TOTAL AD SPENDING ON WEIGHT LOSS, FITNESS, AND SMOKING DETERRENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
The list also includes several unfamiliar parent companies who promote some very familiar brands. Artal Luxembourg, owners of the Weight Watchers franchise, dropped almost $107 million on advertising in 2007. And Iovate, the company behind Hydroxycut, put $83 million toward advertising in 2007.
Other parent companies flexing their ad muscles in 2007 include Nestle (makers of PowerBar) and Harbinger Capital Partners (owners of Bally’s Fitness clubs), each with expenditures approaching $67 million. Unilever, parent company for the Slim-Fast brand, spent almost $40 million.
Surging its way into 2007’s top ten was Western Holdings LLC, whose Akavar weight loss pill infiltrated U.S. markets from Europe thanks to a $38.3 million ad spend.
|Rank||Advertiser||2007 Ad Spend (millions)||% Change 2007 vs. 2006|
|3||ARTAL LUXEMBOURG SA||$106.7||47%|
|4||IOVATE HEALTH SCIENCES GROUP INC||$83.5||-14%|
|6||HARBINGER CAPITAL PARTNERS||$66.6||-13%|
|7||LA WEIGHT LOSS CTRS INC||$64.3||-18%|
|9||WESTERN HOLDINGS LLC||$38.3||1294%|
|Source: The Nielsen Company (2009).|