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JWT faces prospect of losing US Foster's account

NEW YORK - The US creative work for Foster's beer is to be reviewed, with incumbent agency J Walter Thompson, Chicago, part of WPP Group, facing the prospect of losing a second slice of beer work in the space of a year.

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Miller Brewing, which markets Foster's in the US, has already shifted part of the creative work for Miller Genuine Draft from JWT to sister WPP shop Ogilvy & Mather in the summer. Ogilvy is also the incumbent for Miller Lite, another of Miller's brands.

Now the brewer is reportedly talking to several agencies -- both on- and off-roster -- about the $15m (£9.5m) creative work for Foster's, the Australian beer brand.

The current US advertising for Foster's takes a humorous approach, centred on the strapline "How to speak Australian". JWT has been invited to repitch for the work, according to reports, but there is no timetable for the review.

In July this year, Miller Brewing was taken over by South African Breweries, with SAB changing its name to SABMiller. SAB acquired Miller from Philip Morris.

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