Lone Star Light showed off its new package design at the Seventh Annual Great Texas Beer Festival on May 22. According to San Antonio, TX-based Pabst Brewing Co., LS Light was redesigned to differentiate the brand as a stand-alone, as opposed to its previous stance as a “light version” of Lone Star.
Bomba Energy drinks hit the United States in a grenade-shaped 8.4-oz glass bottle topped with a steel cap and ring closure. When the ring is pulled, the cap lifts open. The exclusive importer, Energy Beverage Company of Long Island City, NY, launched the Bomba Energia Getränkevertriebs GmbH product in this country in May.
Clear, pressure-sensitive labels are decorating Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) and Genuine Draft Light (MGD Light) 12-oz long-neck bottles for Miller’s national on-premise summer and fall ’01 music promotions. Paper labels are also being replaced by the no-label-look for national retail distribution of the two brands. Last year, Miller tested 11 core markets with the clear labels and “significant volume increases were realized by both brands,” says Ron Acosta, public relations manager for MGD.
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.
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.