Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale Launches Taxi Magic Partnership
Published in CSP Daily News
POS displays feature responsible consumption promotion during holiday season
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Newcastle this month introduced a new, limited-edition brew, Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale, available in bars and liquor stores nationwide. It is promoting the new brew with an integrated Taxi Magic program.
The company describes Cabbie as a deep, dark-black ale with a soft hoppy aroma and subtle fruit notes that lead to bittersweet tastes of chocolate and coffee with 4.2% alcohol by volume and 25 international bittering units (IBUs).
Newcastle encourages Cabbie drinkers to enjoy the product to its fullest, which includes drinking in moderation and always getting a safe ride home. So much so, in fact, that Newcastle and Taxi Magic have joined forces to give beer drinkers 21 and older an incentive to help them reach their destination safely at the end of the night.
Taxi Magic, the nation's leading taxi app, is available for Android and iPhone and operates in more than 60 cities. In cities where Taxi Magic rides are available, Newcastle Cabbie point-of-sale (POS) displays will feature a promo code that rewards consumers with a $5 credit toward a cab fare booked through the app. Where Taxi Magic ride booking isn't yet available, consumers can send a text message to enter for the chance to win free cab rides home for one year. Together, both companies will distribute more than $1 million in free cab fares around the United States throughout the holiday season.
"We're not exactly pioneers in declaring drinking and driving to be utter bollocks, but we're proud of the fact that we're putting our money where our mouth is and offering people a tangible incentive to enjoy our product safely," said Brett Steen, brand manager for Newcastle Brown Ale. "Our work with Taxi Magic is a great way to combine responsibility and moderation with Newcastle drinkers' quest to enjoy living life to the fullest."
This Newcastle Cabbie and Taxi Magic initiative marks the Newcastle brand's first fully integrated responsible consumption program for consumers, a natural extension of the partnership between Heineken USA and Taxi Magic that started in March 2010.
"With mobile technology, hailing a nearby taxi driver and even paying your cab fare is easier than ever. We take the bollocks out of taking a cab, if you will," said Jay McClary, vice president of marketing at Taxi Magic. "Taxi Magic provides you a convenient, hassle-free, safe ride home that arrives in minutes, so you and your friends can get back to enjoying your Newcastle Cabbie."
The launch of Newcastle Cabbie and its social responsibility partnership with Taxi Magic will be supported by a national digital campaign, extensive social media promotion and sampling (where legal). Newcastle Cabbie will be priced comparably to Newcastle Brown Ale and available nationally from November 2013 through March 2014 in six-packs and 12-packs, at retail and on tap for on-premise accounts in most major markets. Like Newcastle Brown Ale, Newcastle Cabbie is brewed and bottled in the United Kingdom, and its label and packaging feature a London-style black taxi cab. Beer drinkers will notice a similar black cab featured on Newcastle Cabbie tap handles at their favorite bars and pubs starting this month.
Heineken USA, White Plains, N.Y., is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV. European brands imported into the United States include Heineken Lager, Heineken Light, Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, Strongbow cider and Buckler nonalcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive U.S. importer for the Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos Equis, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico.