Asda Challenges Luxury Food Retailers in a Bold Taste Test Campaign

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Battle of the Tastes

Asda, the British supermarket retailer, has launched an audacious new campaign that takes a direct shot at high-end luxury food retailers. The campaign, created by Havas London, is centered around the idea that quality food should be accessible to all and not just a privileged few.

The Campaign

The integrated campaign includes two 30-second adverts and will be featured across various platforms, including social media, PR, print, and radio. It is part of Asda’s new brand platform, ‘That’s more like it’. The campaign is produced by Havas’ AI-focused global content platform, Prose on Pixels, and features real people participating in taste tests.

In an exciting twist, Asda has pitted its food products against those of luxury brands such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, and Selfridges. The taste tests are hosted by the founders of YouTube’s Sorted Food. Among the products taste-tested are Asda’s Extra Special range of gourmet burgers, raspberry conserve, and Nocerella olives. Participants voted these products to taste better than their Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Selfridges counterparts.

Additionally, Asda launched the UK’s first ‘FoodTok House’, inviting TikTok chefs and content creators to live together for a week, cooking with Asda’s summer products to showcase their quality.

A Food Revolution

Asda, under its new owners, the Issa Brothers and TDR Capital Ltd, is investing millions in improving the quality and taste of its food. This campaign is part of Asda’s strategy to increase footfall and pay off existing debt by releasing new product ranges.

Sam Dickson, Acting Chief Customer Officer at Asda, emphasized that the campaign is about proving that amazing taste and value are within everyone’s reach. He mentioned that each product has its own quality story, such as burgers made with 30-day dry-aged Aberdeen Angus beef and raspberry conserve made by a family business that started in 1873.

Asda 2023 ad Challenges Luxury Food
Asda 2023 ad Challenges Luxury Food

Flipping the Script

Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer of Havas London, stated that the new campaign for Asda “flips the script”. It doesn’t just tell the nation that Asda holds its own against the very best in quality at an affordable price, but it proves it through rigorous taste tests involving food experts and real people.

Final Thoughts

Asda’s latest campaign is a bold move that challenges the perception that quality food is synonymous with high prices. By putting its products head-to-head against luxury brands in a taste test, Asda is making a statement about the quality of its offerings. This campaign could resonate with consumers, especially those who are budget-conscious but do not want to compromise on taste and quality. However, it remains to be seen how the luxury brands will respond to this direct challenge.

Asda 2023 ad Challenges Luxury Food
Asda Challenges Luxury Food advert


  • Democratizing Quality: By comparing its products to those of luxury brands, Asda is making a statement that quality food should be accessible to everyone. This could resonate with a wide audience, especially those who are budget-conscious.
  • Engaging and Relatable: The use of real people in taste tests makes the campaign relatable and authentic. It also engages the audience by showing genuine reactions and opinions.
  • Multi-Platform Approach: The campaign’s presence across various platforms including social media, PR, print, and radio ensures a wider reach and caters to different audience preferences.


  • Potential Backlash: Directly comparing itself to luxury brands could invite criticism or backlash from those brands or their loyal customers.
  • High Expectations: By positioning its products as comparable to luxury brands, Asda sets high expectations. If customers feel that the products do not live up to these expectations, it could negatively impact the brand.
  • Overemphasis on Price: While the campaign focuses on affordability, it might be seen as too price-focused, and some consumers might question the sustainability or ethical aspects of the products.
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