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Winners of the Sunday Times Top Brands survey

The Sunday Times Top Brands Survey results were announced this week. The survey, now in its 15th year, gauges consumer sentiment towards brands, delivering valuable insights to business leaders and marketers in South Africa.

“Being voted Top Brand in a category is a huge accolade for companies, because it indicates they’re hitting the ‘sweet- spot’ with the consumer. An award shows that a brand’s marketing activity is successful in gaining the traction required to foster brand loyalty and longevity, and positioning it on a good path for delivering results to company shareholders as well,” says Trevor Ormerod, GM of Advertising and Strategic Sales for Times Media.

International soft-drink giant, Coca-Cola , was acclaimed as Overall Favourite Brand, upsetting local brand Koo’s dominance in previous years. Coca-Cola walked away with two additional Grand Prix wins as the brand that has done the most to uplift the community, and the brand that does the most to look after SA’s environment and natural resources.

Eskom claimed the Grand Prix as the most-desirable company to work for, bumping Coca Cola down to second place.

In a new category recognising brands that South Africans were most spontaneously aware of, Discovery Health and KFC emerged as the front runners in the B2B and B2C sectors respectively.

The coveted title of Top Brand Marketing Personality of the Year was awarded to MTN’s chief marketing officer, Serame Taukobong.

The Robyn Putter Top Brands Agency of the Year Award recognises the contributions of the creative agencies behind the brands, and is calculated on the first, second and third place rankings of clients in the survey. This year the award went to Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg.

“The Top Brands survey’s distinctive approach allows marketers to not only evaluate their brand’s success based on current usage but also the proximity of its potential users in the future. Deken explains that, “With these finding marketers are able to develop strategies that will enable them to reach out to consumers and expand their spheres of influence,” says Esmé Deken, head of market intelligence.

Winners in 12 Business to Business (B2B) and 39 Business to Consumer (B2C) categories were awarded on the evening.

Other category winners include: British Airways, Avis, Allan Gray, FNB, Liqui-Fruit, Red Square, Johnnie Walker, Heineken, Ricoffy, Cadbury, Tastic, Koo, Defy, Engen, SAA, Standard Bank, Pick n Pay, Old Mutual ̧ OUTsurance, Spur, Nike, Avon, Vaseline, Sunlight and Samsung.

2013 Sunday Times Top Brands Survey Results: Consumer Categories relevant to Food-Beverages

Soft Drinks




Fruit Juices


Clover Krush


Alcoholic Coolers

Red Square

Hooch Fox

Klippies & Cola

Alcoholic Spirits

Johnnie Walker


Chivas Regal



Castle Lite



Hunter’s Dry/Gold/Extreme

Savanna Dry/Light

Redd’s Dry/Original

Hot Beverages


Five Roses



Cadbury slabs

Lunch Bar

Ferrero Rocher

Essential Foods



White Star

Tinned Food


Lucky Star

All Gold

Sweet Biscuits

Bakers Eat-Sum-Mor

Bakers Tennis Biscuits

Bakers Romany Creams

Grocery and Convenience Stores

Pick n Pay (Supermarket/Hypermarket/Family Store)


Spar/KwikSpar/Super Spar

Fast Food Restaurants




Family Sit-down Restaurants



Ocean Basket

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