Coca-Cola is branding its cans in the US flag to salute the army
The soft-drink company has replaced the stars of the American Flag with the song lyrics: "I'm proud to be an American," signaling that the makeover (which we first saw on Ad Age ) is a part of Coke's "Share a Coke and a Song" campaign.
The special edition cans are on sale from now until July 4, according to a press release .Coca-Cola says the promotion is to mark the 75th anniversary of The United Service Organizations (USO,) a non-profit which provides assistance, services, and entertainment to US service people and their families.
"The patriotic graphics on special 16 oz. cans and multiple club packs are a small way of saying thanks to the USO for all they do," Erika von Heiland Strader, director of community marketing at Coca-Cola North America, said in the press release .
Coca-Cola is encouraging its customers to send messages of support to US service people on a new website , as part of the "Campaign to Connect."
The campaign comes in the wake of other brands, including Smirnoff , Budweiser, and Hershey's own patriotic rebranding, which co-incides with an Olympic summer. So far, beer brand Budweiser has gone the furthest, by rebranding its can label to "America" until the Presidential election in November.