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Alcoholic drinks

Alcoholic drinks is a major advertising sector, covering categories such as beer, cider, wines and spirits. Marketing of these products is regulated in many markets, in particular with regard to limiting exposure of alcohol marketing to children. Key trends in the industry include the rise of ‘craft’ brands in several markets, particularly craft beer but also premium spirits.

Key Reading

Important papers from across the Warc database

This Best Practice paper outlines five tactics that marketers of alcoholic drinks can employ to differentiate themselves in market and achieve a premium price positioning. Tips include the use of trendy ingredients, celebrity endorsement and stylish packaging.
This article describes innovative ways in which drinks marketers are responding to a declining pub industry in the UK.
Insights on the use of digital and in particular the value of mobile for the alcoholic drinks sector.
How a major vodka brand engages millennial consumers with clever use of digital touchpoints.

Case Study

This case study describes how cider brand Orchard Thieves Cider used a multichannel approach to appeal to Millennials to launch into the market in Ireland.

Case Study

This case study describes how Mercury Hard Cider, an Australian cider brand, utilised packaging to reinvigorate sales in the Australian market.

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This case study looks at Green's, a British gluten-free beer brand, that rebranded in order to sit more comfortably among mainstream beer shelves, a departure from the prior 'pharmaceutical look'.

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This case study reveals how Molson Coors, a beer brand, helped convenience retailers in the UK improve their store environments to drive sales of beer and cider.

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This case study demonstrates how Steinlager, New Zealand's No1 premium beer, grew sales by breaking the mould of standard industry advertising.

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This case study describes how Coors Light, the US beer brand, remedied declines in sales and penetration by creating Climb On, a campaign that echoed a desire shared by all people - not just men: to overcome obstacles.
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This event report discusses how the Czech brewery, Plzeňský Prazdroj, found a gap in the otherwise saturated long drinks market, launching a cider to appeal to the fifth of drinkers who do not opt for beer.


This report discusses the luxury goods industry in a global context, including changes in key markets, consumer attitudes and technology’s influence on luxury goods.


This event report looks at how Patrón, the ultra-premium tequila brand, approaches consumer segmentation.


This Company Profile from Euromonitor provides key details and analysis of Pernod Ricard, the owner of brands such as Jacob's Creek and Montana.


This Company Profile from Euromonitor provides key details and analysis of Bacardi & Co Ltd, the owner of brands such as Grey Goose and Eristoff vodka.


This Company Profile from Euromonitor provides key details and analysis of Campari, the owner of brands such as Aperol and Skyy.
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  1. Article

    This case study shows how Guinness, a beer brand, developed an award winning campaign to cement its brand identity across the UK and Irish markets.
  2. Article

    This case study indicates how Jameson, a whisky brand, developed a campaign to engage locally with US consumers and bars to increase sales and brand awareness.

  3. Article

    This event report outlines how Heineken USA, the brewing group, is using proximity marketing to engage with consumers across different moments and touchpoints.

  4. Article

    Although various types of price promotion are used to increase sales, they negatively may affect consumers' perceptions of a premium-product brand.
  5. Article

    This extract from the book 'The Brand Challenger' discusses luxury marketing, and puts forward five 'anti-laws', where the usual rules of marketing do not apply to luxury brands.

  6. Article

    This article explores how luxury brands use digital and social media to build proximity to consumers whilst maintaining distance in an 'unselling' strategy.

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