- Raging Cow
Raging Cow was a line of
milk-based beverages created by Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.. The five flavors were Berry Mixed Up, Chocolate Caramel Craze, Chocolate Insanity, Jamocha Frenzy, and Pina Colada Chaos.
The mascot of the beverage, an angry cow fed up with "boring milk", was also known as The Raging Cow.
After the introduction of the beverage in
March 2003, there was controversy over the strategy of marketing agency Richards Interactive to capitalize on the then-novel weblogphenomenon. Along with whimsical blogs "authored" by the product's barnyard mascots [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20041129055546/http://www.philosofly.com/ PhilosoFly: Problems Solved by a Fly on the Wall ] ] , six teenagers were hired to promote the drink in otherwise authentic blogs. Although the intent was to gain a stronger, more credible connection with the young target audience, adult observers saw the tactic as disingenuous and subversive and staged a boycott, which attracted press coverage. The campaign is now regarded as a failure [ [http://slate.msn.com/id/2081419 The teenage bloggers who want to sell you flavored milk. - By Rob Walker - Slate Magazine ] ] [ [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/Page/document/v5/content/subscribe?user_URL=http://www.theglobeandmail.com%2Fservlet%2Fstory%2FRTGAM.20030313.wpitc313%2FBNStory%2FTechnology&ord=130860307&brand=theglobeandmail&force_login=true globeandmail.com: Technology ] ] [http://www.bloggerheads.com/raging_cow/] .
Status of the beverage
Since the protest began, the official Raging Cow website has gone offline. An official webpage about the beverage still existed at the Dr Pepper/Seven Up website until mid-2006. At first, the Raging Cow beverages were only available in a few cities across the
United States, an example of test marketing. Additional information about the distribution of the beverage was never released. Currently, many Raging Cow vending machines are stocked with other Dr Pepper/Seven Up (now Dr Pepper Snapple Group) products. No official message was ever given regarding the end of production of the drink.
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20040827082756/http://www.ragingcow.com/Home.asp Raging Cow website]
* [http://dpsu.com/raging_cow.html Raging Cow information page] on the [http://dpsu.com/ Dr Pepper/Seven Up website] (offline)
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