Morrison’s Begins The Launch Of Its Update Private Brands

The UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, Morrison’s announced in June of this year that it would redevelop, redesign and relaunch its entire Private Brand portfolio

Private Brand director Belinda Youngs who came to Morrison’s from the Canadian grocery chain Sobeys in Canada, where she was chief marketing officer, said it is “the most comprehensive review of the Morrison’s brand ever conducted” and detailed that suppliers would be key to the success of own label categories going forward.

She added: “We are not only investing in our internal processes from shop floor to boardroom, we will invest time, money and expertise to train our suppliers to deliver the quality, innovation and excellence.

The new identity was created by the English brand design agency Coley Porter Bell and is part of the retailer’s push to strengthen their Private Brand and increase its market share.

The exercise which aims to transform Morrisons’ Private Brand into a coherent Brand is the biggest design brief in the UK this year. It covers 17,000 products and variants and will roll out over the next 18 months.

The first work will be seen this month with the relaunch of Morrisons’ ready meals under the ‘M Kitchen’ banner.  Other sub brands and product areas will follow in subsequent months.

The redesign builds on Morrisons’ brand strengths particularly in fresh food and the quality and knowledge of its staff.  Morrisons is Britain’s second largest food manufacturer and has more qualified butchers bakers and fishmongers in store than any of its rivals.

The new packaging unites these themes by focusing on the quality of the food and the human touch behind the brand. This is expressed in hand-drawn typography and through imagery that celebrates the quality of the food.

Said Vicky Bullen, CEO of Coley Porter Bell: “This is an immense strategic, creative and executional challenge. But it is also a unique brief because it is rare for a large retailer to consider their entire portfolio at once. It has allowed Morrisons to do fascinating category defining marketing and it has allowed us to give their own-label a visual and strategic coherence that will help sales better reflect the quality of their products.”

Carol Turner, Head of Design at Morrisons said the redesign is part of a broader programme of change at Morrisons. “Our desire to build a strong own brand is part of our ambition for Morrisons to be different and better than ever. The new designs help us to achieve this, bringing to life our brand, building a strong food culture, communicating the care that goes into making each and every one of our products and changing perceptions of our business.”

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.