NASHVILLE – Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the fast-growing Italian import lager, is gearing up for a busy 2023 with the launch of a new non-alcoholic beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0%, and a new American partnership of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team.
“We’re always finding ways to bring Italian flair into drinkers’ lives,” Joy Ghosh, vice president of marketing for above premium brands, told an audience last week at the Molson Coors Distributors Convention in Nashville.
The brand’s plans for 2023 include reiterating its Italian heritage in retail and the on-premise, while leaping into the fast-growing non-alc beer segment with the introduction of 0.0% in select regions in early 2023.
The beer will launch as consumers increasingly gravitate toward non-alc beers, boosting the segment more than 15% versus last year, according to IRI data, while alcohol-free above-premium beers have grown more than 30%.
And non-alc beers are quickly shedding a reputation as bland beer alternatives and instead mirror the flavor of their full-strength counterparts.
“Peroni Nastro Azzurro 0.0% has been formulated to get as close to the classic Peroni taste as possible,” said Ghosh.
While Peroni aims to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to drinkers in the form of beer, it’s also helping import one of the continent’s most popular sports stateside with a new. partnership with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 team.
Formula 1 is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., with more than 27 million fans, growing nearly 60% since 2021, according to Nielsen.
Peroni 0.0% will extend its global sponsorship of the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team to the U.S. and allow the brand to show up at three major races across the U.S. next year, in Austin, Miami and on the Las Vegas strip.
The partnership “represents a premium, aspirational partnership that is perfect for Peroni 0.0%,” Ghosh said.
Peroni has surged in the on-premise since bars and restaurants reopened, growing faster than competitors, Ghosh said. He credits its success in part to its brand ambassador program, which has help it grow 10 points faster than in other markets. To keep its foot on the gas, Peroni will double the size of the program next year, Ghosh said.
That program has worked in tandem with a lively new TV ad, “Live Every Moment,” featuring idyllic views of the Amalfi Coast. All tie back to the brand’s efforts to showcase its Italian roots, helping it muscle its way into the conversation around import beers.
“Peroni is a brand that is up double digits with no signs of slowing down. Our plan is working, and we're only going to fuel more growth into 2023,” Ghosh said.