THE GLOBAL BRANDING OF STELLA ARTOIS
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In April 2000, Paul Cooke, chief marketing officer of Interbrew, the world’s fourth largest brewer, contemplated the further development of their premium product, Stella Artois, as the company’s flagship brand in key markets around the world. Although the long-range plan for 2000-2002 had been approved, there still remained some important strategic issues to resolve.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF INTERBREW
Interbrew traced its origins back to 1366 to a brewery called Den Hoorn, located in Leuven, a town just outside of Brussels. In 1717, when it was purchased by its master brewer, Sebastiaan Artois, the brewery changed its name to Artois. The firm’s expansion began when Artois acquired a major interest in the Leffe Brewery in Belgium in 1954, the Dommelsch Brewery in the Netherlands in 1968, and the Brassiere du Nord in France in 1970. In 1987, when Artois and another Belgian brewery called Piedboeuf came together, the merged company was named Interbrew. The new company soon acquired other Belgian specialty beer brewers,...