Jameson hero

Jameson

Taking an innovative RTD product from idea to shelf

Jameson persona

Ripe for revolution

Pernod Ricard, parent brand of Jameson Irish whiskey, saw an opportunity in the dark spirit ready-to-drink (RTD) market. Modern males were looking for mature alternatives to beer. Dark spirit RTD had traditionally appealed to macho-ness, immaturity, and a sense of release.

Appealing to the modern gent

Using its unique innovation process, Landor NorthandSouth explored the category’s trends and benchmark brands to understand and define the opportunity. Jameson’s premium whiskey credentials gave it a platform from which to launch a higher-end beer alternative, and its Irish provenance lent the brand sociability and attitude. By evolving the RTD category, Jameson could steer it away from mainstream mediocrity.

Jameson target environment

Finding an unoccupied market position

We held discussions with young Australian drinkers to determine how Jameson could best disrupt the RTD category. Our research revealed a market gap between low-status RTDs and high-status imported brews.

Jameson Infographic

Building a premix personality

Opportunity mapping workshops led to a number of possible directions for the Jameson premix: the Rebel, the Trinity, and the Traveller. We prototyped each personality, designing bottles, writing copy, and even imaging flavors. After we talked to consumers and evolved the concepts through cocreation, a clear winner emerged: The Trinity.

Jameson sketches

Bottle is brand in hand

The traditional and the contemporary meet in our structural design for the Jameson RTD bottle. We incorporated traditional Irish whiskey cues, such as the Jameson crest, bottle shape, and stars, while marrying them with the minimal labeling and green glass of modern beer convention.

Jameson CAD industrial design

A successful category shake-up

Jameson’s premix became Pernod Ricard’s most successful RTD launch to date. In testing, 92 percent of those who tried it reported that they would buy it. After launch, awareness of the brand was 50 percent above target. But the best proof of success was the addition of a third flavor only a year after the brand was introduced.