ABSOLUT VODKA UNVEILS ITS BIGGEST DESIGN UPDATE SINCE LAUNCH IN 1979

PAYING HOMAGE TO ITS CREDENTIALS OF PROVENANCE, HERITAGE AND AUTHENTICITY, THE ICONIC BOTTLE’S REDESIGN IS COMMITTED TO SHOW THAT ABSOLUT VODKA IS STILL AS ORIGINAL NOW AS WHEN IT WAS LAUNCHED IN THE USA

6 SEPTEMBER 2021: Absolut Vodka announces its new bottle design which marks the biggest refresh for the brand since its launch in the USA in 1979. A tribute to Absolut's credentials provenance, heritage and authenticity, the new look aims to harmonize and upgrade the design of the iconic clear glass packaging.

Influenced by the community surrounding its production and distillation in and around Åhus, Sweden, the new bottle includes changes that nod to the craftmanship and rigor behind the renowned vodka. These design updates include:

  • Bringing to life Absolut Vodka's 'One Source' philosophy by including text alongside an illustration of the original distillery noting 'ONE SOURCE. ONE COMMUNITY. ONE SMALL VILLAGE IN THE SOUTH OF SWEDEN', reinforcing the fact that every bottle of Absolut Vodka is produced and distilled in and around Åhus, Sweden

  • Including the address of the original distillery on the front label to provide transparency about our location and help communicate Absolut's brand home welcomes visitors to discover more at its site. This is the first time Absolut has included a paper label on the bottle

  • Enhancing the legibility of the script, allowing more people to read and enjoy Absolut Vodka's story

  • Adding Lars Olsson Smith's name on the medallion, the quality seal of the bottle, paying tribute to his progressiveness in vodka distillation, helping to nurture his legacy

  • Embossing the glass with 'COUNTRY OF SWEDEN', linking back to its long-standing tradition and knowledge of vodka making in this region 

Speaking about the brand's new bottle design, Charl Bassil, Global Vice President, Marketing, Absolut said: "Our new look reflects the efforts we put into the making of our vodka. We've taken a look at ourselves and have landed in a place where we've kept our distinct DNA, communicating our provenance, heritage and authenticity more clearly than ever before.

Our new bottles still hold the same well-balanced vodka they always have but celebrate the nature and craft that make Absolut Vodka perfect for everything it mixes with."

Elin Furelid, Global Head of Product Portfolio & Design, Absolut adds: “We were keen to capture our rich, quality story and make that clearer on the bottle, signposting to what makes our vodka unique. We have of course kept the most important design elements that makes Absolut, Absolut.”

The updates to Absolut Vodka's new-look bottle mean it has kept its iconic shape inspired by an 18th-century apothecary bottle but modernized its design. The redesigned bottles still house the same high-quality Swedish vodka that makes Absolut perfect for everything it mixes with.

Sweden is now taking a pride place in a central location on the front of the bottle making it clear that the progressive vodka is authentically rooted in its community of farmers, distillers and bottlers who blend winter wheat with pristine water from a local deep well to create the distinct vodka consumers know and love. Up to 10% of all wheat in Skane is purchased for Absolut Vodka, and the brand works with around 400 farmers in Sweden, promoting sustainable farming techniques and values to ensure a sense of care of the local land and community.

Absolut Vodka is one of few brands to produce everything within a 75-mile radius, and as a result, delivers vodka made from only natural ingredients – boasting the same high-quality liquid now as it did when Lars Olsson Smith first began the distillation process.

The new design of Absolut Vodka was created together with the design agency Brand Union Sthlm and realized in close collaboration between Brand Union, Destrito and our glassworks partner Ardagh group. The new bottles will be available in the US from September 2021 onwards and continue to roll out globally depending on current stock inventories.

For further information, please contact:
Jemima Dye, Senior Account Manager
Email: jemima.dye@mcsaatchi.com

Ece DeWaal, Senior Account Director
Email: ece.dewaal@mcsaatchi.com

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