SORRY ABOUT THE TWIGS, FOLKS

Gorilla marketing snaps a few branches.

In a masterful stroke of marketing genius New Zealand’s Montieth’s Brewery inserted a small apple tree twig into its cider product cartons as they left the brewery.  The resulting backlash from some “concerned” consumers was turned on its head with some tongue in cheek advertising and PR.  Bottom line; sales went up 32%!

Not all PR is good PR unless it works in your favor.  Cheers mate!

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SORRY ABOUT THE TWIGS, FOLKS – YouTube.

A Bud by any other name – British court rules in battle of the Buds

Two different Budweiser trademarks

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” – the Bard

In the brand battles raging across the globe, a relatively small state owned brewery in the Czech Republic has won another round in its fight to use its historic Budweiser trademark in Britain.  A court in the UK believes that British beer drinkers actually can tell the difference between the original Budvar and its young pretender from the USA.  The court rejected Anheuser-Busch’s request that brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP stop using the name Budweiser.  This mirrors another recent decision from the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg affirming the use in Britain of the centuries old trademark by the brewery form the city of České Budějovice (Budweis).

What are the odds that beer drinkers on this side of the pond will develop such a discerning palate?  Given the explosion of micro and craft breweries in the USA, I’d say the odds are pretty good.  However, given AB’s deep pockets and the lobbying industry in this country, I’d also say that Davey will not beat Goliath on these shores any time soon.

British court rules in battle of the Buds – Packaging Digest.