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Smirnoff eyes RTD market with vodka pre-mix ‘Smirnoff Ice’ in India

Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhavesh Somaya at the launch of Smirnoff ICE

Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhavesh Somaya at the launch of Smirnoff ICE

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To kick-start the party season the leading vodka brand Smirnoff last year launched it’s vodka premix ‘Smirnoff Ice’ in India.

The premixed vodka is available in two flavors, Smirnoff ICE Black and Smirnoff ICE Original. Smirnoff Ice has a  strong, sharp taste with an ABV of 7% for 275ml. Smirnoff ICE Black is priced at Rs. 80 and Rs. 110 in Goa and Karnataka respectively.  Smirnoff ICE Original with an ABV of 5% for 275ml, has a lighter lemon flavoured taste which is available for Rs 75 and Rs 110 in Goa and Karnataka respectively. However, for some reason the company has decided not to launch the brand in Maharashtra any time soon.

Speaking about the brand Bhavesh Somaya, Marketing & Innovation Director, Diageo India said, Smirnoff ICE will revolutionize how every party starts in the country and consumers will love the great taste and convenience it offers. The premixed vodka is the ideal icebreaking drink to kick start the party and set the night for a great experience. We are very excited to bring this product to Bangalore after a successful launch in Goa and confident that the garden city will have a great time with Smirnoff ICE.”

It is worth noting that the RTD brand’s main rival Bacardi Breezer has 97% share in the domestic RTD segment estimated at over 2 million cases annually. It will be interesting to see how far ICE is successful in grabbing some of Breezer’s market share.

As the campaign says rightly, Wait no more, ‘Start the night, break some ice’let the party begin.

About Rojita Tiwari

Drinks & Destinations is all about news, views, podcast, and stories from the world of drinks, travel, and hospitality…served just the way you like it. Rojita Tiwari is an independent writer, trainer, and consultant in the fields of wine & spirits, travel & hospitality. She is a WSET Level 3 certified professional and listed twice (2013 and 2015) as one of the TOP TEN WOMEN OF WINE IN INDIA by the Indian Wine Academy. With 14 years of experience of working for several publications including a decade-long experience of heading the editorial of a leading alco bev magazine, now she is mostly busy- tasting, traveling, writing, training and educating people about the wonderful world of wine & spirits. She also hosts India's first podcast on drinks and travel - The Drinks & Destinations Podcast. Tweet @rojitatiwari or connect with her on drinksanddestinations@gmail.com Cheers & Happy Reading!

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