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Coca-Cola Unveils New NFL And College Football Packaging

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As the “Share a Coke” campaign enters its sixth year, Coca-Cola is debuting new labels on 20 oz. bottles of Coke and Coke Zero Sugar featuring logos from nearly 60 college and NFL teams across the country.

Both college and NFL team logos will appear on 20 oz. bottles of Coke and Coke Zero Sugar. NFL logos will also appear on 16 oz. cans of Coke and Coke Zero Sugar.

“We’re excited to give consumers the opportunity to share some team spirit when they ‘Share a Coke’ this football season,” said Oana Vlad, director, Coca-ColaTrademark. “We hope to unite friends, fans and even rivals through the power of ‘Share a Coke.’”

Other labeling includes a variety of football-related nicknames, such as “Squad,” “#1 Fan,” “Pro” and “Legend” on 7.5 oz. mini cans, 12 oz. cans, 8 oz. glass bottles, 1.25-liter, 1.75-liter and 2-liter PET bottles of Coca-Cola and Coke Zero Sugar. Special football-inspired designs will also appear on outer packaging such as the boxes for cans.

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In order to activate this regionalized program, several supply chain innovations were necessary, including codes on the custom labels that ensure the correct team logos are shipped to each market.

“Shifting from a national to a hyper-local approach is incredibly complicated and could only happen with the partnership of our bottlers,” Vlad added. “Last summer we made the decision, together as a system, that ‘Share a Coke’ would be our biggest push for 2019. Collectively, we believe in the power of our football assets at the local level.”

Coca-Cola will also be leveraging its longstanding partnership with ESPN College GameDay for its “Share a Coke” campaign. Each week, broadcasts will feature “Share a Coke” moments, shareworthy content and fun experiences. For example, each week 50 fans at GameDay will be chosen to get the VIP treatment, which will include an unlimited supply of ice-cold Coke.

For fans who aren’t on-site at GameDay, there are opportunities to unlock football-themed experiences by scanning the Sip and Scan icon on Coca-Cola packaging and limited-edition fountain cups at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Customized out-of-home, digital and radio creative will target hometown fans as well, and a national TV commercial will debut at the start of the season.

The 53 participating college teams include: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, BYU, Clemson, Colorado State, UConn, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Fordham, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Idaho, Idaho State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Monmouth, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stony Brook, Temple, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, UCLA, UNLV, USC, USF, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Weber State, West Point and West Virginia.

The 6 participating professional teams include the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Team-specific bottles can be found in stores within the team’s market or purchase their favorite team-specific bottles on CokeStore.com while supplies last.

This piece originally appeared on Forbes.com on August 8, 2019

About Kristi Dosh

Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more
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