Designing food and beverage packaging is definitely an art. However, there are some things that are critical to think through prior to engaging a creative resource.
Spend way more time than you think defining your customer. If you’re not sure how to do that, here’s a customer persona template. You need to understand what makes them tick. Once you do that, capturing their attention becomes much easier.
Take a look at the retailer sets where your product will live to get an idea of the competition. Make note of branding attributes you love (ie - boldness, fonts, packaging material, color scheme, use of space, etc).
In addition to the grocery store, places like Facebook/Instagram, Reddit, Pinterest, Google, and Amazon are gold mines for collecting feedback on your competition.
Create packaging that looks professional and different. However, remember you’re creating packaging for three customers: distributors, retailers, and shoppers. If your packaging makes it harder for any of them, your sales will suffer.
When examining the retailer sets, take note of competing products that aren’t stocked properly along with ones that seem particularly well suited to maintaining shelf presence.
Keep your packaging as simple as possible while communicating important information. Customers spend just seconds making a decision, so you have to grab them immediately.
To plan out what you want to put on your package, make a list of EVERYTHING you want to say about your product.
Not everything on your list needs to be communicated with words. Images and other illustrations are just as important as written content.
In addition to marketing messaging, you’ll need space for all the required information (e.g. ingredients + nutritional panel) and certifications (e.g. Organic).
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