Sydney-based brand design agency Blue Marlin has recently rolled out an entire new packaging design system for consumer brand Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers operates across 38 categories with some 220 products and has a net worth of $224 million dollars per year, in the Australian and New Zealand market.
The company recently launched its new weight loss and nutritional program ProPoints, the biggest program development the brand has implemented in over 15 years. This instigated the decision to also contemporise the brand’s packaging design. Yet the company was struggling to gain standout on shelf with employed research suggesting that two in 10 buyers were bypassing the product in store.
Photo: before (left) and after (right) package designs
Blue Marlin was engaged to create a more contemporary, striking and consistent packaging design system that reflects the brand’s move to appeal to a broader market, beyond its established program members. A multi-faceted solution was required to work across the various licensing categories to drive product sales and to allow the brand to exist in the “aspiring healthy-living” and wellbeing market segment.
“We created a much stronger system that offered a recognisable brand footprint that not only had enough rigour to accommodate new product development but also allowed flexibility for individual category drivers and language,” says Blue Marlin creative director Ian Catling. “We also wanted the consumer perception to shift from the brand being about weight loss to one that is more of a lifestyle choice.”
The new design introduces iconography to depict meal occasion and ingredient and food photography to deliver taste appeal. The updated copywriting aims to encourage a more light and friendly approach to healthy living. On the back of the packs is the inclusion of motivational messaging with a focus on wellbeing and nutritional value.
“The fun, fresh and innovative design has revolutionised our packaging and offered a unique point of difference within the category, whilst maintaining strong stand-out on shelf by keeping the ‘blue’ background that is positively synonymous with Weight Watchers,” says Rebecca Egan, senior brand manager—licensing at Weight Watchers.
Blue Marlin London has also picked up the account in the United Kingdom.