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April 17, 2006

The Power of Ingredient Brand Naming

ActiviaIn Episode 36 of , after a somewhat scatological discussion of Dannon’s new yogurt and its active (some say hyperactive) ingredient, the bacteria bifidus regularis, hosts John January and Tug McTighe conclude that there’s nothing like a new ingredient with a coined name and trademark to sell a product. Just say Now with Sillynameyouneverheardof™ and it’ll fly off the shelves.

Of course, as anyone who has tried to trademark the name of a product or service knows, there are almost no natural words in many categories that haven't already registered, so neologisms, or coined names, are needed.

But I think those special trademarked ingredients do seem to be a big part of the marketing campaigns for dietary supplements and health foods - possibly because everyone is hoping for a magic pill to help them lose weight and stop aging.

So, is this just a clever marketing gimmick by Dannon? One blogger wrote the power of ingredient brand naming in a earlier today.

Be honest, have you ever bought something because it had a new special ingredient with a trademarked name? I have.

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Posted by William Lozito at April 17, 2006 1:18 PM
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