Heineken Announces ‘Open Your Summer’ Promotion

Heineken USANew York, NY – With the summer fast approaching, consumers are eagerly making their plans to capitalize on every moment of the fun and celebration that this most anticipated season brings. Today, Heineken® is unveiling the details of its Open Your Summer program, designed to reward and build on the excitement of summer’s celebrations through a 360 degree activation at retail and on-premise from May through July. TV and digital advertising, a mobile consumer engagement platform, limited edition packaging and a tiered national sweepstakes with daily and grand prizes awarded, invite adult consumers, 21 and older, the chance to customize, share and ultimately win the summer of their dreams.

To kick off the program, Heineken is unveiling six, limited edition bottles inspired by the global cities they represent – New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rio and Shanghai. From May 1st through July 4th, every Heineken lager pack featuring the City Bottle labels will feature an under-the-cap code, giving retail shoppers the chance to win amazing top-tier grand prizes as well as occasion relevant daily prizes when they visit heineken.com and enter their code. On-premise patrons can participate by entering unique code words featured on Open Your Summer POS displayed in participating accounts. Winners will select between a variety of daily prizes that elevate their summer gathering occasions including Mini Big Green Egg®, Jambox™, Mophie® and many more season relevant prizes. Every code entered also automatically places them into a grand prize sweepstakes for a trip to one of six destination trips that correspond to the cities featured on the limited edition bottles. Grand prize winners will be selected in waves throughout the promotion period.

“People love being outside during the summer and surrounding themselves with family and friends,” commented Jonathan Simpson, Senior Director Commercial Marketing, HEINEKEN USA. “Research shows that men, LDA – 49, prefer to spend a summer’s evening outdoors and enjoy entertaining significantly more than the general population (millennials 40% more; Gen X’ers 24% more)[1]. They embrace every opportunity to socialize and the brands they purchase for entertaining are often influenced by promotions and special pricing[2]. Heineken’s Open Your Summer promotion taps into the energy and excitement of summer’s casual gatherings and provides our retail and on-premise partners with a robust program that will engage their customers, increase their register rings and keep them coming back for more.”

Targeted TV and digital advertising, traffic-stopping retail and on-premise POS materials including expandable, scalable display pieces and channel specific IRC (instant redeemable coupon) and MIR (mail in rebate) offers (where legal) will encourage consumers to engage with Heineken for a chance to win prizes that instantly upgrade their summer entertaining.

“Summer is a must win season for retailers and on-premise accounts,” concluded Simpson. “Memorial Day and July 4th are two of the top 5 selling weeks of the year for Heineken and total beer[3]. During this period, loyal upscale Heineken shoppers in the grocery channel make more trips and spend more on Heineken compared to other top imports and crafts[4]. For retailers, Heineken delivers almost double the true profit versus the upscale competition[5] making Heineken the brand to promote during the summer period. Our Open Your Summer Program stands apart from the clutter by allowing consumers to choose their own daily prizes from a perfectly paired gallery of options. It’s a personal touch designed to enhance their summer and keep them engaged throughout the promotion.”

Look for details of Savor Your Summer, Phase 2 of Heineken’s Legendary Summer Promotion in the months to come.

About HEINEKEN USA

HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, the world’s most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken, the world’s most international beer brand, Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, Desperados, Amstel Light, and Newcastle Brown Ale. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis Franchise, Tecate Franchise, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit HEINEKENUSA.com