Malibu, the UK’s no.1 coconut flavoured rum[1], is continuing its mission to become a global icon of summer by exploding onto TV screens for the first time in four years. The new advert is a key part of the brand’s overall ‘Because Summer’ campaign, which will include a host of activity aimed at Malibu’s target audience of ‘Social Butterflies’. Malibu PC Endframe web

On air from May – July in two bursts, the advert will feature four alternative endings promoting popular serves using Malibu, including a Piña Colada, Malibu Cola, Malibu & Pineapple and Malibu’s ready-to-drink cans (RTD), which are available in three refreshing flavours.

Adam Boita, Head of Marketing at Pernod Ricard UK, comments: “We’re incredibly excited to be showcasing Malibu on TV once again with a series of films that have already proven to be a huge hit with our target audience. We debuted the ‘Because Summer’ films last year across our social media channels and to ensure they continue to be viewed by as many people as possible, we’ve refreshed them for 2017. Featuring song-of-the-summer ‘Rich Boy’ by Galantis as this year’s soundtrack, we’ve ensured the advert is scheduled during ‘guilty pleasure’ programmes across the channels most watched by 18-24 year olds: C4, ITV2, ITV Be and Sky.

Malibu is continuing to perform well across the off-trade and is the number one rum within the specialities category, experiencing +1.8% value growth on its Original format and +1.3% on its increasingly popular Pineapple variant[2]. The Malibu Strawberry Kiwi ready-to-drink can was also Malibu’s most successful innovation in the can range to date, so to make the most of summer sales ensure you’re stocking a range of SKUs from Malibu’s extensive portfolio.”

The TV advert will be supported by online activity including an #EpicSlowMo online version featuring legendary influencer @thefatjewish, a partnership with trendy Shoreditch café ‘Palm Vaults’, which will include food and drink recipes using Malibu, and bespoke Snapchat filters. The ‘Because Summer’ campaign will also be supported in-store with a range of POS available on request.


[1] Nielsen sales data MAT 22.04.17

[2] Nielsen Specialities, Total Coverage, Period Ending WE 25.04.17

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