Food Packaging Design and the Consumer Effect

food packaging design

When it comes to your food packaging design, what does your packaging say about you? Are you conveying the right message through design to get the sales you want?

Products need great packaging. Consumers are motivated by clear, attractive designs that catch their eye and motivate them to make impulsive choices! With food packaging design, the proof really is in the packaging. What consumers see and subsequently feel, can make a huge difference when it comes to purchasing decisions. Creating food packaging with impact will lead to powerful associations between the audience you’re trying to capture and your food business as you’re immediately showing them through design how delicious your food product will look and taste!

At Eat Marketing, we understand that food product packaging is such a crucial design discipline, and we spend a lot of time on this element when it comes to branding for the food companies we work with. Strategically, your branding is so important when it comes to marketing your products, and initially, clarity is key; what your food product is for and what you, as a brand, want to convey through your food packaging design.

Whether you already have food packaging design in place, need a re-brand or are just starting out, you can see, there’s a lot to consider if you want to create impact – and sales! To help you along the way, take a look at a few do’s and don’ts to help you along the way…

The Do’s…

Keep it simple, keep it honest

Your food packaging design should show the product contained within – clearly and effectively. If a consumer looks at your packaging and cannot identify what you’re selling, they are likely to walk on by. And that goes for an honest depiction of what you’re selling too… for example, beautiful food photography is important but it must be true to how the food inside the packaging looks! So, always be straightforward about what your product is with clear, clean design, font and wording and beautifully taken, yet honest photography or illustrations.

Take the shelf impact test

The next time you’re in a supermarket, take the shelf impact test… if your food product is competing against other similar products (and even if it’s not on a ‘shelf’ think of this in terms of competitive businesses selling similar food products to you) you want your product to attract attention. This can lead you to thinking about what you can do in terms of creating a strong, distinctive food packaging design that stands out from the food crowd. Yet, stick to the ‘keep it simple’ rule as these types of designs are more likely to catch the eye when people look.

Choose the right food packaging material

When it comes to food packaging design, the materials you use matter as much as the design you create. Of course, you need to consider what materials will keep your food fresh, whether you’re packaging hot or cold food and what will keep it contained without leaks or damage, but looking to biodegradable (yet sustainable) food packaging design is important too. In fact, 7 in 10 (that’s a high 72%) of consumers choose to buy products based on their initial attraction to packaging design according to a study conducted by the Paper and Packaging Board.

Delve a little deeper into the reasons why and you’ll discover it’s not just the design that counts, it’s the material too with 67% of consumers influenced by packaging materials. Going further, 71% of consumers are more likely to choose paper and cardboard packaging than other materials such as plastic. Consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, and as a food company, considering your food packaging design in these terms, as well as how it looks, could have a positive impact on your sales.

The Don’ts…

Design / text overload

Beware of design and text overload… When there’s too much going on, whether it’s in the design or the copy, consumers won’t know where to look and they’ll simply switch off. This can apply to fonts used too; don’t use different types of fonts as simplicity is key.

Don’t be wasteful

Once again, we’re emphasising the importance of showing environmental awareness through packaging design. With food, packaging is immediately disposable and the more environmentally friendly it is, the better. By this we mean, really consider how much ‘packaging’ you need for your products and don’t go for designs that use unnecessary, wasteful packaging.

Difficult design

Consider how ‘easy’ your packaging is! There can be a temptation to try and create fancy packaging in the hope of standing out from the crowd, but it’s so important to have practical, easy to use and easy to open packaging that works for your product.

As you can see, good food packaging design is more than a pretty design. If you want to know more and take a fresh new look at your food packaging design or are just starting out, we can help. Talk to us today and be inspired by how much further you can take your food business with the right food packaging design.

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