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Move Over, Regular Fish!

June 18, 2021
Mae Rice

Tinned fish has suddenly become the official food of "hot girls" everywhere — and marketing has to be involved. But who's the marketing push coming from? We did some research.

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Tinned fish is having a moment, and marketing is definitely involved. But whose? 

Our working theory, after reading a million explainers: It’s a mix of hype from tinned fish brands, restaurants and food media stars. 

From the tinned fish brands 

“Tinned fish is the ultimate hot girl food,” Fishwife co-founder Caroline Goldfarb told Nylon

This quote really struck a chord — it has been aggregated in Vice, and now it’s all over Twitter

Assist here from: Megan Thee Stallion, whose song “Hot Girl Summer” kicked off the era of “hot girl [noun].”

From the restaurants 

Tinned fish has long been popular in Europe, and restaurants like New York’s Maiden Lane started bringing the trend Stateside in 2019, Eater reported

From the recipe creators

Food influencer Alison Roman has been hyping anchovies for years — and her viral shallot pasta recipe calls for a whole can of them. 

Our takeaway? 

There are layers to marketing food! And sometimes, every layer agrees: It’s tinned fish summer. 


Mae Rice
about the author

Mae Rice is senior editor at MarketerHire. A long-time content marketer, she enjoys interviewing marketing experts and learning about the weird and wonderful feedback loops that connect marketing and culture. She also loves any ad that makes her say "Huh?!" — especially Tim and Eric's ad for Totino's pizza rolls, which she watches way more often than you would think.

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