Makers of breakfast foods have long been known for innovation. New cereal and frozen foods hit the shelves regularly.
But it would seem that not everyone’s invited to the table.
Pick up any cereal box and you’ll often discover a world that speaks only to moms. Despite all the newfound innovations in the grocery store, marketers remain convinced that the family dynamic hasn’t changed – that dads don’t take care of children, don’t tend to the home, or even spend their morning ritual with the family.
The Rice Krispies Twitter page reinforces this outdated stereotype with a Twitter bio (right) that excludes dads from the outset. The exclusion is particularly surprising for a brand that’s well accepted and loved by families everywhere — families which include dads.
Its approach is surprisingly consistent with a few of its iconic shelf mates. It wasn’t until 2015 that Cheerios changed its webpage touting itself as “Mom’s Choice.” Kix defers to mom in both slogan and message on every box. Even the back of Frosted Mini-Wheats exhorts kids to specifically ask mom for more. And El Monterey has long used the hashtag #momwins throughout its social media.
Our tweets on the Rice Krispies bio recently caught the attention of Kellogg’s, but the communication fell flat when subsequent tweets weren’t returned. We’re still waiting for what could be a quick fix and thus restore balance to the cereal shelves.
Of course, this particular cereal stretches far beyond the bowl. The oft-duplicated rice puffs are a virtual kitchen staple, useful in many recipes around the kitchen. Its Twitter page frequently touts its popular endearing spinoff, the Rice Krispies treat. Even its venerable mascots Snap, Crackle and Pop resonate with everyone.
Given its prowess in our daily lives, let’s hope Rice Krispies can turn things around soon and become close with dads again.
Like super close.
Like white on rice.