NETHERLANDS: Heineken puts faith in innovation, namesake brand - report
Heineken investing more in namesake brand
Heineken is investing more resources in its namesake beer brand and wants to benefit more greatly from innovations as it seeks to offset the group's exposure to sluggish beer markets, according to a report.
The Netherlands-based brewer wants to double the contribution of innovations to group net sales within the next decade, Heineken's chief commercial officer, Alexis Nasard, is quoted as saying in a Reuters report yesterday (26 January). Innovations made in the last three years currently account for 3% of sales, he said.
The brewer is also investing more heavily behind the Heineken brand, Nasard added, as is evidenced by the launch of a global advertising campaign on the brand earlier this month.
"We are increasing the emphasis on the Heineken brand in terms of resource allocation and investment," he told Reuters. "The early signs from our new campaign are very encouraging."
Heineken has a claim to be the most improved brewer of 2010 following its acquisition of FEMSA Cerveza early in the year. The deal significantly increased the firm's exposure to emerging markets, a move that many analysts believed was necessary for the company to progress. The group is also building a strong presence in Africa and has acquired a 37.5% stake in India's leading brewer, United Breweries.
At the same time, however, Heineken's exposure to mature beer markets in Western Europe remains relatively high. Excluding the addition of FEMSA Cerveza to results, Heineken's beer volumes and net sales both dropped by 2% for the third quarter of 2010.
The US arm of Heineken is preparing the next advert in its 'Be a Man of the World' campaign for Heineken Light....
Castel Group's African beer business, Brasseries & Glacieres Internationales, has reportedly formed a joint-venture with Raya Brewery in Ethiopia....
Heineken UK has said that Foster's will again sponsor the Edinburgh Comedy Awards this year....
- Why did Mast-Jägermeister buy Sidney Frank?
- Why consumers don't care about vodka's provenance
- Pernod Ricard's FY Performance by Region, Brand
- Brown-Forman's Q1 Performance by Region, Brand
- Japan follows in Scotch whisky's footsteps
- Diageo launches glass Bulleit & Cola bottles
- Pernod Ricard "in line" after full-year results
- Pernod Ricard releases social medial guide
- Bruno Mars rum rolls out across US
- Brown-Forman CEO unfazed by FX headwinds
- Global gin insights - market data, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Future growth opportunities for global spirits
- Global Tequila insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Global rum insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Global vodka insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research