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Fresh-picked bottle design for Welch's new juice

With label graphics that appeal to the farm-to-fork product lover and a sophisticated bottle shape that provides a premium appearance, easy pouring, and operational efficiencies, packaging for Welch’s new Farmer’s Pick 100% Juices is delivering multiple benefits to both the consumer and the packager.
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The new line was introduced in February 2014 in a 48-oz, rectangular PET bottle in three varieties: Concord Grape, Mango, and Blackberry. The beverages are made from unfiltered juice and are advertised as having “no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, or preservatives of any kind.”

“Farmer’s Pick by Welch’s is made with unfiltered juice to deliver fresh-picked fruit taste to the shelf-stable juice aisle,” says Welch’s CEO Brad Irwin. “We needed a bottle that communicated the innovation and key attributes of this product line in a contemporary, modern way.”

Delivering that bottle design was 4sight inc. in collaboration with Welch’s and plastic packaging supplier Graham Packaging Co. LP. In creating the structure for the new product, 4sight relates that it was challenged to deliver consumer-inspired bottles that would also enhance Welch’s supply chain capabilities. To uncover meaningful imagery attributes for the design, 4sight worked with consumers—including in-home research to observe contextual interactions, and consumer brainstorming with designers—and then transferred those attributes into concepts. It was Graham’s job to further develop the shapes and concepts into a functional design.

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“We applied a new visual language to communicate the vibrancy, the distinctive flavor, and the ‘straight from the farm’ equities that truly represent the Welch’s brand,” explains 4sight President Stuart Leslie.

The rectangular footprint of the bottle is reminiscent of a carafe shape, while beveled corners add a crystalline, premium touch. The upper neck narrows for better gripping by the consumer. A spiral detail along the neck swirls elegantly from the label to the cap, providing added energy and visual interest. “This detail subtly suggests a reference to the vines from Welch’s most essential ingredient, Concord grapes, but could also be interpreted as a swirling wave of fun and flavor, making it equally appropriate for any flavor of juice,” notes Jason Billig, Design Director at 4sight.

To help solve Welch’s request for a label that would help improve plant performance, a wraparound film label was used that is easy to handle and premium in appearance. “Because of the simplicity of applying a wraparound label, our lines can operate with less downtime than with our front-and-back spot labels on our current bottle,” says Karen Mitchell, Director of Marketing, Strategy for Welch’s. “This new process allows for efficient utilization of our product.”

The label was also shifted to a higher position than competitive brands in the category for a more distinctive, contemporary shelf impact, while the shape of the bottle facilitates the full-wrap label, providing a better canvas for branding. Labels featuring luscious, real fruit imagery and a “fresh from the farm” graphic style were created by LAM Design.

The structural design of the container also helped Welch’s reduce its packaging materials. “We are proud to say in addition to removing five grams of plastic from the bottle itself, our secondary packaging on this product uses less corrugated compared to our current product,” says Mitchell.

Watch an ad for Welch’s Farmer’s Pick at pwgo.to/1010

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