Amarula Gin: “The signal for hand harvesting the wild marula fruit is given by elephants, which gather around the marula trees to feast on their favourite fruit. Amarula Gin’s marula fruit spirit is complemented by gentle juniper notes, subtle orange blossom and peppery Ghanaian grains of paradise. This refreshing, uniquely African gin is made for savouring and sharing. It tastes like nothing you’re expecting, but everything you’ll love.”
The Design Challenge: Adapt the recently upgraded packaging for iconic cream liqueur, Amarula, into a standout gin bottle. Taking into consideration craft gin cues and transparent liquid implications, whilst ensuring brand fit.
Design Inspiration: The brand stands for free African spirit and tells a special story of the enigmatic elephants and their unique relationship with Marula fruit. This indigenous fruit is a key ingredient in the new gin extension.
Design Solution: Building on the 2021 pack upgrade, the gin encapsulates the energy and vibrancy of the Amarula African Spirit. Bright blues and silver metallics depart from the warm tones of the cream to signal gin refreshment. The bottle shape enables a print on the inner surface of the back label – of Amarula trees – that are seen through the liquid and glass, creating the impression that the elephant is blending into its natural habitat. PSL front label of the elephant appears to be enjoying and harvesting the fruit. Overall good brand consistency, with enough flex to signal a new category and gin refreshment.
The Results: Amarula Gin is recruiting new consumers into the brand and allowing Amarula to play in excitingly different venues and occasions.
- Agency/Creative: Just Design
- Article Title: Amarula Gin Label Design
- Organisation/Entity: Agency
- Project Type: Packaging
- Project Status: Published
- Agency/Creative Country: South Africa
- Agency/Creative City: Cape Town
- Market Region: Europe
- Project Deliverables: Design, Packaging Design, Pattern Design
- Format: Bottle
- Industry: Food/Beverage
- Keywords: Packaging, New Product, PSL, Double sided label print
Creative Director: Thelmarie Toerien
Senior Designer: Jolize Jacobs
Agency: Just Design
Client: Heineken Beverages
Render Art Direction and Photographic Style: Xfacta