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HEINZ Uses Iconic 57 to Demystify the Super Bowl’s Confusing Roman Numerals



Ketchup brand and Rethink launch 'LVII Meanz 57' to uplift fan voices and set the record straight

HEINZ Uses Iconic 57 to Demystify the Super Bowl’s Confusing Roman Numerals

Roman numerals are ancient history. However, while they’ve been obsolete since the 13th century, year after year, they are a Big Game constant that never fails to confuse and bewilder fans. Ahead of this year’s LVII (a-hem 57th) game, HEINZ sets the record straight and provides clarity amidst the confusion – in a way and year only HEINZ can – with its iconic 57. Today, the brand launches 'LVII Meanz 57,' rallying viewers to drop the Roman numerals and call the Big Game what it really is: 57.

Last year, hundreds of people took to social media during the Big Game to share their frustration and confusion over the use of Roman numerals. To help these passionate fans have their voices heard, HEINZ launches this website where people can vote on whether the time has finally come to retire the Roman numerals. HEINZ also encourages fans to share their thoughts on social media using #LVIIMeanz57.

In commemoration, HEINZ unveils limited-edition, specialty labelled ketchup bottles sporting 'LVII Meanz 57' where the iconic 57 has proudly stood on its label for over 100 years. Fans who vote in the poll, regardless of their point of view, have a chance to win one of their very own. 

“The annual return of these impractical Roman numerals consistently leave fans vexed and perplexed,” says Alyssa Cicero, brand manager, HEINZ. “For over 100 years, HEINZ has been synonymous with the number 57, and this year, Big Game LVII is too. What better time for HEINZ to use its iconic and trademarked 57 to modernize this practice and clarify that 'LVII Meanz 57?’ We know viewers across North America are invested in this, and we want to use our platform to elevate their frustrations.”

HEINZ put passerbys’ knowledge to the test (Heinz US and Heinz CA) and the results are clear: Roman numerals are as outdated as the abacus! From puzzling symbols to unclear subtraction rules, fans across the board are sent into a spiral of uncertainty.

“We think numbers are easier to understand when they aren’t letters. Our hunch was that the rest of the world shared our frustration,” said Mike Dubrick, CCO of Rethink. “The people we spoke to agreed - we should just call 57, 57. And who better to lead that change than Heinz - who has been synonymous with the number 57 for over 100 years.”

To cast a vote and for more details and official rules and restrictions, visit here. Fans have until Feb. 12th to vote.


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Rethink, Thu, 26 Jan 2023 17:08:40 GMT