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SABMiller launches Peroni campaign in New York

5 June 2006

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SABMiller plc, one of the world’s leading brewers, today announces the New York launch of its new global brand campaign for its international premium beer Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Over the remainder of the year, SABMiller will invest in a range of advertising and marketing initiatives and target key accounts across New York City.  The campaign for Peroni Nastro Azzurro will also be rolled out in San Francisco and Miami later this year.

As part of its positioning programme, Peroni Nastro Azzurro has signed a contract with IMG Sports & Entertainment to become the exclusive beer sponsor of Fashion Week events taking place in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.  New York Fashion Week takes place in September 2006 with follow on events in February and September of 2007.  Miami Fashion Week takes place in July 2006 and July 2007, and Los Angeles events occur in October 2006 and March and October of 2007. 

The campaign launch follows a successful seeding programme in New York and positive results from test areas in the US, as well as high-profile launches in the UK and South Africa. Miller Brewing Company, a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, introduced a teaser of the new brand campaign for Peroni Nastro Azzurro during the Oscars. The campaign is based around an adaptation of Fellini’s 1960 masterpiece ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Chris Taylor, SABMiller International Brand Director for Peroni Nastro Azzurro, commented:

“Peroni Nastro Azzurro represents Italian style and sophistication, attributes with which the New York consumer can easily identify. With critical acclaim at the Oscars launch, we firmly believe that Peroni Nastro Azzurro can perform well in New York import market.  We are also excited about the upcoming sponsorship of Fashion Week which truly reflects the Peroni Nastro Azzurro values and continues our effort to push the boundaries of traditional beer marketing.”

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is part of SABMiller’s global premium brand portfolio which also includes Pilsner Urquell and Miller Genuine Draft.

Tom Cardella, Miller Brewing’s Senior Vice President - International Brands and Market Development, said:

“With imported beers representing the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. beer industry, we are stepping up our marketing efforts on Peroni Nastro Azzurro with programs in line with its upscale positioning.  Peroni’s style-infused marketing efforts, including our alliance with IMG’s Fashion Week events, will enable Peroni to take its place among other iconic Italian brands.”

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SABMiller
SABMiller plc is one of the world’s largest brewers with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across five continents. The group’s brands include premium international beers such as Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell, as well as an exceptional range of market leading local brands.  Outside the USA, SABMiller plc is also one of the largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world.
 
In the year ended 31 March 2006, the group reported US$2,626 million adjusted pre-tax profit and a turnover of US$15,307 million.  SABMiller plc is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro

www.peroniitaly.com

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro is the leading premium Italian beer worldwide.
  • Birra Peroni first started brewing in 1846, and Nastro Azzurro was first created in the early 60’s in Italy.
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro with sleek new retro design was launched around the world in early 2005.
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro is available as a bottled beer (33cl & 66cl) and draught in certain markets.
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro is a well-balanced (low residual sugar content), clear pale lager made by brewing the finest spring-planted barley combined with malts and hops to create the highest standard of premium beer.

This announcement is available on the company website: www.sabmiller.com

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SABMiller plc  Tel:
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Sue Clark 
Director of Corporate Affairs 
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Gary Leibowitz
Vice President, Investor Relations 
Tel: +44 20 7659 0174
  
James Crampton 
Media Relations Manager 
Tel: +44 7795 208158
  
Sarah Waldock 
Peroni Nastro Azzurro International Press Office 
Tel: +44 7738 468478

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