After the rollercoaster of last year, we thought nothing could surprise us in 2021. But one drama we weren't expecting was a conflict over caterpillar-shaped chocolate cakes (now there's a mouthful). Yep, two UK retailers are at loggerheads over their similarly designed (and named) confectionary – but it's clear that one brand has already won the social media war.
Marks and Spencer has launched a legal battle against Aldi, pointing out the similarities between latter's Cuthbert the Caterpillar and its own Colin the Caterpillar. But rather than hide in its cocoon, Aldi has responded in jest on Twitter. (For more amusing brand shenanigans, check out our best print ads.)
According to the Independent (opens in new tab), M&S recently launched an intellectual property complaint, claiming that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringes its trademark for Colin (they're pretty similar to be fair). But as several Twitter users have pointed out, why go after Cuthbert when there are so many other copycat chocolate caterpillar cakes to consider?
But it seems Aldi isn't too scared. Dubbing the case #FreeCuthbert, the company has shared various tweets making light of the issue, including some hilarious alternative packaging designs for Cuthbert – one of which seem him locked behind bars.
This is not just any court case, this is... #FreeCuthbertApril 15, 2021
Packaging update. #FreeCuthbert pic.twitter.com/XDSnhpvjmjApril 16, 2021
Had a pretty busy weekend ngl. #FreeCuthbert pic.twitter.com/Gqm5Xn6SH1April 19, 2021
But we do have to give M&S credit for the witty response from its social media account:
Our social team over the weekend: pic.twitter.com/G2DEM5D6iuApril 19, 2021
Whatever the outcome of the case, it's fair to say that Aldi's response is an example of a brand getting social media right. For more examples, check out these 8 brands that rule on social media. And if you fancy creating your own packaging for Cuthbert the Caterpillar, you'll find today's best Adobe Creative Cloud deals below.