NEW YORK, April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Tecate, the Mexican beer with bold flavor, announced a nationwide expansion of Tecate Light. The light beer had previously focused distribution to the Sunbelt states, where it had 47% year-over-year growth. Tecate Light has since become the fastest growing light beer in the U.S. versus its competitors.2
Additionally, Tecate is launching the next iteration of "Born Bold," taking the successful advertising campaign introduced in 2015 national to align with the new distribution. The refreshed 39-week campaign will include English and Spanish broadcast, OOH, PR, digital and #BornBold social activations. New TV spots made a limited debut online and through select Hispanic TV on March 28th in the Sunbelt states, with the full campaign launching today on national broadcast.
"The success Tecate Light saw in 2015 has set our brand up for an even bigger year in 2016," said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director, Tecate. "For the first time ever, the entire United States can taste one of Mexico's most popular light beers while seeing our masculine Black Eagle as he takes flight across the country through the 'Born Bold' campaign."
Created by Tecate with Saatchi & Saatchi NY, the two 30-second TV spots once again put the spotlight on the brand's protagonist, the Black Eagle, while highlighting the two biggest passion points of Tecate's bi-cultural Hispanic consumer – soccer and boxing.
In "Red Card," the Black Eagle comes face-to-face with famed Mexican soccer referee Felipe Ramos Rizo, empowering him to make the bold, right decision.
Through "Flashy," Tecate highlights its new partnership with Mexican super star Canelo Alvarez, while putting its fearless icon center stage (or ring), as he inspires Canelo to ditch the bling and stay true to his roots.
The latter spot showcases the first time the brand has endorsed an individual fighter, and will be heavily promoted leading into Canelo's first fight of 2016 against Amir Khan on May 7th in Las Vegas, as well as in advance of his future 2016 fights.
"We're excited to continue unveiling the character of the Black Eagle, allowing him to spread his wings and explore new scenarios that we know are relevant to Tecate drinkers and their friends. Situations as bold as the flavor of the beer," said Jay Benjamin, Chief Creative Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi NY.
Aligned with the national expansion, Tecate and Tecate Light will also unveil dynamic new contemporary packaging, amplifying modern masculinity to appeal to 21+ millennial consumers. Retaining the brand essence, the redesign was led by global agency Elmwood, the world's most effective brand design consultancy.
The new design includes a makeover of the iconic Black Eagle, broadening his shoulders, puffing out his T-emblazoned chest, placing him on a modernized Tecate word marque, as well as the addition of Spirit Eagles – individual eagles that express the personality of both Tecate Original and Tecate Light and can be seen in the background of the can. Elmwood also added a modern silver strip that cuts through the center of the design, creating a visually striking, refreshing and unifying contrast with each product's respective color (Original – red; Light – blue).
"Tecate has a history of innovation dating back to 1949, when we launched the first canned beer in Mexico," said Felix Palau, Vice President, Tecate. "The redesign of our renowned red can will open up the Tecate franchise in the US to a new wave of consumers, in fact, since launching the new look in Mexico this past July, we have already seen double digit second half growth in the country."
For additional details on Tecate Light's "Born Bold" campaign, the new packaging or to speak with a Tecate Light representative about the brand, please contact BRAYA at [email protected]. Tecate B-roll is available for download here.
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Client: Tecate Light
Campaign Title: Born Bold
Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi
Agency Location: New York
Chief Creative Officer: Jay Benjamin
Creative Director: Iain Neville
Creative Director: Johnnie Ingram
Associate Creative Director: Ross Wollinsky
Art Director: Ryan Gifford
Copywriter: Devin McGillivary
Head of Film: John Doris
Senior Producer: Tina Lam
Producer: Frances Edwards
Group Account Director: Parker Barnum
Management Supervisor: Jamie Daigle
Account Executive: Stacey Skulnik
Planning Director: Federico Evangelista
Production company: Hungry Man
Director: Dave Laden
DP: Corey Walter
Executive Producer: Kevin Byrne
Producer: Caleb Dewart
Service company: Tonic Films
Executive Producer: Susie Neill
Editorial: Cosmo Street Editorial
Editor: Aaron Langley
Executive Producer: Maura Woodward
Senior Producer: Luiza Naritomi
Assistant Editor: Josh Berger
Finishing House: Switch FX
Audio: Butter + Mr Bronx
Mixer/Sound Designer: Eric Hoffman
Producer: Claudia Gaspar
Managing Director/Executive Producer: Ian Jeffreys
Producer: Ryan Faucett
Color: Company 3
Colorist: Tom Poole
Producer: Clare Movshon
Visual Effects: Method Studios
SVP Business Development: Stuart Robinson
Executive Producer: Angela Lupo
Producer: Heather Saunders
VFX Supervisor: Doug Luka
CG Supervisor: Ivan Guerrero
Compositing Supervisor: Ryan Leonard
Animation Supervisor: Matthew Hackett
Lead Rigger: Joon Lee
Lead FX TD: Tomas Slancik
Lead Lighting/Shading: Yuri Serizawa
Modeling/Tracking Lead: Brian Dinoto
Production TD: Matt Kushner
Massive TD: Rick Walia
Texturing: Sari Rodrig, Lauren Kushner
Animators: Matt Hackett, Joon Lee, Paul Wei, Rob Dollase, Sean Curran
FX Artists: Tomas Slancik, Matt Kushner, Zach Lewis, Vraja Para
Lighting: Yuri Serizawa, Ben Jones, Jon Parker, Vraja Para, Zach Lewis, Lucy Choi
Compositing: Ryan Leonard, Robert "Nick" Dauphinais, Chad Herrada, John Mangia, Aaron Baker
* We'd like to add a special thank you to Eugene Butta of the New York State Falconry Association for allowing us to film his hawks for reference and his insight into the anatomy of raptors as well as the US Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Services for giving us permission to use feather scans.