He’s then spat out of the field and onto a seat at a table. Wearing an uncomfortable smile, he shakes packaged plant-based meat products out of the sausages. A farmer, bearing triumphant witness, makes the closing statement. The farmer later reappears behind a tree, crouched and piping like a wild Pan in overalls.
“The Field” owes a sizable debt to Skittles’ “Blank the Rainbow,” a campaign that combined the nihilistically senseless with the vaguely uncomfortable. It also brings German home-improvement chain Hornbach’s early work to mind (which featured a lot of men sliding ecstatically through the earth). Its objective is to provide an absurd contrast to the lofty, self-serious promises made by other companies in the market.
“From the start, Peas of Heaven’s mission has been to make plant-based versions of all your favorite foods—and by doing so, contribute to a better and more sustainable future. But every food tech startup promises to make the world better,” says Gustav Johansson, the brand’s creative director.
“And it’s pretty fun that the tools we use to create a better world are actually sausages, burgers and meatballs. That’s why we decided to poke fun at the category—and ourselves—and make something totally different, something that also could inspire all the meat-eaters out there to try plant-based food.”
Peas of Heaven was launched in 2019 by two brothers, who pivoted a family business into a food tech startup. Last year it received investment from Oyster Bay, building on a previous investment from Nicoya.
Currently it is the category market leader in Sweden, and is growing elsewhere in the Nordics, including Denmark, Finland and Norway. This year it will expand elsewhere in Europe, with a U.S. launch on the horizon.
“The Field,” directed by Vedran Rupic—who won Cannes Lions 2019’s Young Directors Showcase—leads its first brand campaign.
Advertising Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors
Art Director: Karl Risenfors
Copywriter: Gustav Johansson
Account Manager: Ewa Edlund
Designer: Christoffer Persson
Planner: Maria Hallenborg
PR-strategist: Julia Samuelsson
Creative Director, Peas of Heaven Creative Dept.: Gustav Johansson
Art Director, Peas of Heaven Creative Dept.: Erik Friemann
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Postproduction: Ulf Lundén
Media/PR agency: Kontext Media
Director: Vedran Rupic
Assistant Director: Gustav Sundström
Producer: Siamand Masoodian
Music: Gustav Jennefors
Exec producer: Christian Kuosmanen
D.O.P: Nico Poulsson
Editor: Alexander Toma
Original Sund: Erik Olsson, Redpipe