Heineken® Launches New Moderation Campaign Based On Millennials' Desire To Drink Responsibly

With 75% of Millennials Limiting Alcohol Consumption a Majority of Their Nights Out, Heineken Celebrates Moderation as the New Norm

Jan 13, 2016, 09:00 ET from Heineken

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Heineken® launched an integrated global marketing campaign "Moderate Drinkers Wanted," that champions responsible alcohol consumption.

Rooted in research that shows responsible drinking is becoming the preferred means of enjoyment for those 21+, Heineken® is using the campaign to encourage men to drink responsibly during their nights out by showcasing how potential partners may find those who practice responsible behavior more approachable. Click here to view the new Heineken® TV spot: https://youtu.be/5A4v3vyHWOU

Data for the campaign was collected by Canvas8, who polled 5,000 21-35 year-old premium beer drinkers in five countries1. The key findings revealed the following:

"A Moderation Movement"

  • Three out of four millennials (75%) limit how much alcohol they drink on the majority of their nights out.
  • Nearly four of every ten surveyed (38%) state that they moderate their alcohol consumption every single time they go out.

"Masters of their Universe"

  • Well over two-thirds of millennials (69%) cite avoiding loss of control as the primary motivation for limiting alcohol consumption on a night out.
  • More than a third of those surveyed (36%) admit they have suffered "social shaming" after appearing to be drunk in a photo on social media.

"Quality Over Quantity"

  • The x-factor for a great night out is shifting, with millennials prioritizing good food and friends over excessive alcohol consumption. They are also searching for 'new experiences' (49%) rather than the same old 'great entertainment' (39%).

"Future Focused"

  • When it comes to finding 'the one,' nearly all (97%) believe that drinking excessively is not conducive to meeting someone and falling in love.
  • The vast majority of survey participants (88%) accept that they are responsible for how their life turns out.
  • Nearly three-fourths of those surveyed (71%) believe that their life is better when they moderate their behavior.
  • Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) feel they have to work harder for career success than their parents.

"This study shows responsibility is becoming an active – and attractive – choice for a motivated generation who want to stay in control," said Nuno Teles, Chief Marketing Officer, Heineken USA. "Drinking responsibly enables millennials to shape their own reputation and to make the best of every opportunity that comes their way."

The new campaign builds on Heineken®'s long-standing commitment to use its flagship brand to convey the "Enjoy Responsibly" message. "Moderate Drinkers Wanted" is the third chapter in Heineken®'s ongoing commitment to highlighting responsible consumption as the best way to make the most of your celebrations. The commitment kicked off in 2011 with the launch of 'Sunrise,' a campaign which brought to life the powerful idea that there are no limits when you know your limits. The second instalment launched in 2014, 'Dance More, Drink Slow,' was built around a pioneering partnership with world famous DJ, Armin Van Buuren.

In addition to investing 10% of its media spend in dedicated responsible consumption campaigns, the Brand delivers its responsibility message through its sponsorship platforms such as UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup and hundreds of music events around the world. The message was also featured on more than 8 billion bottles and cans in 2015.

Press enquiries:
Matthew Frappier, Edelman PR
Tel: 212-277-3786/ matthew.frappier@edelman.com

Bjorn Trowery, Heineken USA
Tel:  914-681-4138/ btrowery@heinekenusa.com

About 'Enjoy Heineken Responsibly':
'Moderate Drinkers Wanted' is part of 'Enjoy Heineken® Responsibly (EHR),' our global brand-led approach to promote responsible consumption, first launched in 2004. Whilst the Enjoy Heineken® responsibly is the flagship of our commitments, we are of course promoting responsible consumption throughout our brand portfolio. As an industry leader, we believe we should lead by example, playing an active role in promoting responsible and moderate consumption of alcohol.

HEINEKEN employees are ambassadors for our responsible consumption agenda and, around the world, many markets have developed tailored activations to spread the message locally. We also work in partnership with many stakeholders to encourage responsible attitudes and to understand and address alcohol misuse.

About Moderate Drinkers Wanted;
The new TV commercial is the work of Emmy award-winning director Nicolai Fuglisg, and was shot in Los Angeles bars and the subway. The voices of the female stars in the campaign are used to sing the track.

Additional details available on request.

About HEINEKEN:
HEINEKEN is the world's most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a powerful portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. We are committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management. Through "Brewing a Better World", sustainability is embedded in the business and delivers value for all stakeholders. HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. We employ approximately 81,000 people and operate more than 160 breweries in 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam.

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1 USA, UK, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico

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