It used to be that you could walk into any liquor store and, based on price and appearance, be able to quickly discern the premium players from the standard players. The codes of premium were well-established in packaging design — embellished glass, tall bottles, elaborate closures and applied-color instead of paper labels. These visual cues established an aspirational image for many brands that warranted a higher price point — and consumers bought it.
Companies find inspiration from sports and TV shows
September 15, 2016
In celebration of National Rum Day, Aug. 16, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum released a limited-edition summer bottle that featured iconic artwork from the father of old-school tattooing, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, for whom the rum is inspired, the company says. The 92-proof Caribbean Rum is blended with 100 percent natural spices and flavors and features notes of vanilla, cinnamon and toffee, it adds. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is available nationwide for $15.99 for a 750-ml bottle.
Wyler’s Light drink mixes unveiled refreshed, redesigned packaging for its family of drink mixes, which now are available in 16 flavors, including Blueberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Peach Iced Tea and Raspberry.
Relaunching with a focus on made-from-scratch spirits, Milton, Del.-based Dogfish Head Distilling Co. aimed to provide a premium experience that also disrupts the craft spirits space when it introduced the first selections in its new spirits line, featuring Dogfish Head Analog Vodka, Dogfish Head Compelling Gin and Dogfish Head Whole Leaf Gin, it says.
Beverage brands launch new packaging sizes, formats
August 15, 2016
Craft brewery Alpine Beer Co. introduced its fan-favorite Willy Vanilly Ale to consumers nationwide in 12-ounce glass bottles. A vanilla-spiced American wheat ale, Willy Vanilly previously was a draft-only offering exclusively served in the Alpine Beer Co. tasting room and restaurant in San Diego.
Company partners with Saxco International for innovative packaging
July 5, 2016
Baltimore, Md.-based Sagamore Spirit introduced its premium Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey in three major markets in the United States: Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Delaware, with New York to follow shortly, the company says.
Brands celebrate anniversaries, racing and Fourth of July
June 15, 2016
San Antonio Winery announced that its semi-sweet, semi-sparkling Stella Rosa wines now are available in single-serve, 8-ounce aluminum bottles. The sleek European design features a re-sealable, twist-off cap allowing consumers to drink wine anywhere, anytime, the company says.