Fanta has been around a long time. Since the days of the second world war in fact. When it was initially launched, it was just a means of covering a small European niche because Coca-Cola itself was in short supply all-over war-ravaged Europe, way back in the early 1940s.
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However, with time, Fanta went on to become the second biggest brand under the Coca-Cola umbrella. And it has grown and evolved over the years not just in terms of flavor and the Fanta logo itself, but also, its target market. From being a wartime drink for soldiers, it has shifted focus to the trendy young teenager market while retaining the interest it had always invoked in its primary target market.
The Bottle and The Logo
Fanta had always made it a point to differentiate on the basis of taste and color. But it went a bit further and created a funky twisted bottle that was its very own take on the differentiation factor that set it apart from its more regular and mundane competition.
In its continued efforts to turn its USP (unique selling proposition) to an SCA (sustainable competitive advantage, the brand has never really stopped evolving. This way it has been saved from the inevitable stagnation that has been the bane of its competitors.
Fanta believes in the age-old adage: Eye view is buy view.” This is precisely why it’s all-new bottle gives it a truly unique look that has been expressly designed to ‘catch the eye’ of the buyer.
The Fanta logo has been similarly redesigned as well. In fact, this year, Fanta enthusiasts from all over the world will really get to enjoy the ice cold and refreshing favorite drink with an entirely new and fascinating twist. Yes, the good people at Fanta have not only changed the taste of this globally acclaimed beverage, but they have gone even further.
That is they have changed both the logo and the shape by creating a fanta’stic’ new bottle that has a has been endowed with a ‘one of a kind shape.
Switching from The Old To The New
This is not exactly a subtle change in their logo. On the contrary, the marketers at Fanta headquarters have really gone to town with their original logo design and have switched from their usual ‘lower case and well-rounded text’ to bigger and bolder upper case ‘hand-cut paper’ style of typography.
Another fun feature that enables the Fanta logo to stand out is the ‘smiley face’ that has been creatively weaved into the letter “A.” this gives the whole logo (and by extension the brand itself) a playful look in a really elusive way. Apart from that, the colors have also been given a ‘touch up’ of sorts. And they have now been updated to a much brighter version of the original drink. This change has been made keeping in mind the fact that Fanta is a unique drink that targets not just the multicultural youth of today’s Generation Z. But at the same time it also ‘aspire to inspire’ the core energetic spirit in all the youngsters of the world.
The design team of the brand did not just pick this shape and logo out of a hat. On the contrary, they took their time to come up with this brand-new logo and shape. In fact, it took them all of two years before they got their logo designed ‘just right.’
Creating a Brave New World
As far as the bottle is concerned, it ushers in a brave new world. Especially keeping in mind the fact that this unique bottle and logo has gone against the more traditional and symmetric designs that dominate the cold beverages industry, as a whole. The designer, Gregory Bentley believed that it was time to raise the bar and break out of the shackles of conventionalism. This is why he tried a hand at being completely different and in the process created a shape that has become a trendsetter for the whole industry.
The ‘Fanta’ brand is second only to Coca-Cola itself in terms of age, and it is currently available in around one hundred different flavors all across the world. This logo and shape have a dual purpose. It has to maintain ‘Fanta’s brand value’ by creating synergy between the old and the new designs so that the new one can really take off from where the ‘old’ left off.
The new one is now already available in certain select countries in Europe including Poland, Romania Italy, Serbia, and Malta. This newly designed logo has been crafted to create a sense of excitement amongst the younger audiences while the different taste will tantalize their taste buds.
The ultimate aim of the new logo is to attract the younger generation and at the same time retain the dynamics of the old taste, shape, and logo so that it will not alienate the many generations of people who have been enjoying this really refreshing drink from their childhood to their old age.
The new logo retains a sense of continuity with the old one, and at the same time it also stands out amongst the many other drinks on the shelf so that the consumer pauses and takes a look and buys the product.