AB InBev’s Mexican division, Grupo Modelo, has filed a lawsuit against Constellation Brands, accusing it of breaching a deal by using the Corona brand name with a non-beer product – namely its Corona Hard Seltzer.
The new Corona Hard Seltzer has already become the #4 hard seltzer brand in the US. And Constellation Brands sees the overall hard seltzer category continue to blossom: ‘If anything, previous estimates are starting to look conservative'.
Constellation Brands will launch a Corona hard seltzer next spring, seeing the brand as a perfect vehicle for entering the booming seltzer category: ‘The refreshment characteristics of seltzers perfectly match Corona refreshment DNA.’
Constellation Brands is expanding its core Corona brand with new launches that appeal to a wider range of consumers and occasions – including the nationwide US rollout this month of premium alcohol-spiked refresher Corona Refresca.
Corona Premier and Corona Familiar – the first major Corona innovations in over 25 years – are already exceeding expectations, says Constellation Brands; while it is also experimenting with premium spiked refresher Corona Refresca in test markets....