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Red Lobster Launches First Spanish-Language Advertising Campaign

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Lobster, the world's largest casual dining seafood restaurant, launched its first Spanish-language advertising campaign. The national campaign is designed to introduce more Hispanic guests to the Red Lobster experience and to highlight the restaurant's comprehensive menu, which was recently transformed to offer guests more affordable, great-tasting options and greater overall choice and variety.

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"With the Hispanic population in the U.S. growing at four times the rate of the overall population, the goal of the campaign is to make the brand more relevant to these important guests by reaching them in a more meaningful and impactful way," said Stewart Marquina, director of marketing, Red Lobster.

The first Spanish-language ad, created by WPP's Wing, is an adaptation of the general market "Real People" advertising campaign that features the "Sea Food Differently" tag. It was created based on Hispanic cultural insights and features the tag "Disfruta un Mar de Sabores" ("Enjoy a Sea of Flavors"), along with Ariana Paz, a real server at the Gainesville, Fla., Red Lobster. The spot follows Paz as she shares her genuine, unscripted passion for the food and restaurant experience while serving a family enjoying a delicious meal.

"We know that many Hispanics see the dining experience as an opportunity to bring family and friends together to celebrate, share and bond, so that important moment in time is brought to life in the ad," said Marquina. "With a wide variety of menu options, Red Lobster is able to provide something every member of the family can enjoy."

Partnership with Univision

Beyond advertising, Red Lobster is partnering with Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, to create a customized segment named "La Pregunta Fresca del Dia" ("The Fresh Question of the Day"). Airing during the popular entertainment show, "El Gordo y La Flaca" ("The Scoop and the Skinny"), the segment will give the audience celebrity anecdotes and news, while also highlighting Red Lobster's variety of menu offerings and affordability.

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