Unified Brands

147 Newton Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Agency: Unified Brands
Illustrator: Phillip Small
Location: New Zealand
Project Type: Produced
Client: Just
Product Launch Location: New Zealand
Packaging Contents: Dips, Hummus, Soups
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Plastic
Printing Process: Flexo

Originating as a flavoured hummus brand that made simple ingredient products convenient, the Just brand wanted to expand. We were approached by the brand team to re-stage its packaging and visual identity, whilst helping expand it into a soup range and introduce Just Smash, an exciting chunky dip range, to the market.

Today ‘convenience’ food doesn’t have to mean ‘fast’ food. People are looking for something that says simple and wholesome, that takes away the clutter and noise. Something convenient that nurtures and restores. We wanted to deliver to this insight with the proposition ‘simple wholesomeness’, however the current packaging and identity weren’t living up to that.

The dated packaging lacked appetite appeal and embodied reductive qualities of simplicity, resembling more of a value or essentials range. The idea of ‘simple wholesomeness’ needed to be brought to life.

We started with redefining how the brand showcases its simple ingredients, creating beautiful watercolour illustrations in collaboration with Phillip Small of Watermark Creative. These, together with the abundance of white and transparency of the product, helped us define an honest and genuine look and feel.

To further reinforce the brand’s ‘simply wholesome’ proposition, we applied a human touch to the logo and branded typography of Hummus and Soup, creating a consistent easy-to-navigate range of products.

Just Smash allowed us to explore how our newly designed Just identity could confidently stretch into a sub-brand. The illustrations of wholesome ingredients being smashed together created cut-through pops of colour, which brought energy and excitement both into the brand and the dip category. With the introduction of Just Smash, we have created a different brand expression that still feels part of the new, simply wholesome and delicious-looking Just family.