Effortless style, creativity and authenticity are still at the core of Peroni Nastro Azzurro
The brand was re-launched internationally. Peroni Nastro Azzurro made shopping history when it opened 'Emporio Peroni', a minimalist boutique. Situated on one of the world's most stylish thoroughfares, Sloane Street in London, it sat comfortably alongside other leading Italian fashion brands.
Emporio was so exclusive that only window shopping was permitted – the ultimate way to drive people’s interest and desire.
Peroni Nastro Azzurro launched iconic advertising campaigns that have been essential to the success of the brand. In these campaigns the model is styled in a sailer outfit and hat, as an homage to the sea and sailing world, a passion strongly held by the Peroni family.
All advertising continued this nautical theme; the ribbon on the sailor hat was representative of the one featured on the neck of the bottle, becoming a hugely recognisable symbol for the brand.
Post war, modern Italian creativity met the industrial world and the two blossomed into the economic boom.
Italian style beguiled the international jet setters, including powerful politicians and wealthy royals, as well as A-list actors. They converged on Italy to savour la dolce vita (the sweet life). This was the era and place that saw the birth of many iconic Italian brands.
In this decade the Italian economy entered an exceptional period of growth that continued over the next few years. One of the traits of the ‘quiet’ revolution’ was an increase in consumption.
During this economic boom there was a sudden rise of people moving into urban areas. Italians wanted to be in the big cities, Rome in particular. This shift radically altered the fabric of Italian society and it was in the second half of this decade that Birra Peroni started its phenomenal growth.
Luxury Italian liner SS Rex won the coveted 'Blue Riband' ('Nastro Azzurro' in Italian), a prize awarded for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by passenger liners.
Since then, the SS Rex has become a symbol of national pride, inspiring the name of Peroni Nastro Azzurro 30 years later.
Due to extremely high demand, a second brewery was built in Rome and Francesco’s son, Giovanni, took over the running of the new branch.
Eight years later, Peroni headquarters officially transferred to the capital city. Over the next 70 years, the business went from strength to strength to become the biggest brewery in Italy.
Francesco Peroni established his first brewery in Vigevano, in Pavia province. It was called Birra Peroni and still bears the founder’s name to this day.
It was a combination of climate, close proximity to the mountains – where ice and glacial water was plentiful - and the quality of ingredients that helped Francesco create such a distinctive pale, medium-strength beer that within a short time had become vastly popular.