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Folgers Mornings Get a Comedy Makeover in Highly Caffeinated Ads

Red satin-clad choir joyfully harmonises amid chaotic and relatable starts to the day in films from Publicis Groupe’s Power of One

Folgers Mornings Get a Comedy Makeover in Highly Caffeinated Ads

Folgers mornings just got a lot more real, and a lot more entertaining, in a hysterically modern take on the iconic notion that ‘The Best Part of Wakin’ Up Is Folgers in Your Cup’. Enter the new Folgers Choir – more formally known as the Folgers Morning Harmonizers – a red satin-clad ensemble of seven men and women who randomly show up in the midst of difficult mornings, helping alleviate tension with both a smile and a steaming hot cup of Folgers Coffee. The Folgers Choir is sure to brighten your morning, even if you just threw back the shower curtain on your father-in-law soaping up, got stuck in the middle seat in the worst carpool ever or witnessed an unsuccessful, but equally dramatic, Santa Claus entrance by dad.


The campaign features three broadcast commercials, online video, digital banners, social and digital radio. The campaign is from Publicis Groupe’s Power of One solution, PSOne, a bespoke agency for The J.M. Smucker Company.


“Over the last year we have been on a journey to transform our brands creatively and we now have proof points in this new creative work for Folgers Coffee,” stated Liz Mayer, consumer engagement & omnichannel customer marketing lead, The J.M. Smucker Company. “We needed to reinvigorate what is ownable to the brand’s DNA, yet do it in a modern, relatable way and the new campaign delivers just that.”

“For Folgers Coffee, our objective for the creative was to shift our storytelling from traditions of the past to modern relatable mornings,” commented Tina Meyer-Hawkes, vice president of marketing on coffee, The J.M. Smucker Company. “So, we wanted to celebrate the quality of the coffee in a truly breakthrough way. PSOne created outstanding storylines to propel the brand forward!”


“Folgers Coffee is beloved by most, and we want to make sure it’s relevant to even more coffee lovers,” commented Andy Bird, chief creative officer, PSOne. “In order to reinvigorate the brand, we needed to do more than just modernise an existing asset like the famous jingle –  we had to create new, more relevant one. And so, the Folgers Choir was created. It’s a new brand icon capable of narrating the most unexpected morning. This campaign is set out to be ridiculous, hilarious and wonderfully nostalgic at the same time. I hope we succeeded.”

“When you think about The Best Part of Wakin’ Up it’s nothing like what it was in the '80s,” stated Erica Roberts, executive creative director, PSOne. “Very few of us can relate to images of someone sitting at the edge of a bed, stretching their arms as a rooster crows. Mornings today are nonstop, multi-tasking chaos. And in order to make this legacy brand relevant again, we needed to tap into that truth. We searched for the perfect morning moments, ones that pushed right to the edge of plausibility and that’s where we found the humour. Well, there and in our red satin-clad Choir. I’m just so proud of the team for breathing humour into a brand and the part of our everyday that deserve it most.”

The campaign is a very relatable nod to the million ways mornings can go wrong, from unexpected houseguests and nightmarish carpools, to holiday morning mishaps. The great taste of Folgers Coffee helps you smile in the face of morning adversity, no matter what those first few hours throw at you. This fun body of work trades in soothing morning bliss, for a much more realistic, chaotic and hilariously empathetic take on the start to the day. Starring in this fresh, new campaign is the new Folgers Choir, an ensemble of seven men and women who show up in the midst of difficult mornings to help alleviate morning tension with a smile and a steaming hot cup of Folgers Coffee. The Choir is the embodiment of the new brand feel, from their flashy all-red attire and cheery dispositions, to their refreshingly candid jingles, each of which is set to an updated version of the classic The Best Part of Wakin’ Up Folgers Coffee jingle.
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Client: The J.M. Smucker Company

Brand: Folgers Coffee

Campaign Title: The Folgers Harmonizers

Agency: PSOne

Agency Location: New York

Chief Creative Officer: Andy Bird

Executive Creative Director: Erica Roberts

Assoc. Creative Director/Copy: Kelly Mahon

Assoc. Creative Director/Art: Kelly Saucier

Director of Integrated Production: Jenny Read

Executive Producer: Lauren Schneidmuller

Associate Producer Kathryn Lemke

Director of Business Affairs: Robin Oksenhendler

Business Manager: Deanna Gattie

Group Account Director: Yuri Lee

VP, Account Director: Tabatha Roman

Account Executive: Nia Bolling

Strategy Director: Jennifer Baldwin

Strategist: Jessica Neira

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Director: Andreas Nilsson

Partner / Managing Director: Shawn Lacy

Executive Producer: Holly Vega

UPM: Jay Veal

Head of Production: Mercedes Allen-Sarria, Rachel Glaub

Director of Photography: Larkin Seiple

Production Designer: Alexis Ross

Editorial Company: MackCut Editorial

Editor: Ryan Steele

Assistant Editor: Devon Flint

Executive Producer: Gina Pagano

Music House: Pulse Music

Composer: Charles Humenry

Executive Producer: Dan Kuby

Producer: Miranda Grieco

Audio Post Production Company: Super Exploder

Senior Sound Designer/Mixer: Jody Nazzaro

VFX Company: The Mill NY

Producer: Alliah Mourad

Creative Director: Nathan Kane

Colorist: Fergus McCall

CG Artist: Cedric Mernard

2D Artists: Dhruv Shankar, Nasser Mandavi, Roger Cerqua, Yongjae Lee, Anton Anderson, Alexis Jo, Andrew Emmerson, James Cudahy, Blake Druery

Category: Hot Beverages , Soft Drinks

Genre: Comedy , Dialogue , Music performance , People