AB InBev Wins Unprecedented Back-to-back “Creative Marketer of the Year”
Recognition Highlights AB InBev’s Ability to Leverage Creative Effectiveness to Drive Growth
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CMOY2023–Today, AB InBev (Brussel:ABI) (BMV:ANB) (JSE:ANH) (NYSE:BUD) announces it will once again be honored as Creative Marketer of the Year by Cannes Lions. This is the first time in Cannes Lions’ history that the same company has been selected two years in a row.
“Considering AB InBev’s continued commitment to placing creativity at the center of its business, resulting in increased creative and financial performance, we have named ABI the Cannes Lions Creative Marketer of the Year in 2023,” said Simon Cook, Chief Executive Officer of LIONS. “ABI is the first company to be awarded for two consecutive years. This win bucks the trend and demonstrates an on-going commitment to creativity as a driver for growth.”
The annual Creative Marketer of the Year (CMOY) award is presented to the marketer that has amassed an industry-leading body of Lion-winning work over a sustained period of time. CMOY recipients are recognized for producing innovative, impactful work that drives business performance. Past recipients include Microsoft, Apple, P&G, and Google.
“This is truly unprecedented to win such a prestigious award two years in a row. It is a testament to the creativity of our entire marketing organization and the relentless focus on connecting in meaningful ways with consumers,” said Michel Doukeris, Chief Executive Officer of AB InBev. “Investing in organic growth is our number one priority and this recognition of creativity further demonstrates our brand building excellence.”
“Creativity becomes a competitive advantage when used to solve consumer and business problems,” said Marcel Marcondes, Chief Marketing Officer of AB InBev. “In 2022 we were named CMOY for the first time and finished the year with all time high volumes. It’s very exciting to start 2023 from the same place. We’ll continue to dream big with our great partners.”
The Creative Marketer of the Year Award will be presented on Friday, June 23rd in Cannes, France.
About AB InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the Mexico (MEXBOL: ANB) and South Africa (JSE: ANH) stock exchanges and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). As a company, we dream big to create a future with more cheers. We are always looking to serve up new ways to meet life’s moments, move our industry forward and make a meaningful impact in the world. We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 500 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; multi-country brands Beck’s®, Hoegaarden®, Leffe® and Michelob ULTRA®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Cristal®, Harbin®, Jupiler®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, and Skol®. Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of approximately 167,000 colleagues based in nearly 50 countries worldwide. For 2022, AB InBev’s reported revenue was 57.8 billion USD (excluding JVs and associates).
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