Pernod Ricard has mixed white rum and Tequila to develop Malibu Red, which will launch in the US early next year in partnership with R&B music star Ne-Yo.

The company said earlier today (31 October) that Ne-Yo has been "the creative force" behind Malibu Red, which the drinks giant says will encourage consumers to "rethink the rum category". At 35% abv, the Malibu variant will be priced at a slight premium to regular Malibu, although specific pricing details have not yet been released.

Pernod said that Malibu Red is set to launch in March and will be supported by a heavyweight marketing campaign, including television, print, digital, events and samplings. The product will be available in both on- and off-trade, Pernod said.

It added that Malibu Red "will continue to expand Malibu usage year-round and into new occasions".