InBev UK has announced the launch of chilled versions of Castlemaine 'XXXX' and Boddingtons in the country.

The company's 'Big Chill' initiative for 2006 will see the arrival of Castlemaine 'XXXX' Xtra Cold and Boddingtons Extra Cold - which will help drive sales by giving consumers more choice, raising the bar visibility of the brands and allowing retailers the opportunity to prepare for summer, the UK unit said today (5 December).

Both newcomers will be available alongside the standard variants from 1 January following extensive live trials. 

InBev UK plans to install around 5,000 extra cold fonts in the first quarter of next year. The Extra Cold variants, which will be served at two degrees lower than their respective normal serving temperatures, will have a retail price on a par with their standard versions.

The two beers will be supported by national TV advertising in the spring, with stockists receiving point-of-sale merchandise including branded glassware. New fonts have been developed for both brands to communicate the proposition.