Urban Eat. shortlisted for top UK sandwich award

The brand’s relaunch campaign for its plant-based range is up for a coveted Marketing Award at the Sammies 2023


Food-to-go brand Urban Eat. has been announced as a finalist at The British Sandwich Industry Awards 2023 (also known as the Sammies) for a stand-out student marketing campaign designed to re-launch its plant-based range, Roots.

The successful campaign strategy was built on extensive research into the target audience of meat reducers and excluders, of which Gen Z makes up a large percentage. Armed with this insight, Urban Eat. constructed a digital-led advertising and sampling campaign to build awareness of the Roots range to students up and down the country.

The brand targeted six key sites across the UK with high student populations. No less than 52 individual screens were installed in student accommodation across these sites, playing eye-catching imagery announcing Roots’ arrival onto the campus. The messaging and language in the digital ads was cleverly developed to resonate with the Gen Z consumer, along with a crucial call-to-action for students to purchase the range directly from their university shop or café. In total the screens had 3.2 million ad impressions reaching 37,000 unique students. Samples were also given out to a whopping 5,000 students during bespoke sampling events.

This highly targeted approach impressed the Sammies’ judging panel, made up of industry experts from across the sandwich and food-to-go sector. The overall winner will be announced during the ceremony and gala dinner on Thursday May 4 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

“We are over the moon to be recognised by the Sammies judges for our Roots campaign,” said Abigail Nelson-Ehoff, Brand Manager at Urban Eat. “It’s work we’re super proud of, with some fantastic results and brilliant customer feedback. To now be shortlisted for one of the industry’s most prestigious awards is the cherry on the cake. Roll on May!”

Operators can stock up on Roots from Urban Eat. by contacting the Fresh Food For Now Company sales team on 0116 236 1640 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, submit a request via the Urban Eat. website: urbaneat.co.uk