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Craft beer means tailored consumer choice. It means small independent breweries with a dedicated focus on flavour and quality over quantity. A commitment to making great beer alongside inventive and memorable brand identities, constantly changing and developing in order to keep abreast of market development.
While the official definition of a craft beer changes by market, they are all characterised by bold flavours and independent marketing.
Where the flavours of craft beer are boundary-pushing, breweries are released into a similar world of opportunity with their craft beer labels. From bright, dynamic colours to artistic illustration, craft beer shelves pop with creativity, in contrast to the brand-focused bottles of big breweries. Location, flavour, even optimal season for drinking can be conveyed with well-focused choices.
When considering craft beer labelling, the questions you ask about your beer, brewery and brand should cover the following:
Essentially, your brand identity will be complex, but your craft beer labels must take cues from this. Choosing bright, muted, or culturally-associated colours is one way of conveying this identity. Furthermore, a clearly displayed brand name could be secondary to a great label if your design is bold and unique. Maybe a unique or unexpected texture could be used, such as paper, or a matte, glossy or metalised film. A wood veneer or clear film could also catch the eye of a customer scanning the shelf.
Understanding how competitors do this by looking at their marketing is useful. Particularly notable brands for their unique labelling include:
The UK Government has guidelines on food labelling, (https://www.gov.uk/food-labelling-and-packaging/food-labelling-what-you-must-show) however, we have summarised the advice for you below.
This is all the must-have information that needs to be included on a label:
Your information must NOT be false or misleading, in any sense, on any of the above elements.
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