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Johnnie Walker to Provide Per Serving Alcohol Content and Nutritional Information On-pack

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Johnnie Walker to Provide Per Serving Alcohol Content and Nutritional Information On-pack

Johnnie Walker to Provide Per Serving Alcohol Content and Nutritional Information On-pack
July 06
09:14 2016

Diageo has announced that Johnnie Walker is to be its first global brand to provide consumers around the world with on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve. From early autumn, the new labels for bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label, the best-selling Scotch whisky around the world, go into production and will then be shipped to dozens of markets globally. By the end of the year, up to 30 million bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label with on-pack alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve will be on the shelves, helping consumers understand what is in their glass. Every year around 115 million bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label are typically produced and shipped around the world.

DiageoJWNutritionLabelThe labels conform to the new Diageo Consumer Information Standards (DCIS) and will apply to all Diageo brands. Diageo developed the DCIS based on research of more than 1,500 consumers around the world, including people from North America, Great Britain, Mexico and Spain. The new label designs reflect the way consumers want to receive – and can understand – information on alcohol content. Those surveyed said that when too much information (especially small text) is placed on the label it can be confusing and they may ignore it all. Less information, clearly presented was a consistent request across all markets. The research also found that, of all the information that could be included, their preference was for alcohol information (standard drink size, ABV, how many units), calories per serve, sugar content, allergens and brand facts, such as how a product is made and quality assurances.

Using this research, Diageo is committing to provide labelling across all its brands which is consistent in layout, so people know where to look for information on every pack, and uses icons which are significantly easier to understand than words, all of which tested well in focus groups.

Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo, says: “We believe people should have the best possible information to make informed choices about what they drink: this includes alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve. Johnnie Walker is one of our largest global brands, which means these new labels will arm millions of people around the world with clear information about what’s in their glass and in a way they can understand at a glance.”

Cans and bottles of Ireland’s number one ale, Smithwick’s, will also soon hit the shelves with updated labels, and from early next year, Guinness Draught cans sold in the Republic of Ireland will also be updated to carry alcohol content and nutritional information per serve. Between them, Smithwick’s and Guinness account for 39 per cent of Ireland’s beer market.

Updates to Johnnie Walker Black Label, Double Black, Gold Label Reserve, Platinum and Green Label are also planned for the first half of 2017.

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