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...
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...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 24, 2014 08:07 PM
Craft Beer Cracks the Candy Market
Jelly Belly has never been afraid to offer up exotic flavors to its customers. In addition to all the expected sweets, Jelly Belly offers jelly beans that taste like, dirt, vomit, grass and booger. Yum.
So maybe it isn’t so shocking that its latest flavoring to hit the market is… beer. The company has been working for three years to perfect the taste of a decent brewski to add to its collection of other alcohol-themed jelly beans, such as Mai Tai and piña colada.
"First, we tried to work on matching the hops. Then we worked on the yeast flavor," Ambrose Lee, Jelly Belly's research and development manager, told USA Today. It took years for Budweiser to get it right, too.
Jelly Belly is keen on capitalizing on the world's building beer craze, but that doesn't mean it will get through the gate without a few moms wagging their finger at the adventurous brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 17, 2014 08:14 PM
Johnnie Walker Gets Responsible
Johnnie Walker loves the idea of enjoying drinks—responsibly, of course. The brand makes the point extra clear with a new 90-second spot that features a Formula 1 race car made out of glasses.
"The film acts as a reminder of the fragility of human life," Grant Hunter, Asia-Pacific creative director for Iris Worldwide, told Adweek. "Ultimately it's an alcohol brand stepping up to its responsibilities. And I like to think we've delivered it in a beautiful and considered manner."
It took 1,750 glasses to create the illusion of a full-out racing car that shatters and reforms. The ad pulls double duty by also highlighting the brand's sponsorship of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 racing team.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 10, 2014 08:20 PM
Absolut Drops the Vodka
General alcohol categories are no longer a good look for Pernod Ricard's Absolut. The vodka brand is in fact dropping the word 'vodka' from all of its marketing, though it will still use the label on its bottles.
According to Marketing Week, the "refreshed identity" will be rolled out in the coming months in hopes to “simplify, unify and amplify the brand’s messaging platforms," in a way that makes only knowing the "Absolut" name necessary for distinction among other alcohol brands.
Sure thing, Pernod.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 3, 2014 08:27 PM
Japan's Whiskey Boom
Japan isn’t the first country most people think of when contemplating the best whiskey in the world, but the country’s distilleries are in the midst of a boom time and production and exports are scheduled to go up this year, according to Reuters.
The concern, though, is that a similar boom suddenly died in the 1990s, which caused a few smaller distilleries to shut down. The hope is to not see a repeat of those events while producing enough whiskey to meet the currently rising demand.
"At the moment, no one can see this boom busting,” said Marcin Miller, an importer of small-batch Japanese whisky. "The difficulty is that you're making it today for 20 or 50 years' time."
So drink up, world.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2013 06:47 PM
Molson Heads to the Philippines
Molson scored a hit earlier this year when it stuck red fridges filled with brews all over Europe that only opened when Canadian passports were presented. People loved it so much that the company decided to extend the program, the Globe and Mail reports.
The company asked its employees to come up with interesting Canadians across the planet and settled on a man on an exotic island in the Philippines. Molson delivered a fridge full of the beer to him, his two best friends, and a satellite so he can watch Team Canada play. The full video will be aired during Team Canada’s first game of the world junior hockey championship on Boxing Day.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 13, 2013 07:10 PM
Newcastle Drives Drinkers Home
Newcastle introduced a new brew, Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale, and it wants consumers to enjoy it without worrying about how they'll make it home. So Newcastle offered a handful of imbibers a ride in a traditional English taxi at no charge, but there was of course a catch. Riders had to tell everyone what they felt about the new beer via a massive megaphone strapped onto the top of the cab.
Even though that hilarious chapter has closed (after 67 noise complaints), Newcastle is extending the program by offering $5 taxi discounts to people in 60 cities if they book their ride home through the Taxi Magic app, Drinks Business Review reports. More than a million dollars has been set aside to fund the effort through the holidays.Continue reading...