Zespri Promotes Eating a Kiwi a Day With ‘The Fruit Pillbox’

“Making your daily fruit habit unforgettable.”

Combining modern-day behavioral theory with the concept behind a 190-year-old medicine delivery system, the brand strategy and creative hub Speakeasy has developed a new way to help international kiwi marketer Zespri increase sales of its fruit line.

Consumer research conducted by the brand in its Singapore test market found that while the vast majority of adult respondents — 93% — said they wanted to eat more fruit, more than half of them did not eat fruit daily, mostly because they simply forgot to do so.

Collaborating with The Shed 28, Speakeasy enlisted a customized team from its open talent global network of more than 250 strategists, creatives, and designers to curate and develop a simple, intuitive solution: the Zespri Fruit Pillbox.


 

Rolled out first in Singapore, the Fruit Pillbox packaging is modeled after pill boxes that have long been used for medications and supplements. The packaging has seven compartments labeled from Monday to Sunday, with a Zespri SunGold kiwifruit in each compartment. It is intended to nudge people to eat fruit every day.

Working with packaging specialists PackFora, the Fruit Pillbox is made with recyclable material and vegetable-based ink.  As a commitment to inclusivity, the days of the week are also imprinted in braille, making it accessible to the visually impaired.

In addition to listing the days of the week, one side of the packaging includes a “Why a kiwi a day?” section, with a list of the fruit’s nutritional benefits.


 

According to the brand, initial consumer response has been positive.  Zespri conducted a follow-up survey through a QR code printed on the Fruit Pillbox to track consumer reaction and behavioral changes, and 75% of respondents said the packaging successfully reminded them to eat a kiwi each day.

“People are far more disciplined when it comes to taking their daily medications,” said Marcello Magalhães, Speakeasy founder and chief strategy officer.

“One reason why is a low-tech invention that’s been in use for almost two centuries: the pillbox, which an International Electronic Journal of Medicine study found improves medication adherence by as much as 68%.  We took these insights and developed a simple design idea that is easily recognizable and effectively addresses a historically complex challenge of trying to change human behavior, where billions of dollars were invested with little success.”

“The key to the packaging is its simplicity, using intuitive visual design and a clear, uncluttered aesthetic,” said Marcus Kawamura, Speakeasy partner and chief creative officer.  “The inviting packaging balances innovation with captivation and is informative with attention to detail and functionality.”

Creative in-store POP displays resemble enlarged versions of the Fruit Pillbox, using the same look, branding, and flip-tops to house the packaging. The displays stand out in produce sections, which typically lack examples of creativity and innovation. The launch was also supported by a social media campaign.

“Zespri believes in inspiring positive behavioral change towards a healthier community through the power of remarkable marketing,” said Ng Kok Hwee, general manager, Global Marketing, Zespri. “Inspired by Nudge theory, where consumers are subtly, gently, and repeatedly encouraged to make positive changes in their behavior, the Fruit Pillbox aims to encourage a positive change in the eating habits of consumers, making fruit consumption a seamless and enjoyable part of their daily routine.”


Credits

Client: Zespri International Limited
General Manager, Global Marketing: KokHwee Ng
Head of APAC South: Himanshu Arora
Head of Global Brand Development: Nikos Patiniotakis

Speakeasy:
Chief Strategy Officer, founder: Marcello Magalhaes
Chief Creative Officer, partner: Marcus Kawamura
Independent Copywriter: Raphael Valenti
Independent Designer: Raul Arantes
Independent Editor: Thiago Bueno
Independent Animator: O Jujuba
Independent Audio: Ritmika – Henrique Tanji

The Shed 28:
Co-founder: Rupen Desai
Co-founder: Ranjit Jathanna
Global Marketing Director: Srija Chatterjee

Packaging Production Partner: PackFora
Production Partner: Mint Mena
PR Partner: Peppercomm
Media Partner: Mindshare

 

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