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KP Snacks set to make a packet from sponsorship deal with new cricket format – The Hundred

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KP Snacks set to make a packet from sponsorship deal with new cricket format – The Hundred

In the summer of 2020, a new 100-ball cricket tournament – The Hundred – will be launched in England and Wales featuring eight entirely new teams representing seven cities. To coincide with the drafting of players, the teams have jointly launched their kits for next year – all featuring a high fat, sugar and/or salt snack brand.

In July 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced KP Snacks as the new official team partner for The Hundred, pledging to help grow the game of cricket and get families active.

The Hundred, the new 100-ball format set to launch in July 2020, will be played at the height of summer over the course of five weeks.  Men’s and women’s teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (based at Lord’s and the Oval) will compete in the new format broadcast live on Sky Sports and the BBC.

But the new long-term partnership with KP Snacks, owned by Intersnack, enables them to market several of their high fat, sugar and/or salt (HFSS) brands simultaneously. Butterkist popcorn, KP Nuts, Tyrells, Skips, Hula Hoops, McCoys, Popchips and Pom Bears will feature across the shirts of the eight new teams, more prominently than the new franchises themselves.

The promotion of junk food and high-sugar drinks through sport is certainly nothing new and some of cricket’s biggest players are no exception with several high-profile partnerships with energy-dense, nutrient-poor food and beverages currently in play. Australia’s Big Bash league is sponsored by KFC and the International Cricket Council signed a five-year deal with Coca-Cola in 2019, which provides brand exposure to the high-sugar drinks manufacturer through both the men’s and women’s World Cup competitions.

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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 10:15