DE Masterblenders

Jan 2012 | Westergasterrein | Silent Associates

About DE Masterblenders

Douwe Egberts commissioned Silent Associates (UK) to organize the initial public offering and brand transition to DE Masterblenders. On the Westergas site in Amsterdam, the Gashouder and the Zuiveringshal were blocked off for 3 weeks to host a high-level presentation for a select group of investors coming from all over the world. The guests were informed about the initial public offering and the new brand value through keynotes and video content. DE Masterblenders’ assortment of coffee and tea products was also presented and explained by product managers and marketers. This part of the presentation took place in the Gashouder. The Zuiveringshal was set up for dinners and various other presentations.

Role of Backbone

The project grew dynamically in the course of the preproduction phase. The event will be a small-sized one-day exhibition in the Transformaterhuis at the Westergas site. Yet, it turned into a high-end corporate event that lasted 2 days with a load-in phase of 2,5 weeks. Three weeks before the actual start of the load-in, the organization realized that the production had grown too large to maintain high quality in all aspects of the event. So, Silent Associates involved Backbone to ensure quality on all fronts and to execute and manage all overlay aspects of the production.

Due to the short preparation time, our operations covered the entire location production. It included advising regarding the Dutch suppliers, permits, troubleshooting, and logistical coordination.

The sourcing of office units, barriers, power supplies, tents, machinery, furniture, security, medical services, cleaning & waste management, water supplies, and transportation were also included in the range of tasks of the overlay manager.

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