Taxi’sÂ brief was to clean up Koffâs brand architecture, clearly differentiating taste and benefits across core lines. Then, to refresh the core brand identity and pack designs to make them a cool, credible choice for sociable city-dwellers.
Founded in 1819, Helsinkiâs Sinebrychoff is the largest brewery in Northern Europe. First brewed two centuries ago, Koff was the first beer to be delivered by horse; the first distributed to grocery stores and the first to have draughts installed in Finnish bars. Widely recognised as Finlandâs âfirstâ beer, the brand has become a victim of its own success in recent years. Consumers love Koffâs market-leading price but lack brand loyalty for the same reason.
It was Taxi’sÂ job to make the safe choice sexy again. With the growth of the craft and local beer market, premiumisation had become essential. And with the Finnish beer market getting darker in January 2015, theyÂ needed to make the brand iconic and authoritative once more.
Kicking off with a workshop in Helsinki, the design agencyÂ first conceived a new brand personality and brand idea to clarify Koffâs positioning and drive theirÂ creative. From there theyÂ considered which brand equities to keep, grow and get rid of to reassert Koffâs standing as a premium heritage beer.
Jonathan Turner-Rogers, Associate Creative Director, Taxi Studio, explains: âOur redesign focused around bringing Koffâs iconic horses to life; icon illustration expert Chris Mitchell was briefed to bring an attitude and confidence back to the brand while the can design itself was stripped back to basics, and the red refreshed to deliver a modern stylish bold design. The quality and heritage of Koff is clearly defined by the founderâs signature and craft beer credentials. With a new strategy and identity in place for the core Koff brand and line extensions, weâre now working with Sinebrychoff to create suite of exciting sub-brands.â
Johan Jakobsson, Marketing Manager, Sinebrychoff, adds: âWe are delighted with and excited about Taxi Studioâs redesign. Theyâve sensitively evolved our flagship beer, respecting its strong roots and long history, and it now feels fresher than ever. Weâre extremely confident that this iconic new design will help KOFF become a commercial success in 2016 and beyond.â
The new Koff identity launched in stores in November 2015. In line with Koffâs rich sporting tradition, Taxi’sÂ new brandmark will also proudly feature on the jerseys of the Ilves and HIFK ice hockey teams.