Coca-Cola GB: Red is the new black

Coca-Cola Great Britain has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range featuring new look packaging for Coca-Cola original taste and Coca-Cola zero sugar. The changes unify both variants with the iconic Coca-Cola red and form part of the company’s commercial strategy to encourage more people to try Coca-Cola zero sugar.

From September onwards, the cans and bottles of both variants will feature the iconic Coca-Cola red with a coloured band across the top of the bottle or can to denote whether it is the original taste or zero sugar. The bottles will also feature coloured caps to help consumers differentiate between the original recipe and no sugar variants.

The packaging changes are the latest move in the company’s commercial strategy to drive sales of its no sugar drinks including Coca-Cola zero sugar. This builds on the launch of the new Coca-Cola zero sugar in 2016, when it was given a new recipe and look, and since then it has become the fastest growing no-sugar cola in UK retail. Today 58% of the Coca-Cola sold in retail in Great Britain is no sugar.

A £5 million marketing campaign will communicate the changes to consumers and will include a ten second and 30 second TVC alongside out of home advertising. An extensive Coca-Cola zero sugar sampling campaign will see seven million cans sampled by the end of the year.

Simon Harrison, customer marketing director, Coca-Cola European Partners GB, said: “For more than 130 years, the colour red has been associated with the great taste and experience of enjoying a Coca-Cola and we want to make it even clearer that you can have that taste and experience with or without sugar.

“Sales of Coca-Cola zero sugar have almost doubled in the last two years and we believe this latest change will help us grow it even further and encourage more people to give it a try.”

All Coca-Cola packaging will continue to be 100% recyclable and the company has a commitment to increase the recycled plastic in all of its bottles from 25% to 50% by 2020.

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