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WEIRD MARKETING

Brewer launches beer-flavoured lollipops to keep sports fans relaxed

By our News Team | 2022

An annual basketball tournament in the US gets sports fans hot under the collar. A beer brand has seen an unusual marketing opportunity.

Watching the annual men’s college basketball tournament in the US is apparently so stressful that fans either need to suck on a lollipop or drink a beer.

At least American beer brand Coors Light thinks so. And to help sports lovers deal with the anxiety of the event known commonly as NCAA March Madness, it recently launched beer-flavoured lollipops called ‘Chillollipops’, which will be available until the tournament ends in early April.

According to Coors, basketball fans “could use a little chill” and hence it decided to bring the chill via the Chillollipop, which it describes in a breathless press statement as “refreshing beer-flavoured lollipops”.

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Photo courtesy of Coors Light

Explaining this slightly unusual brand strategy, the company said it drew inspiration from previous social experiments where lollipops and hard candies (sweets) were distributed to club patrons and bar-goers at the end of the evening to calm them down.

Brand enlists the advice of a professor

As the brand known for its chill ethos, Coors Light enlisted the advice of Manhattan College professor, Donald E. Gibson, Ph.D., who weighed in on the charged state sports fans experience while watching games.

“Emotions are contagious,” said Gibson. “If there are strong emotions around us, it’s very easy to be swept up in them. I believe that something as simple as a lollipop could have a calming influence in an emotionally charged situation.”

The brand hopes the Chillollipop will bring calm to the madness of college basketball.

“March is one of the most stressful times of the year for a college basketball fan,” said Marcelo Pascoa, Vice President of Marketing for the Coors Family of Brands. 

“During all the incredible highs and lows of March basketball, Coors Light is the brand to bring a moment of chill. Whether in the form of a Chillollipop to bring the calm, or a mountain-cold Coors Light to refresh spirits.”

The lollipop, intended for consumers 21+ and crafted to taste similar to Coors Light, does not contain alcohol. But it does have a frothy foam top, similar to the experience of drinking a Coors Light from a pint glass.

Anyone feeling stressed today? Try a lollipop. Beer-flavoured, of course!

Dr Kin Kariisa

Group CEO - Next Media

Dr. Kin Kariisa is an extraordinary force at the helm of Next Media Services, a conglomerate encompassing NBS TV, Nile Post, Sanyuka TV, Next Radio, Salam TV, Next Communication, Next Productions, and an array of other influential enterprises. His dynamic role as Chief Executive Officer exemplifies his unwavering commitment to shaping media, business, and community landscapes.
With an esteemed academic journey, Dr. Kariisa’s accolades include an Honorary PhD in exemplary community service from the United Graduate College inTexas, an MBA from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Huazong University in China, and a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University.
Dr. Kariisa pursued PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. As a dynamic educator, he has shared his expertise as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at both Makerere University and Radboud University.

Dr Kin did his PhD research in Computer Security and Identity Management at Security of Systems Group, Radbond University in Nigmegen, Netherlands. He previously served as a lecturer of e-Government and Information Security at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and Radbond University in Netherlands.

Dr Kin did his postgraduate courses in Strategic Business Management, Strategic Leadership Communication and Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives at Harvard University, Boston USA.

  • Other current and previous roles played by Dr Kin Kariisa:
  • Lecturer of e-Government and Information Security to graduate students at Makerere University, Kampala and Radbond University in the Netherlands
  • Director of Eco Bank Uganda Limited, one of the largest banks in Africa
  • Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters, an umbrella industry association for all Television, Radio and online broadcasters in Uganda.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Nile Hotel International, that owns the leading hotel in Uganda, Kampala Serena Hotel.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors of Soliton Telmec Uganda, the leading telecom company in Optic fibre business managing over 80% of optic fibre in Uganda.