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Clarity in Commerce: Al Dejewski

26 May 2023

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Dairy milk doesn’t have an awareness issue. But it does have an “attitude” issue, according to marketing veteran Al Dejewski.

Why? Consider the fact that a centuries-old beverage still consumed in 90% of households now has to specify itself as “dairy” to differentiate from the numerous plant-based alternatives that are making the category far more competitive than ever before. Also consider that younger-generation families aren’t typically reaching for a bottle of dairy milk when seeking a “performance drink” to fuel their active lifestyles.

How can a traditional product category like milk stay fresh in the minds of younger consumers? In the latest episode of “Clarity in Commerce,” MilkPEP VP-Marketing Al Dejewski explains how the USDA checkoff program is leveraging cutting-edge technologies and engagement platforms to reposition milk as a performance drink in the eyes (and stomachs) of active-lifestyle households.

Dejewski has more than 20 years of CPG sales and marketing experience in roles that have spanned the full marketing spectrum — brand, customer, consumer and shopper — at a number of blue-chip companies including Chobani, PepsiCo and LaCroix. He joined MilkPEP in 2020 to help the organization modernize its marketing for Millennial Parents, Gen Z and Alpha kids.

Listen to the interview below.

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