Havana Club unveils Cuban Spiced variant

05 March, 2021

Havana Club has launched a Cuban Spiced variant in a bid to bring more millennial and Generation Z consumers into the rum category.

It also aims to capitalise upon recent growth within the ready-to-drink category by launching Havana Club Cuban Spiced mixed with cola in an RTD format.

“In keeping with the authentic approach we bring to rum making across the rest of the Havana Club range, we felt there was an opportunity to create a spiced offering that would play out particularly well with this millennial and legal-aged Gen Z audience,” said Anne Martin, international marketing director at Havana Club.

“The result is a truly unique proposition with a gender-neutral look and feel that is already performing incredibly strongly in pre-launch consumer research.

“For example, more than three quarters of legal-aged Gen Z consumers we polled said they would purchase Havana Club Cuban Spiced, with the fresh and unique taste of the liquid and strong stand out of the packaging proving particularly attractive to this audience.”

Havana Club chose to launch Cuban Spiced in the UK, as spiced rum sales have soared over the past few years in that market. It will then be rolled out across the globe.

“As the leading market outside the US for spiced rum globally, the UK is the natural place to launch Havana Club Cuban Spiced,” said Martin. “It also continues to be one of the fastest-growing spiced rum markets.

“There are many other territories where there is a clear and growing demand for spiced rum, not least the likes of Canada, France, Germany, and South Africa, as well as Russia, Mexico, Australia, and many other diverse markets.”

Marnie Corrigan, brand director at Pernod Ricard UK, added: “The UK is the perfect place to launch Havana Club Cuban Spiced before its global roll out.

“The UK is not only the biggest spiced rum category in terms of value and volume sales outside the US, but it also remains a buoyant and dynamic market testing ground for innovation.”

Cuban Spiced is said to offer balance notes of sweet vanilla and aromatic spices with guava, toasted coconut and fresh pineapple.

It will be targeted at both the on- and off-trade channels.

“Our intention is to make the product widely available for our strategic target consumers in both the on- and off-trade channels, and we see great potential for a strong performance in both,” said Corrigan.

“Whilst the on-trade may initially be challenging depending on restrictions around Covid, this channel has always played a crucial role in Havana Club’s success and we’re sure that this will also apply for Cuban Spiced as and when circumstances are appropriate.

“In the meantime, grocery and e-commerce opportunities will be particularly and highly relevant as UK consumers continue to look for exciting new drinks propositions.”

Havana Club Cuban Spiced will be available in the UK from March has an rrp of £22 for a 70cl bottle.





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Once upon a time pubs and bars were somewhere you went with the sole purpose of getting pissed and there wasn’t a knife and fork in sight, just a packet of dry roasted nuts.

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