Pepe Zevada Z Tequila released a new look for its line of tequilas. The new label still features the brand’s iconic Z, but takes inspiration from colonial and mid-century modern Mexican styles, the company says. Dee Kelleher, president of Empresario Brands, the parent company of Z Tequila, led the design initiative.
CytoSport Inc., maker of Muscle Milk, is featuring seven college athletic programs on custom, limited-edition 14-ounce bottles to celebrate college football season. Partner programs include the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona State Sun Devils, Oregon Ducks, Syracuse Orange, Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies and the Texas Longhorns.
Spindrift unveiled new packaging for its self-titled beverages. “We were the first to directly challenge the market with fresh ingredients and with so much evolution in the category, it is now more important than ever to communicate our unique use of real fruit in our package design,” Spindrift Chief Executive Officer and Founder Bill Creelman said in a statement.
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.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the international music festival Lollapalooza, which makes a stop each year at Grant Park in Chicago, is an event that always has excited locals and drawn tourists from throughout the country.
Across the beverage market, the craft phenomenon seems to have made an impact. As the craft beer segment grows and more brands enter the market, craft brewers are utilizing secondary packaging as a means to stand out on the shelf and tell their stories, experts say.
The January premiere issue of 2020 kicks off with the Bottler of the Year profile on Refreshment Services Inc. (RSI) Key West. Readers also can clue-in on the latest developments and insight in reusable packaging, tracking technology in distribution, and new, convenient ways antioxidants are shining as ingredients. Readers also can check out new product releases, the latest in packaging, and innovations in the supermarkets space. The year in beverage has much in store, so read up now!
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