SABMiller is to unveil a new packaging for its key US beer Miller Lite, in a "year-long commitment" to reinvigorate the brand.

Beginning this month, SAB Miller will roll out a new logo backed up by a comprehensive marketing plan to deliver it to consumers.

"We're out to reinvigorate the adult beer drinker's experience with Miller Lite," said Bob Mikulay, Miller's executive vice president of marketing. "We are unveiling a new look and attitude for Miller Lite with a year-long commitment to creating memorable and exciting - often unexpected - experiences for consumers to share with this great beer."

The logo will adorn all bottles, cans, packaging, point-of-sale materials and signage in stores and on delivery trucks.

Several new editions of the popular Miller Lite "Storytellers" advertising campaign will air in early January, which includes the brand's new visual identity.

Consumers will also see a national print campaign in magazines such as Maxim, ESPN the Magazine and the ever-popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which will include a special Miller Lite calendar.

"Miller Lite is engaging a whole new generation of beer drinkers - 30 years after establishing the light beer category," said Mikulay. "We've got some exciting events planned; beer drinkers should watch for some spectacular stuff coming from the brand throughout 2003 and beyond."

Although Miller was the first company to sell a nationally successful low-calorie beer, Miller Lite has been losing ground to rivals Bud Light and Coors Light, the No. 1 and No. 2 low-calorie brands sold by Anheuser-Busch Co. (BUD) and Adolph Coors Co. (RKY), respectively.