CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Designalytics, in partnership with Dieline, announced the winners of the second-annual Designalytics Effectiveness Awards, recognizing the power of strong packaging design and its impact on driving double-digit sales growth for some of today's fast-moving consumer brands.
The Designalytics Effectiveness Awards are unique because, unlike traditional design competitions, winner selection is entirely data-driven, based on sales performance in the marketplace and rigorous quantitative consumer testing of each design. For this year's contest, brands and their creative agencies submitted package redesigns launched in the U.S. between July 2018 and July 2020 for consideration.
"Increasingly, consumer-packaged goods companies are realizing that design is a significant driver of brand growth, particularly when it's guided by objective, strategic decision-making. This is a fact—a bottom-line reality that Designalytics is uniquely positioned to illuminate, and our award winners provide powerful and inspirational proof points," says Steve Lamoureux, CEO and founder of Designalytics.
Dark Horse Leverages Distinctive Assets and Bold Colors as Grand Prize Winner
This year's grand prize winner, previously announced by Dieline, is Dark Horse, a wine brand owned by E. & J. Gallo Winery. ForceMAJEURE, a Brooklyn-based creative agency, led the redesign effort, building on an already top-performing design by leaning into the brand's key distinctive asset: its beloved horse iconography. The agency also assigned a bold color to each varietal, adding some "pop" and making the line easier for consumers to navigate.
The redesign resulted in a 15% increase in sales for Dark Horse following the brand's relaunch relative to the same period during the prior year—significantly outpacing the average for similarly-priced wines. Read more about the Dark Horse relaunch here.
Strong Design Drives Sales. Meet This Year's Four Other Winning Brands
This year's winners hail from the food, beverage, and personal care categories. See the complete list of Designalytics Effectiveness Award Winners and download full report here.
Dove (Body Wash)
A category leader improved on an already-top-performing design by leveraging ingredient photography to capture the product's heightened sensory experiences and the specific benefits of each variety. The redesign resulted in double-digit sales growth for the Dove brand and record share growth, exceeding 20% in the body wash category for the first time.
Morningstar Farms (Plant-Based Meat)
Agency: Design B&B
A long-standing leader in a booming category enjoys renewed relevance by modernizing the brand and punching up taste appeal with new food photography. Changes to the hierarchy of communication helped consumers locate specific products more easily and realize the breadth of the brand's offerings. As a result, Morningstar Farm's sales grew by 14% following the relaunch.
Theo Chocolate (Holiday Chocolate)
Manufacturer: Theo Chocolate
Agency: Internal design team
Seasonal packaging for a premium chocolatier's line of holiday products amped up holiday cheer and gifting appeal. The updated packaging increased Theo Chocolate's sales by 37% compared to last year's seasonal packaging, with a 120% sales increase in the grocery channel.
Fat Snax (Keto Cookies)
Manufacturer: Fat Snax
A challenger brand skyrocketed distribution and sales at brick-and-mortar retailers with a bold, cheeky look that appeals to mainstream cookie consumers and health-oriented buyers alike. The new design increased retail sales 94% after the relaunch. Notably, sales in Whole Foods stores that had carried Fat Snax prior to the redesign increased by 46% after the new design was introduced.
"The Designalytics Effectiveness Awards serve a unique and incredibly important role in the industry: crystallizing the strong connection between design and brand growth, and doing it in a truly indisputable, data-driven way," says Andrew Gibbs, founder and editor-in-chief at Dieline.
Gear up for 2022 Designalytics Effectiveness Awards. Entries can be submitted through the Dieline Awards platform (http://dielineawards.com/) starting later this year.
*Based on retail sales data from Nielsen and IRI; sales for the six months following each redesign's launch were compared to sales from the same period during the prior year.
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Dieline is the leading media brand for consumer packaging and consumer brands. TheDieline.com is the world's most visited packaging design website for sharing design innovation and creativity. In addition to TheDieline.com, Dieline also runs The Dieline Conference in partnership with HOW Design Live, and the annual Dieline Awards, a global competition that recognizes the world's best consumer product packaging design.