Coca-Cola declined to confirm how much it has paid Khan for the association. Khan was brand ambassador for Thums Up till ‘03. The current deal size is significantly higher than what Coca-Cola paid cricketer Sachin Tendulkar when it signed him for brand Coke. Early last year, the beverage maker had signed Tendulkar for a 3-year association estimated at close to Rs 12 crore.
Till March this year, Khan had been endorsing rival PepsiCo’s fizzy lime drink Mountain Dew. The actor, 46 years old, is currently riding a success wave with back-to-back Bollywood hits like Dabbang, Bodyguard, Wanted and Ek Tha Tiger.
Coca-Cola said it has also signed an agreement with Khan’s charity — Being Human - The Salman Khan Foundation — to jointly promote, conceive and execute charitable and social activities.
Coca-Cola India and South West Asia President & CEO Atul Singh said in a statement: “Thums Up’s core values of masculinity, adventure and thrill will be amplified by Salman’s association and will help us take the brand to the next level.” As Thums Up’s brand ambassador, Khan will be associated with a range of consumer activation and marketing programmes for the brand, Coca-Cola said.
In April, Coca-Cola dropped actor Akshay Kumar for Thums Up, ending almost a decade-old association with the actor, opting instead for four younger endorsers. Incidentally, Khan is older than Kumar.
★ Salman to endorse Thums Up !
Beverage maker Coca-Cola India has signed Bollywood star Salman Khan for Thums-Up.
The company has also signed an agreement with Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation – to jointly promote, conceive and execute charitable and social activities.
Announcing the association, Atul Singh, President and CEO, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Salman Khan as the face of one of the country’s largest selling soft drink brand – Thums Up. Salman’s appeal cuts across age groups and socio economic strata, just like Thums Up. The brand’s core values of masculinity, adventure, thrill and excitement will further be amplified by Salman’s association and will help us take the brand to the next level. We are excited by the prospects that lie ahead for the brand and our partnership with Salman.”