KFC accuses Weetabix of war crimes over Heinz Beanz team up

Weetabix: brand caused controversy with image of baked beans
Weetabix: brand caused controversy with image of baked beans

Photo was called ‘deeply offensive’ by Ofcom.

The incident occurred via Weetabix’s Twitter account, where the cereal brand posted an image of its classic wheat biscuits covered in Heinz baked beans.

It was posted alongside the caption: “Why should bread have all the fun, when there's Weetabix? Serving up @HeinzUK Beanz on bix for breakfast with a twist. #ItHasToBeHeinz #HaveYouHadYourWeetabix.”

While Weetabix later remarked that “no beans were harmed in the making of this breakfast”, the visual atrocity became a viral topic on Twitter across the UK - with a long list of commercial brands and public bodies weighing in to offer the harshest condemnation.

The NHS said that Weetabix's photo “should come with a health warning”, while KFC asked rival brand Nando's to put aside their differences in an effort to “prosecute [the image] under the Geneva Convention”, (though Nando's thought this was a step too far).

Yorkshire Tea likened the partnership as “a murder”, with West Yorkshire police urging members of the public not to report the “criminal” image, in spite of its distressing content.

Ofcom also chipped-in on the controversy, urging Weetabix not to advertise its unlikely partnership on TV.

“Please don’t show this on telly,” Ofcom said.

“We do not want to put our staff through investigating something so deeply offensive.”

However, Weetabix's soul-destroying photo has also inspired a series of unlikely (and hopefully fictional) collaborations between brands.

Krispy Kreme and KFC pondered the creation of a gravy-filled donut, while Papa John’s created a prototype image of its Weetabix creation (which is topped with pepperoni and swimming in a bowl of garlic sauce).

Marmite also encouraged masochistic foodies to top their Weetabix with its yeasty spread, while Ford UK filled a car compartment with beans to prove that “just because you can, doesn't mean you should”.

"The Weetabix campaign has delivered our Covid ridden world a much needed dose of humour and levity," Emma de la Fosse, chief creative officer at Digitas UK, said.

"Social media can sometimes be a nasty place, full of trolling or virtue signalling, but this is social at its best."
 
She continued: "I love that normally faceless institutions, such as GCHQ have jumped in. And Handforth Parish Council is just a gift that keeps on giving. 
 
"Who’d have thought that the discussion about what to put on top of a biscuit could be so controversial? Ahem."

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