NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelob ULTRA, the fastest growing beer brand in the country, will lead Anheuser-Busch's advertising charge on Super Bowl Sunday by airing "Breathe" in the coveted A1 position following kickoff. To set the tone for the game (and ads) to follow, the 30-second spot by FCB Chicago will bring the energy and dedication of the Michelob ULTRA drinker to life through the vision of acclaimed action film director and fitness enthusiast Antoine Fuqua.
"Breathe" highlights the many ways that Michelob ULTRA drinkers put in the effort to live an active, balanced life, in a disruptive, grittier style that people haven't seen before in the brand's previous marketing. The spot also debuts Michelob ULTRA's new tagline and 2016 brand platform, "Brewed for Those Who Go the Extra Mile," which conveys the idea that enjoying a beer socially and living an active life don't need to be mutually exclusive. This is the brand's first Super Bowl appearance since 2010.
"We know that Michelob ULTRA drinkers exercise regularly and still make time to have a social life," said Edison Yu, Vice President, Michelob ULTRA. "Doing this isn't easy, especially with so many other demands, so we made 'Breathe' to celebrate those who put in this extra effort and choose a beer that they can enjoy without sabotaging their hard work."
In addition to "Breathe," Michelob ULTRA and Antoine Fuqua teamed up for another 30-second spot that will air during the Super Bowl only if the game goes into overtime. This additional high-energy spot will also air throughout the first part of 2016 and be part of an integrated marketing campaign rooted in the effort it takes to live an active, balanced life.
"I love the idea of getting into the head of the everyday athlete—the person who wants to do their best and be their best," said Fuqua. "I tried to capture this person's perseverance, resilience, focus, and how Michelob ULTRA fits into their everyday life."
Celebrating the active life has been central to Michelob ULTRA since its launch in 2002. This differentiated positioning has accelerated Michelob ULTRA's growth, making it the fastest growing beer in the industry in 2016. And with just 95 calories, 2.6 carbohydrates, and an exceptional taste, Michelob ULTRA is the superior light beer that doesn't undo all the hard work our drinkers put in every day.
For more on Anheuser-Busch's involvement in Super Bowl 50, visit newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/superbowl2016.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014. Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 17 local breweries, 21 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States. The company committed to investing more than $1.5 billion in its U.S. brewing, agriculture, packaging and distributing operations by 2018. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically-capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.
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