Bacardi GTR sees major uplift from Leblon cachaça campaign in Brazil


Bacardi Global Travel Retail featured Leblon ultra-premium cachaça in a major airport campaign at Rio Galeao and Sao Paulo Airports during the Olympics in August.

The activation formed part of #liveloveleblon, a cross-market campaign designed to raise awareness and trial of Leblon and its signature Caipirinha cocktail.

The airport campaign ran across five different locations in both arrivals and departures stores operated by Dufry, with tastings of the Leblon Caipirinha, handcrafted by brand ambassadors at specially made beach carts and in the dedicated in-store bar areas.

The activation included high profile digital screens across the airports and special personal appearances from Leblon star mixologists.

Geoff Biggs, Regional Director Americas, Bacardi Global Travel Retail comments: “Cachaça is the third most consumed spirit in the world and, as a leading premium cachaça brand in both Europe and, more significantly, in North America where we have over 40% value market share, we wanted to capitalize on engaging the huge numbers of overseas visitors to Rio and Sao Paulo this summer with the iconic local Caipirinha cocktail, ensuring they associate it with Leblon above all other brands.

“Since our global travel retail division took on the distribution for Leblon earlier this year in the region, this is our first major scale campaign and we are delighted with its success in creating sales uplift and a positive halo effect for the cachaça category.”

Eduardo Heusi, Global Category Management Director Dufry adds: “Leblon Caipirinha is one of the first brand campaigns we have run in our new stores at Rio Galeao and it’s been hugely successful. Our shoppers have loved being able to see first-hand the art of cachaça making and to understand just how easy it is to recreate at home. Buying a bottle of Leblon is a perfect reminder of their trip to Brazil during the 2016 Olympic Games and we’re pleased to have seen significant sales uplift.”