Woolworths South Africa Redesigns Slimmers Choice

05_07_13_slimmerschoice_6South African retailer WOOLWORTHS FOOD caters to calorie conscious shoppers with it’s Private Brand collection “Slimmer’s Choice”, a ready-to-heat meals with all the information they want to know right where they can see it. No more squinting at the labels.

According to the retailer:

“This was a redesign of an existing ready-to-heat range targeted at customers who are conscious about their weight and their calorie/kilojoule intake. The brief was to make the packaging more modern and informative.

The response was to devise a design with an expert/functional handwriting that still fits with the Woolworths brand. This was achieved through the use of a strong structure with lines, a white background and clean, simple photography, which also give it a health-conscious look and feel.

Creating a hierarchy of information was also key to helping the customer shop and this range. Because she looks for the calorie/kilojoule count even before she considers the product name and description, we used large numbers. For the range name we played with the weight of the font starting from bold to light to illustrate weight loss in subtle way. This range has been very successful and it has been extended to other areas.”

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Christopher Durham

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.