If this wasn’t true it would belong in the jokes section of the any magazine. Kraft foods has a breakfast cereal that’s only available in Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand called Shreddies. The cereal is made from shredded wheat and is square. It’s been in production in the UK since 1926, and has gone relatively unchanged ever since. That is until 2008 when square Shreddies were turned into diamond shreddies, and an ad campaign was made to associate the “revolutionary” change.
As with all consumer products, the manufacturers are always on the lookout for new ways to market their product. But how do you market a square shaped, wheat based breakfast cereal? You simply rotate the square 45 degrees and re-market it as NEW Diamond Shreddies, and couple it with an intense ad campaign, just as they did in Canada. We kid you not, they actually did this. What’s more surprising about this marketing ploy is that it worked! It worked real well.