Gran Stead’s Mellow Ginger

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Designed by What Came Next, United Kingdom / Australia.

For over 150 years in the UK, Gran Stead’s original ginger drink has delighted generations. The ginger wine recipe – now over 150 years old – used all natural ingredients and the result was a mellow, versatile drink that has won many taste accolades and has a broad spectrum of devotees.

It was struggling to standout out in a highly competitive category over run with heritage drinks, natural claims and constant new product innovation. Gran Stead’s real problem was nobody knew what this brand really was or what it stood for. Therfore our brief was create a strong ownable branded look and feel for the brand, giving them a confident shelf presence enabling them to get noticed by the consumer and that could extend across a portfolio of flavours in the future.

An authentic product, full of history, their look and feel had remained unchanged for many years. What Came Next had to treat this brief with caution being sensitive to all the current consumer loyalty or disrupt the brands core history. Gran Stead’s needed something that would allow them to communicate their story and unique product properties, whilst creating an icon for the brand. Brimming with personality and warmth the identity reflects the brand’s core essence, and gives Gran Stead’s a spokesperson who can communicate their unique story and product recipe, a platform which encourages consumer dialogue and interaction allowing them communicate brand messages in an ownable and personal manner.

From what was a small cottage looking brand, What Came Next have brought Granny into the foreground elevating not only the look and feel of the brand but the potential for it to grow with confidence amongst the competition in the on and off trade. Since the recent redesign, the brand has won Gold in the Harper Design Awards 2013, and already seen a massive uplift in sales.

  1. While I'm not sure of how "fresh" you can expect a packaged sandwich to be, I am certain that many people would happily take one of these on the go. It's simple, displays the product well, not trying to hard to be something it's not. While it would have been very easy to market this as a "haute cuisine" product as I've seen done many times before, instead this feels very inviting and looks very appealing. Something you can get at your local grocers or coffee shop. Very well done.

  2. I was well empress by the packaging design, it looks elegant and attractive. It was like you’re afraid to open the package because it might lose the beauty of the design. But I’m just wondering if how long the sandwich does takes long inside the packaging? How can you assure the consumer that the product is still safe?

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