Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum has a cult-like following within its consumer base. Understanding the consumer, the brand and the legend of the man behind it was key to the success of the global brand redesign. The main objective was to increase quality, authenticity and heritage cues without losing the lovably rogue nature of the brand.
Point of Sale
John Steinbeck’s ‘Cup of Gold’ written in 1929 about the life and times of the real Captain Morgan, is said to have inspired Seagram’s CEO Sam Bronfman to create the brand in 1944.
The Captain’s image was updated from a cartoon to a realistic portrait; rightfully representing him as a credible, authentic character from history.
Original Spiced Rum was the first in the long line of global variants to be effected by the redesign. Custom typography was created for each product: it was imperative to translate the craft, heritage and accessible masculinity that the Captain Morgan brand is known for. A full merchandising and outdoor advertising campaign for North American markets followed.