White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA celebrated the official first run of Red Stripe to come off the line in Jamaica. Following the acquisition of a controlling stake of the brand in October 2015, Heineken has been working toward repatriation of the production of Red Stripe beer from North America back to the brand’s home country of Jamaica, it says.
“Red Stripe is an iconic brand with strong consumer recognition and a rich history dating back 87 years,” said Andrew Anguin, brand manager of Red Stripe, in a statement. “We believe fans of this Jamaican staple will be as enthusiastic as we are to see the first run of Red Stripe back home in Jamaica since production was moved in 2012.”
The first shipment of Red Stripe will head for the United States on Sept. 1, with cases expected to hit retail shelves in November, the company says. The move is part of a larger plan to catapult Red Stripe to a truly global brand within the Heineken portfolio, it adds.
“At Heineken USA, we believe today’s shoppers put a high value on transparency and authenticity and choose beer brands that reflect that through and through,” Anguin added. “All of the brands in our portfolio — including Heineken, Heineken Light, Dos Equis, Tecate, Tecate Light and Strongbow — are authentic imports produced and shipped from outside the U.S. Now, with production returned to Jamaica, Red Stripe can boast these same credentials."