Nowadays Branding & Packaging Design Is For Meat Lovers And Vegetarians Alike

by Chloe Gordon on 09/14/2021 | 3 Minute Read

Nowadays is a plant-based food product that's not positioning itself as one. Instead, the brand is focusing on competing against conventional meat products. How is that possible? With packaging designed by Riser, that's how. The vibrant colors and bold typography make this product incredibly unique and prominent. Because of these qualities, meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters alike will be craving Nowadays, and we can thank the packaging for the initial interest.


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With a vision to create delicious plant-based foods that would have mass market appeal, the founders of Nowadays knew they needed to up the ante with a superior taste, texture, and nutritional profile. Their first flagship product, a 7-ingredient nugget that is low in sodium and high in protein, delivered a familiar, crave-worthy taste that overjoyed nugget lovers. So, the question became ‘how do we compete with actual meat products, rather than plant-based meats for the most significant impact?’ To set Nowadays up for launch success, we created a visual identity armed with disruptive details that break away from conventional meat and plant-based competitors.

Vibrant colors cue joy and confidence. Immersive claims copy unfolds from front-to-back for a billboard effect that entices the reader to devour the entire message. And a unique, candid food capture reaches beyond the packaging walls to invite the shopper in for a bite. Nowadays demanded a look that would establish the brand as a "clean indulgence" leader through prominent branding and bold equities. But nuggets just get the party started. We also needed to ensure the identity and design system left room to meet the ambition of expanding into new flavors, forms, and categories.

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We also knew a brand like Nowadays deserved to stand out wherever it shows up, so we carried the upbeat energy and optimistic look through to social content, digital ads, collateral material, shipping boxes, and some hot n’ tasty swag. The result is a 360, dive-in and eat-it-up experience that since its debut in April 2021 has already gained praise from plant-based and meat eaters alike.

The result is a 360, dive-in and eat-it-up experience that since its debut in April 2021 has already gained praise from plant-based and meat eaters alike.

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