A Burger King TV ad has been blocked by the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC), forcing the fast-food giant to launch an online version of the comparative ad campaign knocking rival McDonald’s.
The BACC ordered Burger King to modify the &£1m ad, created by Lowe Lintas, because it claimed its Double Burger range contained 26 per cent more beef than a McDonald’s Big Mac, breaking comparative advertising rules.
A new version of the ad broke on TV this week, featuring the strapline “Seek the truth” and directing viewers to www.burgerking.co.uk.
The website contains research conducted by Middlesex-based SGS Food & Laboratory Services on behalf of Burger King.
The company claims the burgers contained in Big King Sandwiches and Bacon Double Cheese- burgers weigh on average 26 per cent more than Big Macs.
Burger King representatives have also driven poster vans around London to advertise the claim.
Marketing director Lorraine Thomson says: “We believe consumers are entitled to compare burgers fairly, which is why we’re launching the ‘Seek the truth’ Internet campaign. All we want to do is state the facts in a light-hearted manner.”
A McDonald’s spokesman says: “We listen to our customers, not our competitors.”