Molson pushes Home Draught

Molson pushes Home Draught

Molson Coors has launched its Home Draught system to spearhead an GBP8m (US$11.8m) investment in the UK's growing off-trade beer market.

Home Draught kegs, designed to fit into a home fridge, will be available for Carling, Grolsch and Coors Light in retailers including Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

Molson Coors will launch the 10-pint kegs next month to coincide with the start of the FIFA World Cup.

"We’ve invested GBP8m in this launch and fully believe it will reinvigorate the in-home beer market, helping to build the beer category and give a massive boost to the in-home beer industry as a whole," said the CEO of Molson Coors UK, Mark Hunter.

He told just-drinks at a launch event yesterday (12 May) that the kegs have a recommended retail price of between GBP14 and GBP17 each.

Consumers in the UK have been migrating from pubs and bars to the off-trade for several years, putting pressure on brewers' margins due to lower prices in the supermarkets.

"We want to attract value into the category by closing the gap between on-trade and off-trade pricing," said Hunter, adding that Home Draught will add a sense of "novelty" and "ritual" to at-home drinking.

Molson Coors is also planning to launch Home Draught in selected pubs, but Hunter said that the initiative will be predominantly an off-trade product.

The brewer has created 36 new jobs at its Burton on Trent brewery by building a new production line to bottle the three Home Draught brands.