Continuing its mission to create fun flavours for an innovation-loving audience to enjoy, WKD – the UK’s no.1 RTD1 – is launching an eye-catching Berry Blast variant.

Available from May, new WKD Berry Blast is the latest recruit to SHS Drinks’ market-leading RTD range. Offered as a Limited Edition variant and with the same 4.0% ABV as the brand’s existing regular RTDs, the new addition will maintain WKD’s track-record of NPD with an on-trend flavour which is set to hold strong appeal for the brand’s 18 to 24-year-old target market.

Introduced in both 700ml (standard and price-marked versions) and 275ml glass bottles (for inclusion in WKD mixed 10-packs and 12-packs), Berry Blast will refresh retailers’ shelves and revitalise consumer interest in the category. The 700ml standard pack will align to existing WKD flavours, with a £3.29 RRP.

Rolling out across all trade channels, WKD Berry Blast will benefit from a striking label featuring flavour-explosion graphics designed to both convey the vibrant taste of the product and to maximise on-shelf impact. With four times the consumer awareness of other RTD brands2 and sales +35% in grocery over the last two years3, WKD is in a strong position from which to successfully introduce new variants.

With berry currently the fastest-growing flavour within the overall alcohol category4, SHS believes that WKD Berry Blast will both recruit new consumers and encourage existing RTD shoppers to reappraise fixtures.

The launch of the new variant will be supported by a bespoke social media campaign which will build awareness and generate interest. In addition, Berry Blast will benefit from being an integral part of the high-profile 2022 brand-wide umbrella support package for WKD.

Alison Gray, head of brand – WKD at SHS Drinks, says: “Berry is set to be the next big thing in RTD flavours and our eye-catching Berry Blast packs are going to ensure that WKD is front and centre and grabs consumers’ attention. Our target market actively seeks out innovation and new variants; they expect WKD to deliver new products on a regular basis and our latest offering will not disappoint.

“Our consumers tell us that when they get together with mates to socialise and enjoy WKD, they always have a great time. Now, with the launch of our latest fruity Limited Edition, we can really inspire them to get together and have a Blast!”

1Source: Nielsen Scantrack UK Take Home RTD category volume (L) MAT to 26.03.22

2Source: System 1, Brand Health Study

3Source: Nielsen Grocery Multiples RTD value (£) MAT 26.03.22 vs 2YA, WKD bottles

4Source: Nielsen Total UK value (£) MAT 01.02.22

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