Understanding and identifying the right decisions in fresh produce branding

It is important that stakeholders right across fresh produce understand the importance of a thorough brand audit and how it can make your fresh produce brand standout for years to come.

Are you thinking about rethinking your brand? Or maybe you need to build a new one? Before you do, take a moment to reflect and ask yourself this – how do you hope to build a fresh produce brand that works for you and your audience in new and engaging ways unless you have insights and context?

I am talking about conducting a brand audit. Traditionally this has centred around the review of the assets (logo, website, packaging etc.) built within the brand hierarchy of an existing brand. Sure, that is still important, but there is so much more to it than that.

For example, if your business manages multiple fresh produce brands, an audit needs to consider how your brands play together, where they are heading respectively, and whether they serve the same, similar, or varying audiences. There is no singular ‘right approach’ to this stuff. The key is to make decisions from the most informed position.

For example, let’s say that you operate in several different fresh produce categories and have a couple of brands in each. Keeping your brands completely unique is tough and expensive. Uniting them all under one singular brand is affordable but can deliver a ‘corporate giant’ perception at the consumer level. As a middle ground, uniting at a category level can bring the best of both. It can also bring risks.

At the end of the day, you must work out which level works for you. Then you need to constantly audit your approaches to ensure they continue to champion the benefits of your chosen direction and avoid the risks therein.

At Soto Group, we follow a three-step process in auditing fresh produce brands.

  1. Firstly, collate and review all incidents of brand use, from billboards to bookmarks, signatures to sponsorships. You are checking for consistency of use and strategic alignment. Ask yourself, are you on track?
  2. Secondly, how does the brand resonate? Are your step one insights matched by feedback from internal and external stakeholders, customers, and consumers? If not, then give some thought as to why not. Consider what interventions you could make to rectify this.
  3. Finally, and this is where the big picture thinking comes in, is the brand increasing in value? Are your efforts driving brand affinity (awareness, engagement, and equity)? How is this tracking against other brands that you manage? Are they supporting or hindering one another?

There are lots of questions to consider, but if you take the time to answer them you’ll be in a better place than before. It is not always the answers that are important, more the pause for thought to consider them. Your goal is to make informed and thorough brand decisions, rather than spontaneous and ill-conceived ones.

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Matt Crouch
I draw value from being inspired and from inspiring others. As a marketing, branding and communications leader and consultant, I have always seen the engagement of stakeholders as critically important. Maintaining this has ensured that the brands I have built and the teams I have led have scope to flourish and drive innovation. I am a firm believer that everything I touch must drive a business forward, challenging the creativity, process, system and infrastructure in place.