The first redesign of Barq’s packaging in 20 years takes the beverage back to its founding roots in the Gulf Coast region where the brand was founded 114 years ago.
While Barq’s cans and labels will maintain their distinctive silver sheen, Coca-Cola, which purchased Barq’s in 1995, pays homage to the brand’s heritage in New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi. Barq’s was founded by Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works in 1898, and the new design features the addition of a diamond pattern similar to the one used in the original Barq’s packaging. Barq’s labels will keep its familiar slogan, “It’s Good. Since 1898.”
“We think the new design presents a cleaner, simpler look that captures the brand’s essence in a way that will ultimately resonate with both dedicated Barq’s fans and those who are new to the brand,” said Christina Manganaro, senior marketing activation manager, Coca-Cola North America.
Here is Coke’s press release announcing the new design:
New Barq’s Package Design Serves Up a Fresh Look with Bite
ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Like any true classic, Barq’s keeps it fresh while staying true to its roots.
In its first redesign in more than 20 years, Barq’s root beer is unveiling a completely new look to pay homage to the brand’s Gulf Coast heritage and classically crisp, bold flavor. The new design will be featured on all of Barq’s packaging and is currently rolling-out nationwide.
While the cans will maintain their distinctive silver color, the new look features a diamond pattern reminiscent of the drink’s original 1898 12 oz. glass bottle packaging, which is still available in the Gulf Coast area. Additionally, the label helps celebrate the brand’s 114-year history by keeping the simple slogan “It’s Good. Since 1898.”
“When a beverage as beloved as Barq’s undergoes a significant packaging evolution, we have to remain true to the brand’s heritage and tradition while ensuring the brand is relevant to today’s consumers,” said Christina Manganaro, senior marketing activation manager, Coca-Cola North America. “We think the new design presents a cleaner, simpler look that captures the brand’s essence in a way that will ultimately resonate with both dedicated Barq’s fans and those who are new to the brand.”
Barq’s traces its heritage back to New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi where the beverage was founded and first produced by Biloxi Artesian Bottling Works. The brand was later purchased by The Coca-Cola Company in 1995. Since then, the sarsaparilla-based root beer has maintained its trademark bold flavor and caffeine kick reflecting the brand’s well-known tagline “Barq’s has Bite.”
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