Today, we delve into the world of Moutai, a traditional luxury Chinese liquor brand that has gained spectacular virality in the recent weeks. Let us examine its essence, the factors underpinning its lofty status, and recent strategic moves. Moreover, we will look into the latest marketing campaigns and collaborations.
Unveiling Moutai: A Testament to Tradition and Mastery
Moutai, also known as Maotai, is a distinguished name in the domain of Chinese liquor. Originating from the town of Maotai in Guizhou province, it stands as a symbol of China’s rich heritage of distilled spirits. Its meticulous craftsmanship, utilizing sorghum and wheat, bears testament to centuries of perfected techniques. The result is a globally acclaimed elixir embodying the essence of Chinese culture. Its steadfast dedication to time-honored techniques, while remaining open to contemporary trends, has been pivotal in captivating connoisseurs worldwide. One bottle of Moutai typically costs from 1,499 yuan ($223), to over 16,000 yuan ($2,390) for rare vintages. As it continues to evolve and redefine luxury, Moutai remains a pioneering force in the world of distilled beverages. Not only in China but eyeing global expansion as well.
Moutai: Trendy Collaborations
First Moutai-inspired products started to appear last year with the first ever Moutai Ice Cream shop opened in the lobby of the brand’s headquarter in Guizhou province. After country-wide release, the product has quickly become an internet sensation. The flagship store had sold more than 5,000 Moutai ice-creams in 7 hours, achieving the sales of over RMB 200,000; while via the “iMoutai” APP 40,000 pieces were sold out in 51 minutes, generating a sales record of about 2.5 million yuan.
It didn’t take long for another exciting collaboration to hit the market. This time Moutai joined forces with Luckin, another beverage giant famous for its coffees and other beverages. Together, they co-created a new flavor of latte, Moutai Latte which was an instant hit. Hashtags related to Luckin Coffee Real Moutai topped Weibo’s Hot List with hundred millions of views and users’ feed with full of pictures of the product itself or queues to Luckin stores across China. On the launch day, Luckin sold 5.4 million Moutai alcohol-infused lattes in one day topping 100 million yuan ($13.72 million).
A few days later, Moutai consolidated its modern and more approachable image with yet another one collaboration. This time, the brand collaborated with Dove on Moutai-infused chocolate. Again, the hashtag about the collaboration had immediately topped all social platforms’ trending topic lists.
Successful Pivot Towards Gen Z
The creation of Moutai-inspired products is a strategic move to tap into the young consumer market, who normally have a oldish image towards the strong liquor. At the same time, many foodies including the youngest one might not be able to afford a bottle of spirit. Now, they can literally get a taste of it thanks to these different collaborations. For many of them, it will be their first encounter of the famous alcohol.
Within the last 3 months, Moutai gained more than 25 billions impressions on Chinese social media platforms.
Insights into Moutai: Captivating in its Simplicity
What are the intriguing facets of Moutai that contribute to its allure:
- Craftsmanship in Every Bottle: Each bottle is a product of meticulous production processes, reflecting the dedication and artistry of its craftsmen.
- Collectible Value: Beyond its function as a beverage, Moutai holds significant collectible value. Rare and limited editions attract attention from collectors and investors, adding a unique dimension to their appeal.
- Strategic Collaborations and Limited Editions: The collaboration between Moutai and Luckin Coffee, resulting in alcohol-flavored coffee beverages, ice-creams and chocolates showcases the brand’s adaptability and willingness to explore new avenues.
Diversification and Expansion: A Strategic Trajectory
Moutai’s growth extends beyond the realm of distilled liquor. Recent ventures into diversified consumer products like chocolates and ice cream demonstrate strategic diversification, aligning with evolving consumer preferences and expanding its influence. Here’s to Moutai – a brand that epitomizes excellence and continues to enthrall the world with its sophistication and innovation. A toast to the legacy of perfection and the journey of innovation!