My issue is that the people at DB Breweries (Monteith’s owners) have gone from focus to greed. The brand seems to have done well as a ‘mass-boutique’, positioning on its authentic West Coast origins and its crafting of a very likable beer range. Now they’ve launched ‘Monteith’s New Zealand Lager’ and all of a sudden the brand focus is shifted from authentic west coast to premium national lager, including jumping on the naturally brewed band-wagon!
The brand gurus are quick to point to big brand disasters after the fact but slow to predict mistakes before they happen. Well I predict this latest addition to the Monteith’s family won’t work because it’s not focused on the brand’s core success factors.