R for Diversity releases LGBTQI+ Ardagh beer can

French craft brewery R for Diversity has released its flagship blond beer in an Ardagh aluminium can designed to celebrate inclusion.

The dramatic black-background can, decorated with a barley-and-hops design in the colours of the diversity rainbow, makes a proud statement in support of the LGBTQI+ movement while also being eye-catching to consumers.

On the can body, the six-colour rainbow logo is set off by Ardagh’s matte black effect, achieved using a matte overvarnish.

The statement of pride is not just an aesthetic one: R for Diversity is donating a portion of its beer’s profits to causes which pursue equality and promote acceptance across the continuum of sexual and gender expression.

The French brand’s founder, Daniel Tristant, commented: “R for Diversity is an ethical brand with strong values such as peace, harmony and tolerance. I wanted to create a different, colourful, festive product that draws people together by celebrating the full spectrum of who we are.”

The ‘R’ in the company’s name stands for the rainbow which has been used to symbolise LGBT pride and acceptance since 1978.

“Sometimes the big brands come to events and use the rainbow to pay lip-service to diversity, but never really get engaged. We got a bit tired of seeing that,” said Tristant.

“Not only are we making a genuine commitment by donating part of our profits, we worked hard to incorporate the rainbow into a really beautiful design, to reclaim its original meaning and promote the true beauty that lies in diversity. It wasn’t easy to achieve, but the resulting beverage can is exactly what we wanted.”

Heike Sroka, HR director of Ardagh Group’s European Metal Beverage division, said: “We support Daniel’s message of acceptance and celebration 100%. We love that R for Diversity beer is dedicated to everyone, no matter what your gender, sexual orientation or conviction, and as a global company that welcomes and values a large and diverse workforce, we’re completely inspired by this sensational can.”

The beverage itself is a carefully crafted, clear, golden beer at 5% ABV, with hops and citrus notes.

The lightweight and sustainable aluminium can was chosen in line with the company’s ethical stance. Events and festivals are important markets for R for Diversity and the Ardagh offers shatterproof abilities as well as being quick to cool and easily recycled.

R for Diversity is available in 33cl format, with a 50cl size forthcoming, in an increasing number of bars and retailers in Nice, Perpignan, Paris, Lyon, Grenoble and Gran Canaria. The company plans to expand across European markets through 2021.

For more information, visit: rfordiversity.com.

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