Heineken Announces New Corporate Visual Identity

Brewer rolls out new logo; beer brand design remains unchanged

AMSTERDAM -- Heineken has announced the launch of a new global company visual identity that reflects the significant transformation of the  Heineken business over the past decade. At the heart of the new company identity is a redesigned  Heineken logo, with the name appearing in capital letters, complemented by a red "spark" to represent the spirit and energy of the company's more than 70,000 employees worldwide, it said.

The logo will appear on all corporate publications, printed materials, the corporate website and will be used in some capacity by the majority of its operating companies worldwide.

The visual identity and design of the iconic Heineken beer brand remains unchanged.

"Heineken has evolved significantly during the past 10 years. Today, our company has the most global footprint of any brewer, we have a portfolio of more than 250 beer and cider brands and we employ more than 70,000 people. The new identity differentiates the company from the Heineken brand. In doing so it better reflects who we are today and the company we aim to be tomorrow," said Jean-Francois van Boxmeer, chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer.

The new visual identity will be rolled out internationally starting in October 2011.

Amsterdam-based branding and design agency VBAT developed the new visual identity for the company.

The new logo also reflects the way the company name was originally written when Heineken was founded in 1864, reinforcing the strength of the company and reflecting its long history. The new identity pays respect to the Heineken brand and heritage, whilst at the same time creating a distinct new identity for the company.

Amsterdam-based Heineken International BV operates 140 breweries in more than 70 countries. It is Europe’s largest brewer and the world’s third largest by volume. It markets more than 200 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders, including Amstel, Birra Moretti, Cruzcampo, Dos Equis, Foster’s, Kingfisher, Newcastle Brown Ale, Ochota, Primus, Sagres, Sol, Star, Strongbow, Tecate, Tiger and Zywiec.

White Plains, N.Y.-based Heineken USA Inc. is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV. European brands imported into the United States include Heineken Lager, Heineken Light, Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale and Buckler. Heineken USA is also the exclusive USA importer for the Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico.

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