Chipping away at the design

Walkers logo, UK

Walkers logo, UK

Pepsico obviously takes a different tack to international brands than its arch enemy Coca-Cola. Coke is drinks, through and through. Pepsico, owner of the Frito-Lay brand, is also into snacks. But to achieve fast growth internationally it has gone for non-organic growth in many markets – ie, it buys up locals. So then you come back to the typical problem of international branding (see also Unilever/Rexona).

Pepsico: Smiths

Pepsico: Smiths, Australia

It’s worth seeing how the company does this in different countries. First, a brand many a Brit will be familiar with: Walkers Crisps. But if you’re from the UK, would you recognise the other examples here.

Salt & vinegar blood brothers

Salt & vinegar blood brothers

Lays in Greece – believe it or not, I actually found this Lays pack in a shop, slap-bang next to an exported pack of Walkers crisps (chips to you if you’re American). Like this. I’d love to know what their European sales manager would make of that distribution disaster!

Lays (made by mother company Fritolay) from the US:

Source: wikipedia, fair use

Source: wikipedia, fair use

Sabritas from South America:

Mexican "Lays"

Mexican “Lays”

Or the local company in Japan:

Lays, rising sun

Lays, rising sun

Returning to the question: “Would you recognise these crisp cousins?” – I think you would. So despite the separate names, the company is merging brands well. But what comes next? Will they bring the design so close that they can finally merge the brand names? Or will they run into the sort of problems Mars had with Snickers in the UK?

Oh dear, here comes British smuttiness again. Unfortunately, “Lays” has sexual overtones in the English vernacular. So maybe Pepsico will have to leave it at the design level.

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One response to “Chipping away at the design

  1. Hi Alex,

    we talked about the chinese “chips”Logo from “Pepsico”…hier you are:
    we have the same logo in Brazil (and it´s really old)….but I think they took “Lay´s” out of the product range and left the traditional “Ruffles”.
    Best regards,

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