Luxury Beswick packs for Viscount

Burton’s Foods is to re-launch classic biscuit brand Viscount on 1 April, the first major redesign of the brand since its inception in the 1950s, with packaging by Luton consultancy Beswick Design.

The consultancy was appointed to the project after a three-way pitch in September 2004. Industry sources suggest FutureBrand and Tynan Darcy also pitched.

The group’s work encompasses packaging for the existing product, a new range, Viscount Minis – which also launches in April – and a revamp of the brand’s marque.

Burton’s Foods senior brand manager Lorna Merchant says the refresh was prompted by competition from supermarket own-brands and innovations in the sector.

Beswick Design creative director Cris Beswick says consumer research highlighted that the brand was well known, but had a ‘tongue- in-cheek’ positioning.

The group was briefed to raise the brand’s profile and position it as ‘an occasional luxury treat’.

Mint and orange biscuits have been encased in ‘sleeker packaging’, with a focus on ingredients, he adds, while Viscount Minis will come in ice cream-sized tubs.

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