7-Eleven® Saddles Up with Universal Pictures' and DreamWorks Pictures’ ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ for Slurpee® and Super Big Gulp® Cups
Dallas (July 5, 2011) – While it may not fight off aliens, 7-Eleven® stores’ new Wrist Blaster cup filled with an Alienade Slurpee® beverage is the perfect weapon to fight summer thirst. 7-Eleven, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with the blazingly original “Cowboys & Aliens” to launch the new product this month. The film hits theaters on July 29.
Modeled after the mysterious, glowing shackle that encircles the hero’s wrist in Universal Pictures’ and DreamWorks Pictures’ upcoming “Cowboys & Aliens,” the Wrist Blaster cup emanates a cool-blue backlight with the flip of a switch. Retailing for $6.99, the collectible cup includes the first Slurpee fill-up.
Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in this film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in an original way: “Cowboys & Aliens.”
Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers -- Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci -- Favreau brings an all-new action-thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com
“Like Slurpee drinks, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ appeals to all age groups,” said Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven’s senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and logistics. “Not only does the movie cross genres, it crosses generations of 7-Eleven customers – fans who remember the classic Westerns and younger generations who have made action-thrillers one of today’s most popular genres.”
Besides the glowing Wrist Blaster cup, 7-Eleven offers six other premium “Cowboys & Aliens” cups – three 3D Slurpee and three glossy, foil Super Big Gulp® cups. Both feature the movie’s main characters – the hero, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) and the mysterious traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde). A special gold-colored dome lid was created for the premium Slurpee cups. The featured Alienade flavor is blue in color and has a refreshing blend of strawberry, blue raspberry and lemonade flavors.
The 7-Eleven July promotion is supported by radio advertising in Los Angeles, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Orlando, Fla.; and Norfolk, Va., as well as billboards in Richmond, Va.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tampa, Fla., and San Diego, Calif. The promotional campaign also will be supported online and through social media.
Assisting 7-Eleven in developing the promotion for the "Cowboys & Aliens" release is FreshWorks, 7-Eleven, Inc.’s advertising and marketing agency, which is a consortium of Omnicom companies.
About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 8,400 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are approximately 40,900 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2010, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales close to $63 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Forbes magazine’s 2011 list of Top Franchises for the Money; #4 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2009 and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven received the 2010 Retailer of the Year from PL (Private Label) Buyer because of the company’s private-label brand initiative. The company is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.