF TOUR
In 2019, MMA Creative kicked off a Mobile Chef Tour with the help of our friends at Walmart. The 70 foot, self-sustaining, transforming mobile kitchen traveled to 11 major markets across the country, literally unfolding in storefronts to bring customers an elevated sampling experience. More than a dozen of WFC’s Food Champs had the opportunity to share fresh recipes and the passion of Food Sport with food fans everywhere while creating an average of 5% fresh product sales increase on the day of the event.
PEPSICO FALL FOOTBALL TOUR
MMA Creative was proud to be apart of the PepsiCo Fall Football Tour at Walmart Supercenters in 36 key locations. Our team oversaw the contracting and coordinating of culinary talent for tailgating activations using PepsiCo products, an official sponsor of the National Football League.
In May of 2019, MMA Creative helped Academy Sports + Outdoors connect with their shoppers by offering authentic barbecue and encouraging their grilling efforts. In total, 5,500 samples were served at 25 Southeast and Midwest retail locations.
YACHT CLUB DINNER PARTY
While on the coast of Alabama, WFC partnered with a wine distributor to pair several varietals with past Champion dishes. This VIP strategy treated 50 foodies and influencers to an unforgettable progressive dinner that took place on five different yachts and lasted for almost two hours. Each patron got to meet the Champions who had won over $250,000 and taste their unique dishes, perfectly paired with our wine sponsor's offerings. The wine sponsor captured new customers for a wine club, and WFC received over 500,000 social media impressions.
COWBOY CHARCOAL FIRE & ICE WOMEN’S BARBEQUE SERIES
On behalf of Cowboy Charcoal, mmacreative helped design, launch and operate the first-ever female barbeque competition series. The series was created to celebrate the efforts and talents of the top Lady Pitmasters in the sport of competition barbeque, which is typically dominated by men. This series takes place over a six-month period and culminates at the World Food Championships with the top ten ladies going head to head over two days of competition. The top three scoring female pitmasters with the highest combined scores are awarded with a prize pack of cash and jewelry of over $25,000. Now entering its third season, the top ten finalists will also be able to nominate their favorite charity to win up to a $10,000 donation.
In 2017, WFC introduced a brand new ancillary competition as a way to get both young and old food fans involved in the culinary scene. Three seasoned pros set out to make their grandkids proud in the first annual Granny Grilling competition. The three grannies had no restrictions on what to create for their grilling challenge, but they had to keep one thing top of mind -- their judges. Unlike typical cooking competitions, this challenge featured a panel of 20 kid judges. The unique competition caught the attention of Hearst Communications and was featured on Delish.com’s “Kinda a Big Deal” series, garnering over 300,000 views.
On behalf of a new "white label" product rollout, mmacreative built a diverse communication and live-event initiative for Kraft Foods to target specific audiences in 20 different urban markets. This ground-breaking program involved 450 grassroots activations over a period of four months, all of which provided the client with both local and national consumer data critical to its product development, placement and marketing.