Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

June 27, 2016

3 Min Read
Fruit cups grow up—so does their packaging

This month, Del Monte launched what it says is the “first-ever adult fruit cup.” The packaging design for the new Fruit Refreshers line uses black and bold colors, bigger cups and grown-up varieties to better satisfy adults looking for a convenient, fresh, healthy and tasty snack.

Del Monte has initially developed two flavors in the line: (1) Pineapple in Passion Fruit Flavored Slightly Sweetened Fruit Water and (2) Mandarin Oranges in Slightly Sweetened Coconut Water. Each variety is 100 calories or less per cup and contains one serving of fruit. The products contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The packaging is free of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).

At 7-ounces, the cups are larger than the typical fruit cups marketed to children and they have a tall, tapered shape. Another difference is these products are sold in a 2-pack multipack instead of the usual 4-pack.

Joanna Komvopoulos, senior assistant brand manager at Del Monte, gives Packaging Digest a few more details about the packaging development and design.

Tell me how the packaging for the new Del Monte Fruit Refreshers speaks to adults rather than kids.

Komvopoulos: From the beginning, we set out to make a fruit cup targeting our adult consumers. Our research indicated that, while kids enjoy our fruit cups, so do adults, yet most of what is in the marketplace today doesn’t target adult needs for more adventurous flavors, larger sizes, and more intriguing and convenient packaging. 

The black packaging caters to the more sophisticated adult consumer and proved to be a clear winner in connoting an adult offering while delivering on our promise for a more unique and elevated fruit snacking experience. Large, cascading fruit photography coupled with a vibrant splash help highlight the unique flavor combinations while also making an impact at shelf.

Bold typography was leveraged to give the package a bit more personality and depict the healthy snack as a bold and refreshing change in the fruit cup aisle with the new fruit cup that’s all grown up.

The cup is not only larger, but it’s a different shape than other fruit cups. Why this particular shape?

Komvopoulos: The cup is larger, 7 ounces versus the typical 4 ounces seen in the category. The larger cup allows a larger amount of fruit, meant for a more adult portion size. The cup is curved which makes it more convenient to hold and gives an update to the classic fruit cup shape.

Why a 2-pack instead of the more typical 4-pack?

Komvopoulos: We know healthy snacking is all about variety. We wanted to give our adult consumers the ability to try all our flavors and mix and match their favorites. Confining them to a traditional 4-pack wouldn’t have allowed for as much flavor exploration.

When did this product line launch and which outlets? Is it in national distribution?

Komvopoulos: Pineapple in Passion Fruit Flavored Fruit Water and Mandarin Oranges in Coconut Water began to ship to retailers everywhere in June with full distribution slated for July.

Where are these products positioned in stores?

Komvopoulos: They are located in the center of the store by canned fruit and other fruit cup options.

Any plans to expand the line with other fruits?

Komvopoulos: This winter we will roll out Grapefruit & Oranges in Pomegranate Flavored Fruit Water and Red Grapefruit in Guava Flavored Fruit Water to join the two existing varieties.


About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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