MANILA – Max’s Corner Bakery (MCB) in partnership with Pilmico Foods Corporation won new recognition from two of the most prestigious communications-focused award-giving bodies for its Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition.
Tinapay Natin is an annual bread baking competition that champions local bread culture by showcasing the innovation and creativity of small-scale bakers. The campaign from Max’s Corner Bakery and Pilmico received the coveted Gold Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) under the category PR Programs Directed at Specific Stakeholders for a campaign with focused strategy and communications directed towards its target consumers and communities.
Likewise, in the most recent Quill Awards, MCB’s Tinapay Natin received an Award of Merit for Communication Management under Customer Relations, which is given to outstanding programs aimed at educating, engaging or connecting the organization or its employees to the consumer.
Tinapay Natin started in 2016 as a collaboration between MCB and food and agribusiness firm Pilmico Foods Corporation. The program was founded to inspire small-scale, promising bakers to pursue their goals and highlight Filipinos as guardians of local food culture and heritage.
Over 3,000 student and non-professional bakers participated in Tinapay Natin’s 2017 run and were judged based on their technical expertise, originality and their delicious rendition of different Pinoy bread classics. Winners received P30,000 in cash and had their creations sold in Max’s Corner Bakeries nationwide. With the campaign’s unprecedented success, Max’s Corner Bakery saw a 56% growth in bread category and a 10.9% overall increase in year-end sales in 2017.
Ariel P. Fermin, Group COO for Max’s Group Inc., said that the awards signify that Max’s Corner Bakery is taking the right path towards strengthening Filipino bread culture and utilizing the right platforms to connect and inspire more people.
“We’ve always believed that Filipino history and culture is greatly represented and shaped by the food that we create. Baking is one avenue that Max’s Group sees as a means to preserve our heritage, and MCB’s Tinapay Natin is one way to promote this,” Fermin said. “Our partnership with Pilmico Foods Corporation, which also started their own campaign called “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin”, enabled this advocacy and spread our message even further.”
In line with Max’s Group Inc.’s commitment to building loved brands, Max’s Corner Bakery’s award-winning campaign brings the bakers’ hard work and unique stories to the fore, with the hopes of creating a renewed sense of pride and appreciation for local food.
In photo, from L-R: Representatives from SOHO Square Philippines, Charlene Sapina – Corporate Communications, Digital Solutions, and Sustainability Head for Max’s Group Inc. and Pamela Liwag – Brand & Quality Manager for Pilmico Foods Corp. receive the Gold Anvil Award from PRSP Executives at the 53rd Anvil Awards