Saratoga Water making an enormous splash as ‘High Chef’ sponsor

Saratoga Water making a big splash as 'Top Chef' sponsor

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Spring Water, offered in glowing and nonetheless variations in iconic cobalt-blue bottles, appears ubiquitous regionally. Out there within the Capital Area for a century and a half, it is on cabinets in supermarkets and comfort shops, and restaurant servers recurrently inquire whether or not a desk desires ice water from the faucet or a bottle of Saratoga Water. However exterior of New York and different elements of the Northeast, Saratoga Water was largely a secret or at the least a cult favourite.

Till now. The beverage conglomerate BlueTriton Manufacturers, with 14 traces of bottled water, in late 2021 purchased the beforehand impartial Saratoga Spring Water Co., which has a bottling plant on Geyser Highway. The purpose was to increase Saratoga Water right into a nationwide model to coincide with its a hundred and fiftieth anniversary final 12 months.

The most important push but is a sponsorship take care of “High Chef,” the Bravo actuality sequence that started working its twentieth season final week. Referred to as “High Chef: World All-Stars,” the brand new season’s episodes air at 9 p.m. Thursday on Bravo and can be found beginning the subsequent day on the Peacock streaming service of Bravo’s guardian firm, NBCUniversal.

In “World All-Stars,” 16 winners or runners-up from 5 American and 11 worldwide editions of previous “High Chef” seasons compete in London for the champion title and, as sequence host Padma Lakshmi places it a number of instances each episode, “$250,000 furnished by Saratoga Spring Water.” Based on BlueTriton, the partnership additionally consists of what’s referred to as “passive integration,” with rivals seen consuming, typically cooking with and in any other case utilizing Saratoga Water recurrently throughout episodes. It’s also usually on the sequence’ judges’ desk throughout tastings.

“All people on the set liked it,” mentioned Katie White, vice chairman of selling and content material partnerships for NBCUniversal. Along with being seen on display screen and talked about because the prize sponsor, Saratoga Water may also obtain digital promotions by way of Bravo and NBCUniversal’s channels, and Saratoga Water will cross-promote the “High Chef” connection in its personal advertising, together with retailer shows, White mentioned. 

The location offers main U.S. and worldwide publicity to Saratoga Water, coming one season after the $250,000 grand prize was sponsored by San Pellegrino, the world’s hottest model of bottled water, obtainable in 135 international locations. San Pellegrino says it sells a billion bottles a 12 months. In distinction, BlueTriton purchased 30 million cobalt-blue bottles to fill with Saratoga Spring Water and promote in  2023 to accommodate the model enlargement,  in line with the corporate.

To generate consciousness for the large roll-out, BlueTriton determined to “companion with a nationwide model but additionally construct that connection of Saratoga Water and wonderful eating,” mentioned Brittany Lewis, senior model supervisor for BlueTriton’s premium manufacturers. She mentioned Saratoga Spring Water is already obtainable, or quickly shall be, in virtually all 50 states and is carried by chains together with Kroger, Publix and Goal. (It is also in all Capital Area chain supermarkets, amongst many different native shops.)

From Bravo’s perspective, “Saratoga Water actually wowed us and confirmed us about their model,” mentioned White. As a result of “High Chef” goes past cook-offs to inform tales about its rivals’ lives, backgrounds and meals cultures, the sequence noticed a pure match, in line with White.

“There was a lot there: Saratoga, wonderful eating, cooking, the historical past and the group,” mentioned White. “As soon as we noticed that alignment, it was a no brainer.”

Throughout 20 American seasons because the 2006 premiere of “High Chef” and its greater than 20 licensed worldwide variations that started in 2009, the present has “actually modified the best way individuals within the U.S. and all over the world consider wonderful eating,” Lewis mentioned.

Saratoga Water being the grand-prize sponsor one season after a behemoth like San Pellegrino was a bonus, Lewis mentioned.

“They laid the groundwork for pondering a water model could possibly be a sponsor” and related to wonderful eating, Lewis mentioned, including, “We utilized that to raise our model as nicely.”

White mentioned “High Chef” did not got down to have consecutive seasons’ grand prizes be provided by water firms. The timing of the twentieth season being shot final 12 months occurred to coincide with BlueTriton’s marketing campaign to develop the marketplace for Saratoga Water, White mentioned, and the sequence noticed the way it might incorporate the brand new branding companion into “High Chef” the best way it does with common sponsors together with BMW, which provides SUVs that contests drive round host cities and on errands, together with buying runs to Complete Meals, one other sponsor.

“High Chef” is famously secretive upfront about most particulars of its seasons. Lewis mentioned BlueTriton was conscious that “World All-Stars” was set in London as a result of it needed to prepare to ship an enormous quantity of Saratoga Water: 22 pallets, with as much as 54 circumstances per pallet, relying on bottle dimension. BlueTriton senior employees had occasional alternatives to vet small segments concerning the best way Saratoga Water was getting used on the present, Lewis mentioned, however in any other case they had been usually as shocked as the general public when the distinctive blue bottles appeared throughout final week’s premiere episode.

In furthering consciousness of the model, BlueTriton is creating a proper title for the bottle colour that it hopes to trademark, Lewis mentioned, with the purpose of constructing it as iconically related to high-quality spring water because the inexperienced bottles with a blue label and purple star of San Pellegrino, a model established with its present title 24 years after the founding of Saratoga Spring Water, Lewis mentioned.

The corporate’s bottling plant is and can stay in Saratoga, she mentioned, however as output grows, water is sourced from springs across the Northeast to make sure continuity of taste and forestall overtaxing of assets from particular person springs.

Based in 1872, Saratoga Spring Water capitalized on the recognition of Saratoga as a spa vacation spot the place individuals got here to drink waters from pure mineral springs for purported well being advantages. In current many years, homeowners included the beverage big  Anheuser-Busch, which offered it to Evian Waters of France. In 2000, Saratoga Spring Water was offered to a Connecticut funding agency, and veteran Saratoga Water govt Adam Madkour bought the enterprise the next 12 months. He offered it to BlueTriton two and a half years in the past.

BlueTriton’s portfolio consists of Saratoga Spring Water, Poland Spring and 12 different regional bottled-water manufacturers. BlueTriton beforehand was referred to as Nestle Waters North America earlier than being offered in summer season 2021 to an funding group, which led to the title change.

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