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Cardeal Foods


Design: Abracadabra
Location: Brazil
Project Type: Produced
Client: Cardeal Foods
Product Launch Location: Brazil
Packaging Contents: Candies and cookies made of cashew nuts
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Paper
Printing Process: Digital Printing

Culture to see, to feel, and to eat

Cardeal is a food company specialized in products (cookies and candies) made of cashew nuts, abundant fruit from northeast Brazil and part of the food culture. This culture is beyond the gastronomy aspects and is part of the popular artistic imagery, as it is present in art expressions, music and popular celebrations.

So, it's natural for us to imagine the Cardeal packages as an expression of a nation's cultural wealth. The culture inside and outside of the packaging. Culture to see, to feel, and to eat. Since the beginning, our purpose was to conquer people by emotion. To add cultural aspects and manual techniques is an important part of our job, which we call here “soul made design”.



Like happens with so many other micro-producers, the packaging is the main contact point of the brand with the outside world. It's the principal communication platform, and because of that, it has to be singular and special. It must carry stories and emotions.

With the creative concept in mind (“Culture to see, to feel, and to eat”), we chose the embroidery, a common technique in the region, as a visual language. All the packaging illustrations were drawn in fabric and manually embroidered, one by one, by our creative team, that was emotionally involved in the process, interested in learning the technique.


What's Unique?
The illustrations made in embroidery gave the packaging a sophisticated and handmade look. A delicate, handmade touch. The packaging is full of tradition, history, and, at the same time, contemporary and universal. The new graphic project of the packaging was part of a construction process of Cardeal's new visual identity and brand positioning, which also resulted in its logotype change. With the new visual identity and the new packaging, the brand is preparing to conquer markets outside Brazil as well.







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