Molson Canada today awarded its Miller advertising business in English Canada to internationally renowned Canadian- based agency, Bensimon Byrne D'Arcy. The Miller assignment includes Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft and Milwaukee's Best.

"Bensimon Byrne D'Arcy has earned more of our beer marketing business," explains Michael Downey, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Molson Canada. "Following the strong performance of the I AM Canadian campaign - we are eager to see what type of breakthrough creative is in store for the Miller brands."

The agency's first assignment on the Miller business is the development of new print and outdoor advertising for Miller Genuine Draft for the Western Canada market. The agency received world-wide attention in the spring with the re-birth of the beer company's flagship brand - Molson Canadian. The television campaign was awarded a bronze medal at Cannes, the academy-awards of marketing/advertising, along with numerous other industry accolades.

"What an incredible year this has been for our agency, we were overwhelmed with the response to our current Molson campaign and look forward to building on that success by providing strong creative for the Miller brands as well," says Jack Bensimon, President, Bensimon Byrne D'Arcy. "We consider ourselves fortunate to have such a solid relationship with Molson - it truly is a team effort that is anything but the conventional agency/client model."

Dick Strup, President, Miller International, added "the team at Molson is proving that with the right blend of passionate people working on your business, you can significantly impact a product's success in the market. We're pleased to have Molson lead our marketing efforts in Canada and we welcome Bensimon Byrne D'Arcy to the account."

Molson is Canada's pre-eminent brewer with more than $2 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1786, Molson is North America's oldest beer brand and a global brand name with products that include Molson Canadian, Molson Export, Molson Dry and Rickard's Red.