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Mama Bear Core Range

Agency: Turtle and Hare Studio
Location: United Kingdom
Project Type: Produced
Client: Mama Bear
Photography: Amy Heycock
Product Launch Location: United Kingdom
Packaging Contents: Marmalade
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Glass Jar, Labels
Printing Process: Digital Printing

A bold, boisterous (and driven) business owner proclaimed it was time to flip the preserves industry upside down. Clearing the table of common marmalade misconceptions for a new generation of amateur foodies and professional chefs looking for an edge in their cooking.

Turtle and Hare welcomed this sticky challenge. With the aim to package up the business owner’s personality into a unique and exciting visual identity, we were also tasked with building a relationship with a newly established audience: we were taking marmalade to a new level.

In the initial design meeting we vowed to steer clear of old cliches, swapping village fete competition stalls for trendy apartment cupboards. Mama’s got marms, and it was time to let people know.

Our approach was to pair a punchy, contemporary colour palette with shapes and patterns lifted from mid-century design. This tongue and cheek nod to British culinary nostalgia was right on brand for Mama Bear, respecting the history behind their product but looking to the future. Bright colours and retro-gradient styles create a language that is more Cream 1990 Dance Classics than 60s faded tupperware.

Mama Bear had a range of marmalades, each with their own individual taste profiles. The product names put a fresh spin on these traditional flavours. Each marmalade had its own colour palette and corresponding illustrations that characterised the flavours locked away. Side by side, the customer can instantly gather all the information about the product range without batting an eyelid.

Adopting this youthful contraction for the project allowed the client to instantly erase any preconceptions marmalade may conjure in the mind’s eye. Mama Bear is a unique brand that it knows its audience, so our socials had to step up to the plate.

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