February 23, 2021

Shawn Murnbeeld

The Downeys have grown, harvested, packaged, distributed and marketed potatoes for over ninety years selling to consumers, retailers, processors, restaurateurs and institutions.

As a fan of our previous work of their Organic line, Mr. Downey asked us to develop a synergistic look for their parent brand, Downey Farms.

We knew these products needed to look as timeless and natural as possible. They are, after all, potatoes — so what better way to package them than in a potato sack? This look has been done to death with coffee, but surprisingly we didn’t see much if any burlap used by their competitors. Continuing with our heritage-inspired nameplate, we added usages to the simple typographic design to help the less savvy customer.

We also thought a bit greener this time around, switching all the bags to paper. Besides being cheaper to produce, paper also absorbs moisture and provides a dark environment to ensure a longer shelf life. Plus, to provide better taste and less waste, we replaced the bag’s non-recyclable netting with simple air holes for optimum freshness, making the bag 100% recyclable for the first time.

The roll-out also included non-consumer facing 50lb bags and shipping boxes. As these are typically done on the cheap with little branding, we were more than happy to continue with the look and feel — establishing a more consistent look across all points of contact.

Designer Shawn Murnbeeld  https://www.touchwooddesign.com

Location : Orangeville, Canada!

Project : A Rebrand That’s In The Bag.