Already a success in the United Kingdom, Smirnoff Ice from Guinness Bass Import and United Distillers & Vintners, Stamford, CT, began rolling out in February in the United States and Canada. Called an “alco-pop,” the five-percent-proof citrus-flavored malt beverage comes in a 12-oz glass bottle with decorating reminiscent of bottles for Smirnoff’s vodka. The product is being offered exclusively for on-premise consumption in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs.
Korbel Champagne Cellars and musician Kenny G have teamed up to offer a special bottle of champagne for Valentines Day. This artist series vintage from Geyserville, CA-based Korbel features Kenny Gs artwork on its label, which was designed by HKA (San Francisco, CA).
William Grant & Sons, U.S. distributor of beverages such as Dry Sack Sherry, and Licor 43, called on Bailey Design Group (Plymouth Meeting, PA) to design specialized packaging for its products just in time for the holidays.
Franciscan Estate, a St. Helena, CA-based winery, wanted to create a story for Primus, its premium Chilean red table wine. To achieve that, the winery turned to Michael Osborne Design (San Francisco, CA) to create a label that would evoke a sense of the vintages rich Chilean heritage.
Variotec Innovative Packaging Systems (Kaufbeuren, Germany) has launched a new dispensing concept called Dialpack. First used in Germany in 1999 for Variotecs own Variosun brand sunscreen, the Dialpack system allows consumers to select their preferred level of SPF protection between every application. A dial on the front panel of the polypropylene bottle can be adjusted to meet specific sunscreen needs.