F. Ménard is a Canadian pork producer and butcher with a family heritage that dates back fifty years. Their visual identity, developed by brand and packaging design specialist lg2 boutique, creates a seamless fusion of a past and present – traditional service values alongside contemporary high standards – through the union of vintage and contemporary photography, the utilisation of digitised, early 20th century typeface and a flat, economical colour palette cohesively executed across a variety of collaterals.
Expatrius is a limited edition range of wines created from grapes grown on the eastern end of Waiheke Island, New Zealand, by winemaker Luc Desbonnets. The wine’s label and case, created by print and digital design agency Inhouse, contrast the fine detail and traditional heraldic cues of a hand-etched illustrative crown, a gold block foil emboss and tactile substrate alongside geometric, abstract letter-forms, solid fills and a striking monochromatic colour palette to communicate the heritage, high quality, craft and exclusivity of the wine and a very distinctive and contemporary brand character.
McGrath’s is a range of premium ales created by Clanconnel, a Northern Irish microbrewery that specialises in natural, high quality, handcrafted beers produced through a combination of traditional and artisan techniques with a modern twist. The ale’s visual identity and packaging solution, recently redeveloped by specialist design agency Drinksology, was inspired by the famous 19th Century greyhound, Master McGrath, and his racing successes. Drinksology’s design boldly appropriates a regional racing legend and mixes it with typographical blend of old and new, a traditional pub sign layout, iconic greyhound illustration and a tactile substrate with edging detail to draw together the regional, handcrafted qualities of the ale and develop a sense of brand heritage to capture Clanconnel’s 180 year old brewing techniques.
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Sheffield Food is an independent organisation set up to promote and support local producers and small scale manufacturers in the area. Their identity, designed by DED Associates blends visuals cues from Sheffield’s industrial past to carve a mark that represents a continuing commitment to sustainable and provincial food.