Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2013 06:37 PM
Heineken Teams Up with Marc Newson
Home brewers are no longer a tiny niche market of experimental adventurers. The group keeps growing, particularly as the craft-beer movement continues to put its dent into the bottom lines of major beer purveyors.
And Heineken is getting in on the action. It has teamed up with design god Marc Newson and Krups to create what a company release calls “a sleek, stylish draught beer lifestyle appliance” called The Sub. The machine comes with a 2-liter keg that allows consumers to craft “perfect quality, super chilled beers” such as Heineken, Affligem, Desperados, and Birra Moretti Baffo d'Oro in their own homes. Seasonal beers will also be available.
The Sub will first be found in France and Italy in 2014 and be rolled out to other markets throughout the year. Newson-designed extras such as a full serving case, glassware, mats, and a skimmer are optional accessories. Heineken is calling it “the future of beer,” but consumers might just call it “convenient.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 16, 2013 07:22 PM
For decades, Absolut’s ad campaigns have been all about transformations, turning the iconic bottle into an Adirondack chair, a tiara, and a funky Southwestern piece of art, among a slew of other things. But the brand’s newest ad campaign isn’t about how its bottle can be transformed, but how art can help Millennials transform not just themselves but also the world around them.
Young adults can "break free from the idea that anything is predetermined and take control of their future," said Absolut VP of Global Marketing Jonas Tahlin, according to MediaPost. "Absolut has always tapped into the transformative power of art, but...[with the new campaign], we’ll take a more active part in stimulating transformation and pushing the cultural scene forward.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 16, 2013 09:36 AM
Danone accused of bribing hospitals to use its powdered milk in China.
Gap returns to TV advertising after four years.
Whole Foods Market plans to open store in low-income Chicago neighborhood.
Absolut launches global "Transform Today" campaign.
Boeing closes in on South Korean fighter-jet deal but Dreamliner runs into more turbulence.
Chili’s plans to install tabletop computer screens.
China Telecom cuts iPhone subsidies.
Chrysler reluctantly moves toward IPO soon.
Citi hypes double points in New York.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 23, 2013 06:03 PM
Diageo Wins Packaging Battle for Parrot Bay
The American Beverage Corporation (ABC) and Pouch Pac Innovations have been trying to stop Diageo from distributing its frozen Parrot Bay ready-to-drink cocktail line, but the court system has declared Parrot Bay the winner. The brand could face a jury trial next year, though, related to its packaging, according to Beverage Daily.
ABC felt that Parrot Bay too closely parroted its own Daily Cocktails. “With the introduction of these frozen cocktail pouches, Daily's essentially created and built an extremely successful frozen cocktail market,” ABC said earlier this year. That concern apparently didn’t bother the courts.
ABC is now in the process of deciding if it wants to get dragged through a jury trial.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 16, 2013 05:12 PM
Coors Light Draws Complaints Over 'Superior' Can Can
Coors Light is catching some grief for claims it has made about its new cans that debuted in May. The company says that it's "the world's most refreshing can" and gives "a smoother, more refreshing pour.”
AB-InBev complained to the National Advertising Division, but MillerCoors wouldn’t voluntarily take part in a review, so the complaint has been passed along to the Federal Trade Commission, a move AB-InBev applauds, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.
MillerCoors spokesman Jonathan Stern told AdAge that any statements about the can either "clearly are intended as acceptable marketing puffery" or have been borne out through testing. Despite that, the ads will be off the air by the end of September. Will that be enough to satisfy the world’s largest brewer after a summer of hearing that its cans weren’t the best in the world? It doesn’t look like it.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 14, 2013 09:22 AM
Taco Bell reveals Fiery as third flavor of Doritos Locos Tacos.
Coca-Cola defends safety of artificial sweeteners in new ad.
Adidas gains on Nike in China by balancing performance with fashion.
AB InBev disputes MillerCoors claims about superiority of Coors Light cans.
AOL apologizes over public firing of Patch director.
Absolut launches artistic redesign of flavored-vodka range.
Amazon hires for a secret N.J. warehouse, perhaps signaling New York grocery delivery.
Apple is pushed on buyback by Carl Icahn after he reveals $1.5 billion stake.
BMW uses humorous new campaign to boost diesel.
Chipotle faces shortage of "responsibly raised" meat.
Craigslist costs local newspapers $5 billion in classified-ad revenue.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 19, 2013 06:37 PM
AB InBev Finally Making Deal With US Over Modelo
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, which controls close to 19 percent of the globe’s beer market, has been trying to buy Mexico’s Grupo Modelo SAB, which owns close to 3 percent of the world’s beer market, for months now, only held up by the pesky US government, which thought the merger could mean too much power for AB InBev.
The two sides have been talking since at least February about how a deal might be structured so that everybody gets what they want. And now, just days before the two sides were requested to report to a US District Judge, the word on the street is that they have come to an agreement, Bloomberg.com reports.
In order to have this merger occur, Modelo will have to “sell control of all its brands in the US, as well as a brewery it built in Piedras Negras, Mexico, to Constellation Brands (STZ), a winemaker and drink-distribution company,” Bloomberg reports. As part of the new agreement, InBev “gave up an option to buy back a stake in Crown Imports LLC, the US distributor of Corona and the other Modelo brands.” Crown will end up being owned by Constellation.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 5, 2013 06:30 PM
Gun Company Fires Back at Tommy Guns Vodka
Chicago mobsters back in the days of Al Capone favored a submachine gun known as the Tommy gun, which was then glorified in plenty of films and books about the era. But Tommy guns aren’t some relic of history. Saeilo Enterprises still makes them, and the owners aren’t very happy with Alphonse Capone Enterprises and its Tommy Guns Vodka, which is sold in a bottle shaped like the famous gun.
In fact, they are so annoyed that a lawsuit has been filed, the Chicago Tribune reports. Saeilo wants all of the Tommy Guns Vodka that is left to be turned over so it can all be destroyed. (Consumption counts as destroying, right?)Continue reading...