Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 04:02 PM
Heineken continues to press its advantages as a premier premium beer brand (#95 on Interbrand's new Best Global Brands report) in a world where volume brews continue to fade.
New Heineken US initiatives range from an extension of its #Heineken100 partnerships with American luxury goods designers, to a new long-term deal with US Major League Soccer and greater use of contextualized "native" advertising on mobile.
The #Heineken100 initiative is the most upper-crust by far. The brewer recruited Chris Gibbs, onwer of pioneering retail outpost Union Los Angeles, to identify and work with other tastemakers, defined artisans and creators who "not only embody Heineken's aspirational and metropolitan essence, but are on the cusp of becoming innovators in their industries," said Belen Pamukoff, Heineken's brand director of marketing, in a press release.
For the fifth year of #Heineken100, the three new brand partners are Parabellum, a premium bison leather goods brand; high-end eyewear label GLCO (Garrett Leight California Optical); and RTH, a Los Angeles-based purveyor of re-engineered American surplus apparel, handcrafted housewares, leather portage and Native American jewelry.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 09:09 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2014 08:35 AM
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Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 2, 2014 12:18 PM
Back in 2010, Heineken set an ambitious target to reach an innovation rate of 6% by 2020. As part of that effort, almost two years ago the brewer issued a global innovation challenge to creatives under the auspices of its Innovators Brewhouse platform.
Now the Dutch beer giant is back with another global challenge, this time reaching out to tech, mobile and digital disruptors for innovative ideas to help "create an ecosystem of services and digital tools" by launching Frontier, an accelerator to foster innovation around the brand's product and customer experience.Continue reading...
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Posted by Shirley Brady on September 29, 2014 07:32 PM
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Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2014 03:52 PM
AB InBev is shaking the beer industry up like a tumbling can of Bud, as the No. 1 company reportedly is considering acquiring No. 2 rival SABMiller and taking the consolidation route toward improving profitability in the face of almost-impossible odds of growing its empire by selling more beer.
What was for certain on Monday was that No. 3 Heineken said that it spurned a takeover approach from SABMiller, etablishing that the Heineken familiy that controls the Dutch brewer intends "to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company." A merger of the industry's Nos. 2 and 3 players, of course, would have made such an entity much more formidable against AB InBev at a time when the volume-beer industry continues to contract.
Bloomberg reported that SABMiller attempted to corral Heineken in part out of fear that AB InBev indeed is stalking it. "That SABMiller's inorganic [growth] optoins have been so publicly lessened puts ABI in an even stronger position, should it choose to make a move on SABMiller," Eddy Hargreaves, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said in a note today. "SABMiller shareholders may be even more likely now to welcome a bid."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2014 09:37 AM
AB InBev seeks financing to buy SABMiller, which in turn is pursuing Heineken.
Microsoft agrees to buy Minecraft parent for $2.5 billion.
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Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 1, 2014 09:53 AM
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