Peeterman in off-trade move

23 February, 2007

InBev UK will launch Peeterman Artois, a 4 per cent abv lager with a hint of wheat and coriander, in supermarkets and specialist chains next month.

The beer, which hit the on-trade last year and has been supported by a poster ad campaign, will be marketed alongside other members of the "Artois family" in a special fixture , according to InBev's take-home director Steve McAllister.

He said: "The fixture will be different across the market, but essentially what we will have is some communication or something that brings the brands together. We are talking to our retail partners about how we merchandise Peeterman Artois and Stella Artois together. Then there will be some sort of leaflets or fixture dividers that talk about the range . In some retailers Artois Bock will be there as well."

Peeterman Artois will be available in four, 12 and 20-packs of 44cl cans, priced 3.59, 8.99 and 13.99 . It target s premium lager drinkers who want something with lower alcohol, for example when drinking during the week.

"What we are trying to do with Peeterman is offer 4 per cent customers something a bit extra," said McAllister. "The data we were getting from the on-trade showed that not only was Peeterman bringing in new consumers, it was also having an effect that Stella Artois was performing better as well. "

InBev plans to take the brand to independent off-licences later in the year.

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