Brand refresh for a family-run, free from baked goods business

Overview

We helped The Foods of Athenry to refocus their brand purpose and modernise their visual identity. Our tasks included overhauling their logo and the look of all product ranges to create a more memorable brand.

The Foods of Athenry before and after it was redesigned by Brand Purist.

Brand research

The Foods of Athenry is a family-run business. The founders had a special attachment to their brand because it was built with love and hard work over many years.

A couple of crucial issues emerged through our research: the brand lacked a focused purpose and consistent visual identity. We also explored the company’s history, customers and competitors.

There are many established brands in the free from baked goods sector. We helped the The Foods of Athenry team gain a better perspective on areas to improve by deeply analysing competitors’ branding and design approaches.

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Brand strategy

One of the key challenges of the project was evolving the brand while ensuring its heritage and soul was retained. We worked closely with the team to define the brand identity, including: core purpose, values, personality, positioning and vision.

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Brand purpose

The founders had personal experience of struggling to find tasty products that were free from artificial and allergy-inducing ingredients. This had led them to create healthy, delicious treats for themselves. We made sure this shaped the brand from the start.

The concept of enabling people to experience food freedom became the brand’s purpose. And we brought the business’ positive values into the centre of their brand identity. The Foods of Athenry is invested in people, family-oriented, caring and health-conscious. Staying true to their roots is a key ingredient in the brand’s distinctive charm.

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  • The Foods of Athenry product packaging before it was redesigned.
  • The Foods of Athenry product packaging after it was redesigned by Brand Purist.

Brand design

Our visual research resulted in a long list of improvements to the overall look of the brand. We addressed inconsistencies across all facets of the design by:

  • Simplifying the farmhouse logo mark,
  • Unifying the look of products to help brand recognition,
  • Reducing the number of typefaces and font sizes,
  • Removing hand drawn fonts to improving legibility,
  • Decluttering packaging layouts to improve hierarchy of information,
  • Devising a set of recognisable brand colours,
  • Establishing coherent colour coding for products,
  • Introducing design principles to guide future design assets.
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Logo design

We modernised the farmhouse mark of The Foods of Athenry’s logo. We also refined how the name appeared next to the mark, to make sure the balance was right. The new logo played a pivotal role in redefining the brand’s positioning, lifting its image and perceived credibility.

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  • Biscuit bar packaging designed for The Foods of Athenry.
  • Cookie packaging designed for The Foods of Athenry.
  • Granola bar packaging designed for The Foods of Athenry.

Visual identity

Some elements of the existing visual identity were diluting the brand. We identified features to keep, and reinvented the look based on a single typeface and a handful of brand colours. We reserved purple for the overarching brand and assigned unique colours to each product to give them personality.

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  • The Foods of Athenry branded tote bag.
  • Compliment slip and flyer designed for The Foods of Athenry.

Packaging design

We needed to create a more coherent look for the whole product family. Bringing the designs closer to each other was intended to help consumers identify product ranges easily on busy shelves.

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  • Granola, flapjack and cookie pouch packaging designed for The Foods of Athenry.
  •  Multi seed soda bread, rosemary soda bread and granola boxes designed for The Foods of Athenry.
  • The Foods of Athenry cookie and bar display boxes designed by Brand Purist.

Brand guidelines

We wrapped up the project by producing a detailed brand guidelines document. This covered: brand identity, core values, naming, taglines, logo usage, typefaces, font sizes and weights, information hierarchy, packaging layouts, photography style and rules, colours, Illustrations, symbols and more.

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  • Samples from The Foods of Athenry brand book summarising logo guidelines.
  • Food photography and layout guidelines for The Foods of Athenry brand.

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