Cider done right: a fresh approach in a traditional category
Client: Sandford Orchards
Services: Brand Strategy, Brand Identity, Packaging Design
The British cider category was lacking in contemporary, middle-ground, premium cider – and Sandford Orchards came to us primed to fill this space. They’ve been making cider the proper way in the heart of Devon since 2002, producing drinks of far higher quality than the cheap, mass-produced ciders but far more accessible than the pricey craft options. Despite this their brand really wasn’t doing them justice, niching them in Devon and lacking appeal on the bar and shelf.
To help them grow beyond their county and gear up to become a national player in the cider market, we needed to enable consumers to see Sandford Orchards as a worthwhile trade up, and justify their slightly higher price point. This meant working with them to reposition their brand as a more authentic and better tasting alternative to mainstream competitors.
We redesigned their visual identity, pairing a modern, natural colour palette and style with clear, bold messaging to communicate quality and taste. Each of their ranges has its own unique character and offering, so we ensured the brand system was recognisable but flexible enough to appeal to different consumers. The result is a brand that’s easy-going and approachable, standing out in a category loaded with traditional cues, whilst reassuring modern cider drinkers that Sandford Orchards is a great quality pint.
“Despite relaunching the brand during Covid we’ve been able to add over 200 new retail stockists who love the new brand. Feedback from buyers has been exceptional.”
Jon Day, Sales Director at Sandford Orchards.