Murphy’s bottled up by JKR

Whitbread has fired another shot in the so-called “stout wars” by launching Murphy’s Irish Stout in a bottle. – Packaging design, including the bespoke bottle, is by designer Torben Dunn at Jones Knowles Ritchie.

Whitbread has fired another shot in the so-called “stout wars” by launching Murphy’s Irish Stout in a bottle.

Packaging design, including the bespoke bottle, is by designer Torben Dunn at Jones Knowles Ritchie. The group designed the bottle shape to be registerable and protectable, says a spokesman.

Whitbread hopes to gain an edge over Guinness by packaging Murphy’s as the first beer to use a Draughtflow “widget” in a bottle.

Whitbread brand manager Peter Jackson says: “The bottle design has scored highly in research groups and added significantly to the perceived value. “

The brewer is believed to be planning a similar launch in a bottle for bitter brand Boddingtons.

Jackson says only: “Whitbread has a full range of brands which could benefit from this type of technology.”

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