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Bacardi Personalizes Bottles with Direct Digital Print

BACARDĂŤ rum, the number one rum in Europe, has launched a limited-editionglass bottle that uses direct digital printing to bring an Augmented Reality experience to consumers.

Direct digital print on glass includes tactile elements.
Direct digital print on glass includes tactile elements.

The printing is done by O-I: EXPRESSIONS, whose direct digital print technology comes from Dekron.

Simone Kockelmann, Customer Marketing Manager BACARDí Europe, says, “Consumers are looking for personalized brand experiences. The digitally printed bottle, together with our AR experience and the Snapchat lens, transport the user to the homeland of BACARDÍ, the shores of the Caribbean. We previously used sleeves for our limited edition bottles, but O-I : EXPRESSIONS gives a much improved look and feel to the packaging and is a more sustainable alternative.”

The brand’s Caribbean spirit is the heart of the promotion, starting with the bottle’s graphic design.  On the shelf, the bottle stands out through its 360° full-color print of palm leaves and tropical flowers.  Through the selective application of design elements in O-I : EXPRESSIONS RELIEF, a tactile effect was added to the BACARDĂŤ bat motif and the brand name along with selected leaves and flowers. An innovative Augmented Reality (AR) experience and a Snapchat Lens can be unlocked via the Snapcode on the bottle.  This is the first time Bacardi has offered an AR experience through Snapchat and the first time it has used O-I: Expressions.

Replacing the sleeve with direct-to-bottle digital printing that relies on organic inks improves the environmental footprint of the product and reduces its use of plastic. The limited edition launched on July 1 in Austria, Italy, and Denmark. A second wave for Germany, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, and Slovakia follows in autumn to capitalize on the vital pre-Christmas sales period.

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Melianthe Leeman, Global Innovation Leader for O-I, says, “O-I : EXPRESSIONS has been enthusiastically embraced by the wine industry and we were confident that it was an equally desirable solution for spirits brands. The BACARDĂŤ rum limited edition is a great demonstration of how limited editions are increasingly important in maintaining brand relevance with consumers. We are working with the brand and several other spirits producers on a range of projects which will further demonstrate the appeal of our late-stage differentiation and customization services.”



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