June 18, 2020

A clean sweep of the metal for Brother Design and Pams at 2020 Vertex International Awards

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Even amid Covid-19 uncertainty, the Vertex International Design Awards carried on judging, with Brother Design’s work for Foodstuffs’ own label brand Pams one of the big winners.

Awarded Gold for Pams confectionery, Silver for the redesigned Pams brand and Bronze for Pams Chilled pasta, the Vertex judges were clearly impressed with the own label brand’s new look. As was Marketing Manager Melissa Steffensen of Foodstuffs Own Brand Limited. “Customers love Pams and want to easily find and identify it on shelf,” says Steffensen. “Our new packaging design clearly trumpets the brand, ensuring no matter what aisle of the supermarket you are shopping in, you can easily find Pams.”

Brother Design’s packaging for NZ favourite Pams has a long and successful history at award shows, including Vertex: the only international show devoted exclusively to packaging design for private brand. “It’s always rewarding to have good work recognised but these wins feel really special,” says Jenny McMillan, Business Development Director at Brother. “We’re really thankful to the Vertex judges for following through on the awards during a time of considerable uncertainty. And equally thankful to Foodstuffs for the opportunities they’ve given us. We hope we’ve done them proud.”

All of the winning designs were masterminded by Senior Designer Justine Rankine of Brother. “It’s been my pleasure to work on the design direction of the Pams brand for nearly a decade,” says Rankine. “It’s just sensational to be recognised once again, particularly during these times and with so much at stake.”

With brand extensions into the more premium and more value-focused tiers above and below it, Brother had been given the critical task of creating a new packaging design system for the core Pams brand. “The design needed to communicate affordability, quality and functionality across a diverse range of products and formats,” advises Rankine. “The look we devised aims to communicate quality, building trust and consumer confidence through the use of a consistent brand architecture across all packaging.”

A satisfied client, plus awards in three categories, suggests they achieved that goal, with the new look now in store across Foodstuffs’ New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores.