The iconic Goan beer King's now owned by Sachin Joshi's Viiking Ventures has now launched the strong variant King's Maxx and would be available across Goa and Maharashtra very soon, with the rest of the states not too far. Being brewed in Goa, the beer holds a signature taste and has been a preferred choice for the beer lovers. Just last year, the group won the prestigious ‘Iconic Brands Of India’ award for Goa King’s Premium Pilsner and they intend to emulate the same success with their new SKU - MaXX
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United Breweries Limited has launched Kingfisher Ultra MAX, a higher-alcohol variant of its hugely successful premium beer brand Kingfisher ULTRA, catering to Indian beer drinkers’ evolving taste for a refined premium strong beer. Kingfisher Ultra MAX, undergoes a slow-brewing process and a prolonged maturation, using fine imported pilsen malts to produce a smooth, crisp and refined strong beer, with a distinct and pleasant malty note.
Each facet of the brand offering ranging from its unique taste to contemporary packaging spells class, elegance and sophistication. Kingfisher Ultra MAX stands out with striking black and gold graphics, designed by the London-based Claessens International, featuring the iconic kingfisher bird soaring skywards. The brand will be available in 650ml and 330ml bottles with the added convenience of a ring-pull cap. A 500ml can will complete the SKU offering in the launch phase. In line with its premium positioning, world-class brew and distinct packaging, Kingfisher Ultra MAX will be priced at the top end of the beer pyramid, making it the most premium strong beer brand in the country. In Bangalore, the brand retails at Rs 150, Rs 120 and Rs 90 for the 650ml, 500ml and 330ml SKUs respectively.
Commenting on the launch, Samar Singh Sheikhawat, Senior Vice-President (Marketing), United Breweries Limited, said, “The market for higher alcohol beers has been growing consistently over the years, and continues to develop both in terms of volume and salience to the total market. The Indian Beer drinker today is seeking differentiation in terms of a more refined taste and palate, and is willing to pay for this added value. Re-enforcing our commitment to providing the best to our consumers, we have launched Kingfisher Ultra MAX as an extension of our hugely successful Kingfisher ULTRA brand, and now the Indian beer drinker, can enjoy a distinctive, refined beer packed with a punch.”
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Heineken®, the world’s No.1 international premium beer announced the launch of the STAR CANin India, coinciding with the global roll-out of the newmodern and progressive STAR CAN design which conveys sophisticated simplicity. In India, Heineken is currently available in 650ml and 330ml bottles and the latest500ml aluminum STAR CAN, which expands the brand offering in India, is expected to attract new consumers and cater to more consumption occasions.
Commenting on the launch, Samar Singh Sheikhawat - Senior Vice-President, Marketing, United Breweries Limited said, “Heineken STAR CAN will be launched in a phased manner, beginning with Daman, Goa, Delhi, Pondicherry & Bangalore, followed by other key consumption markets like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Haryana, UP and Punjab. Cans will help increase the sales of Heineken and we expect the overall brand to grow organically by over 50% this year. We hope to extend the drinking experience to more drinking occasions and reach out to new consumers.”
Heineken has been targeting the globe-trotting, James Bond-inspired demographic through its various initiatives and the new can plays into the image. The Heineken Star Can will be available in the 500ml size and will be priced at Rs120/- in Maharashtra & Bangalore. The can is priced at Rs 100/- and Rs 70/- in Delhi & Goa respectively.
Commenting on the STAR CAN, Mark van Iterson, Manager - Heineken® Global Design & Concept said, “The packaging design of Heineken® must always stay true to its core values, it must be progressive and iconic and it must be clearly recognizable on the retailers’ shelf. The visibility of the aluminum on the STAR CAN creates a fresh, masculine look with an open character. Bare aluminum looks very fresh and thirst-quenching when you take the can out of the fridge. The red star is one of our most important visual symbols and has always been part of the brand identity. We’ve made it larger and more visible so it really stands out to consumers.”
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