XXXX Gold loses iconic Xs in newly launched State of Origin campaign via Host/Havas

Screen Shot 2018-06-06 at 9.46.46 am.jpgTo demonstrate its continued and long-running support of the Queensland Maroons, XXXX GOLD is doing away with its iconic red four Xs and replacing them with something sentimental for the Maroons' passionate fanbase, as part of a new campaign via Host/Havas.

The campaign will see the famous brand logo replaced in-store and on-pack with the years of the XXXX team's favourite Maroons' series victories. Special edition cans enable Queenslanders to 'Taste the Glory' of the Maroons success with each can telling the story of a series' most memorable moment, as selected by past Queensland players and the team at XXXX.

Says Darren Spiller, chief creative officer, Host/Havas: "It's not every day that a brand will remove their most recognisable attribute, but nothing shows XXXX is more committed to Queensland than by replacing their iconic logo to honour the on-field achievements of the Mighty Maroons."

Says Richard Knight, XXXX marketing manager, XXXX Gold, Lion Australia: "This year's State of Origin will once again be a must-watch spectacle for fans across the country. As long-time supporters of the Maroons, we wanted to give fans the ultimate way to cheer on the team and be at the heart of the celebrations. There have been some great moments over the years - we had a tough time selecting them - and hope there will be more to add after this series."

The special edition packs are supported via a TVC, on-premise and in-store activity. There will also be dedicated social content featuring Maroons' players sharing their most memorable series wins and inviting fans to discuss theirs.

The new campaign follows the success of the brand's previous State of Origin campaign 'Locals Make League Legends', also developed by Host/Havas, which championed local Queensland football clubs as the roots that produced Origin greats we know and love today.

Client: Lion
Marketing Manager, XXXX: Richard Knight
Brand Manager, XXXX: Christina Reid
Creative & Social: Host/Havas
Group Account Director: Ant Moore
Senior Account Manager: Andrew Dengate
CCO: Darren Spiller
CD: Chris Little
Copywriter: Hadleigh Sinclair
Art Director: Jack Delmonte
Head of Design: Darren Cole
Designer: Frankie Molina
Designer: Harlee Axlesen
Typographer: Frank Thiruchelvam


That's a first. said:

Someone managed to get a decent performance out of an athlete.

Mwah haha hehe said:

Put that laugh on repeat. Soothes the soul.

Clever. said:



This work is so eeeewwwieee.

yeah, nah. said:

This fell short for me. I'd be keen to see what else could have been.

What's going on over at Lion these days?

I thought XXXX was cause QLDers can’t spell ‘BEER’? said:

Steinlager can was better.

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