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All the News You Can Drink: Whisky Gets Fashionable, Post-Workout Beer and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 7, 2014 07:39 PM

Forget Gatorade—Drink Beer After Your Workout

Alcohol and exercise aren’t generally two topics that are combined, but a Canadian company has gone the counterintuitive route and is testing out a low-alcohol, high-protein “recovery ale” for athletes to enjoy, NPR reports. Called it Lean Machine, the brew from Vampt could be on shelves later this year.

"We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout," Vampt founder Ian Toews said.Continue reading...

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MillerCoors Slaps on Some Facial Hair to Sell Hard Cider to Manly Men

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 5, 2014 12:53 PM

MillerCoors got a shout-out during the Oscars when Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey said that his deceased dad was likely up in heaven dancing in his underwear and sipping a Miller Lite in celebration of his big win. 

The brand didn't do much with the free publicity, but that's probably because it's preoccupied marketing its new Smith & Forge Hard Cider brand. According to Ad Age, MillerCoors plans to inject a little more testosterone into a category that grew nearly 100 percent in the last year to $220.7 million.

While the category may be seeing a lot of growth, hard cider isn't considered the most manly alcoholic beverage, as it tends to be favored by women as a beer alternative. So MillerCoors has set out to bulk up cider's clout with manly men, having brand spokesman Jonathan Banks “giving interviews about the brand to men-targeted publications."Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Frank Comes Back for Jack, Coors Gets Digital and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 28, 2014 06:43 PM

Let's Get Digital: Molson Coors Deploys LCD Beer Cases

In a partnership with Groupe Viva, a digital retail innovation firm, Molson Coors has unveiled new beer refrigerators that have a transparent LCD display that serves up digital advertising based on what consumers are seeking. 

"As specialists in digital innovations, our objective is to combine the latest advances in technology and digital content and make them accessible to retail chains and major brands,” said Pierre Gendron, CEO of Groupe Viva, in a press release.

Looking for a way to differentiate its products, the interactive fridges will be trialed in 40 stores and 10 bars and nightclubs in the Montreal area. The partnership follows another digital stunt by the company, which deployed Molson Canadian-branded refrigerators around the world (and at the Sochi Olympics) that only opened after scanning a Canadian passport.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Bud Brings World Cup Together, Diageo Boosts Youth Employment and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2014 07:52 PM

Bud Unveils Rise as One World Cup Campaign

World Cup soccer can be pretty divisive. In fact, professional soccer fans are some of the most rowdy in the sports world, with some groups of fans even being banned from attending World Cup games. 

But Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of the Cup in Brazil this summer, wants to instead focus on how soccer brings people together through its Rise As One campaign, which will run from March through July. The unique campaign will attract even more attention because it is in black and white.

"Budweiser has purposely taken the color out of it to just focus on the people and their emotion,” said Jennifer Anton, Budweiser UK marketing manager. "In a sea of color, you will see a black and white campaign which is very unusual. Budweiser will stand out with this."

Along with the campaign, Budweiser will launch a Budlocator app that allows consumers to locate the nearest bars or eateries that serve Bud’s products. A limited-edition gold aluminum bottle featuring the World Cup trophy has also been released to celebrate the upcoming tournament.Continue reading...

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Mila Kunis Makes History with Jim Beam in New Global Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 20, 2014 12:07 PM

It's not often you see a woman shilling for a hard liquor brand, but that's because they aren't Mila Kunis.

The red-hot Hollywood actress, who has starred in films like Black Swan and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and voices the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy, is the new front-woman for Jim Beam in what is the company's largest global marketing campaign in its 219-year history. 

It's also a landmark deal for Kunis, who had never pitched for any other brand in the US. But it turns out that putting up a friendly, female face to promote your brand isn't such a bad idea now that 30 percent of bourbon drinkers are female, up 10 percent from years past. Flavored bourbon, which continues to grow, is consumed evenly across women and men, Ad Age notes.Continue reading...

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Heineken Off to a Rough 2014 as New Campaign is Banned in the UK

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 17, 2014 04:24 PM

It was a rough 2013 for Heineken, and 2014 hasn't started off much better. 

The company saw its 2013 profit drop 53 percent, with only $1.87 billion in revenue compared to 2012's $3.98 billion. The company was hoping that “gradual improvement of the global economy should help spur growth” this year, according to the Wall Street Journal

But even an improved economy can't help Heineken avoid the loss of a major ad campaign. That's exactly what's happening in the UK, where it's newest ads for Kronenbourg 1664 have been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority. The ad watchdogs have a problem with the fact that the brew seems to pass itself off as French in the ads, when in reality it is brewed in the UK, according to Ad Age. While the commercial and print campaign contain text saying so, the ASA still feel it is misleading.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Bacardi Goes Green, Crackdown on Gluten-Free Booze Claims and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 14, 2014 06:34 PM

Bacardi Gets Green

Bacardi Limited may be 152 years old, but it is thinking like a youngster. The world’s largest privately held spirits company has set its sights on obtaining “40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products used to make its rums from certified, sustainable sources by 2017 and 100 percent by 2022—an industry first—as part of a new global sustainability campaign,” according to Sustainable Brands.

“Protecting the natural resources we use to create our brands, at every step along the value chain, is central to our corporate responsibility,” said Ed Shirley, Bacardi's president and CEO, according to the site. “We’ve always set the bar high. Now, we’re taking our solid, sustainable foundation to the next level.”

The sustainability campaign doesn't just extend to its supply chain, but also to its corporate offices. As part of the new campaign being launched across 75 offices, Bacardi employees will be able to track just how environmentally-friendly they are being both at home and in the office.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Cheers to Booze Brands at the Big Game

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 31, 2014 08:25 PM

AB InBev Yanks at the Heartstrings 

Having a whole Bud Light-themed ship moored on the West Side of Manhattan isn’t enough of an attention-getter for AB InBev, the official beer sponsor of the Super Bowl. The world’s largest brewer is set to air five commercials during Sunday's Super Bowl.

Like many other Big Game advertisers this year, it has released some of its ads ahead of time. Following a teaser, Budweiser's “Hero’s Welcome” shows the true tale of an American soldier returning home from Afghanistan, while it has also revealed half of the Bud Light “Epic Night” commercial, the second half of which will air during Sunday’s game. 

In true AB InBev tradition, the brand's famous Clydesdales make an appearance in the spot “Puppy Love,” which pulls at the heartstrings with a charming relationship between a puppy and the iconic horses. In two days, the ad has already garnered over 26 million views, and saw the Budweiser puppy get its own (official) Twitter handle (@BudweiserPuppy), hashtag (#BestBuds) and take over the Budweiser Twitter feed. Awww.Continue reading...

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