• Haywards

    Agency: Bulletproof
    Project Type: Produced, Commercial Work
    Client: Mizkan Euro
    Location: London, UK
    Packaging Contents: Pickled vegetables

    Haywards ‘veg with edge’ brand revamp gives the humble pickle real punch and personality

    The UK’s favourite pickled veg brand Haywards is set to cause a real stir in the pickled veg aisle as it reveals its punchy new brand identity and packaging design by Bulletproof. The design agency was appointed by brand owner Mizkan Euro following a three-way creative pitch back in July 2014.

    Bulletproof comments: “We wanted to invigorate an old fashioned and traditional category dominated by private label by pushing boundaries and positioning the Haywards brand as the ‘Masters of Pickle’. Haywards pickled veg has a loyal fan base of older consumers, who have grown up eating it, however research showed that consumers didn’t understand the flavour profiles and strengths of the various products in the range. Our challenge was to create a bold and flavour-centric design to entice younger consumers to trial the products – all without alienating existing consumers.”

    As part of its strategic process, Bulletproof developed the ‘Tongue-tastic’ creative platform to capture the sharp, cheek-sucking, eye-popping flavour sensations of a Haywards’ pickled vegetable – ‘the veg with edge.’ From this, the creation of a bold design would emerge – a visual interpretation of a ‘flavour punch’ that is striking, impactful and promises to smack taste buds squarely in the face.

    Bulletproof adds: “We needed to push the boundaries with a new look that amplified this perception of big lively flavours, while capturing culinary imagination and eliciting a curiosity for flavour experimentation. Haywards pickled vegetables’ had a vast product offering, which was both wondrous and confusing. Therefore part of the design job was to create a simple, approachable visual language that helped consumers understand the different products, flavours and usage occasions, demystifying the pickled veg category and educating consumers in a fun and engaging way. Mizkan Euro research unearthed the perfect solution - the Haywards’ ‘Tang-o-meter’, which we were briefed to bring to life. Defined by colour and a gauge, we used this device as a means of illustrating the various flavour intensities of the products. Consumers could, as it were, ‘dial up the tang’, from ‘sweet and mild’ to ‘hot and spicy’. The lighter shades of the Tang-o-meter represent milder flavours with the colours deepening in richness as the product flavour becomes more intense.”

    Next was the brand identity. Keeping the existing Haywards yellow-on-blue colour scheme, Bulletproof created a contemporary hand drawn brand mark inspired by the vibrant, vintage-style typography of Latino art. Emboldened by contrasting 3D detailing, the identity frames the Tang-o-meter giving it real punch. Beneath the flavour dial, the product is labelled accordingly with bold typography using a colour scheme that is in line with the flavour. The brand’s strapline “Liven Up Your Food” sits at the base of the label – a nod to the positioning that Haywards pickled veg is the ultimate foundation for a vibrant and punchy plate of food.

    Kate Charman, Haywards brand manager, commented: “Although the brand is the best loved in the pickled veg category, we were looking to gain new fans from younger markets who have an interest in culinary experimentation, challenging flavour conventions and foods with real tang and punch. We also knew that more could be done with the design to make Haywards pickled veg more visually impactful on shelf while also educating product use across all of our lines. Bulletproof has created a strong design that appeals to both taste traditionalists and traditional revivalists. It artistically captures the diverse and tantalisingly intense flavours of our offerings to inspire culinary creativity and importantly, brings our zingy brand spirit and essence to life.”

    The new Haywards pickled vegetable packs will begin a phased roll out in October with pickled onions, beetroot, piccalilli, red cabbage and mixed pickle changing over to the new packaging in selected retailers.

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