Campaign Media Awards: Best International Strategy

New Zealand's DB Breweries came up with an innovative way to boost sales and help its target audience do their bit to save the planet - and won the Best International Category at the 2018 Campaign Media Awards.

Campaign Media Awards: Best International Strategy


DB Export Beer Bottle Sand

DB Breweries and PHD

With beer consumption in New Zealand at its lowest level since World War II, DB Breweries needed to create a compelling campaign to increase sales. Using the premise that the world is running out of sand, which is the second-most-exploited natural resource on Earth, DB Breweries encouraged beer drinkers to do their bit to save the planet.

It created DB Export Beer Bottle Sand – a sand substitute made from empty bottles crushed by machines. New Zealanders were asked to "empty a bottle of DB Export" so that these bottles could be turned into usable sand.

The campaign debuted as a film across local media platforms; the brand also partnered Mitre, New Zealand’s biggest DIY retailer, to make concrete with beer-bottle sand, which was sold at 45 outlets. Product placement on renovation show The Block also showed how sand could be used in construction, while activity was further amplified across TV, digital video, billboards and social media.

Beer-bottle sand has been used across the construction industry, while the launch campaign reached 97% of males in New Zealand. A total of 13 million bottles were emptied, delivering 9.7% year-on-year growth, helping DB Export become the only mainstream beer to grow in both value and volume terms.

Media director: Amanda Palenski

Senior planner/strategist: Simon Bird

Creative agency: Colenso BBDO, New Zealand



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