5 beverage branding ideas (with examples you can learn from)

Get inspired with these beverage branding ideas. We’ve included real lessons and examples from popular drink brands you can learn from.

Beverage brands compete for the eye of consumers before they can even get to taste. In bars, supermarkets and increasingly online, these types of brands are discovering that unique branding can help them build a fan base that can make them the drink of choice for their target audience.

And there’s more to it than a logo or cute bottle. Beverage brands are able to build communities that revolve around social events, self-improvement and focus, health or even wellness.

Grab your favorite drink and let’s dive into some tasty beverage branding ideas, and why they work.

People hands toasting multicolored fancy drinks

What is a good beverage brand design?

Back in the day, a good brand design for a beverage would be visually appealing, memorable and easily recognizable. Now, you can add ‘Instagrammable’ to the list—an effective beverage brand design means people want to share it.

Another shift that has been made is in the information on the label. People are looking more at the ingredient list, and they appreciate brands that make it easy to understand what’s in there—which is all part of branding and brand tracking.

Last but not least, a beverage brand should not just have pretty bottles, it should have a strong online presence and clear brand messaging as well. And the ones that are really thriving, are those who started to build communities.

What makes beverage brand packaging unique?

Creating a brand is never an easy task, but in a crowded market like the food and beverage industry, it’s even more of a challenge. Here are some factors that are at play.

Conscious consumers

We want to know what we’re really drinking, more than ever before. Brands need to find ways to make ingredient lists easy to read, but also match the brand.

Sustainable packaging, but make it pretty

Consumers don’t want to bring home an excess of plastic just to enjoy their favorite drinks. Brands need to find ways to make their packaging sustainable, but keep it practical. And within budget.

Standing out in a crowded market

If you’re sensitive to screaming colors, don’t stand in front of the drink aisle in the supermarket. There are countless brands out there and new ones easily drown in a sea of color. That makes it harder to build brand recognition.

Meeting regulatory requirements

Beverage packaging and labeling simply have to comply with various regulations, like nutrition information and allergen warnings. That can be a real challenge for creatives.

Creating a consistent image

What looks good on the label doesn’t always translate to online content, but it’s crucial to be recognizable.

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5 beverage branding ideas and examples to inspire you

It’s time to crack open some inspiration- with a strong taste of brand awareness ROI. Get a taste of how these beverage brands have created strong identities, and how that paid off.

1. Torani: a bold beverage that anything but average

A vintage look while renewing the drinks industry

Torani: a bold beverage that anything but average

Torani used Attest consumer research tools for a new product development project—infused energy drinks—and we fell for their brand identity.

Torani produces flavored syrups for the food service industry across the United States and globally. They have created branding and bottles that look good next to your drink—so you’re in no rush to clear the table.

They’ve used a vintage look and bright colors that perfectly match the colorful flavors. The bottles are very Instagrammable, which is a smart marketing tactic in itself.

If you’re thinking of launching a brand with a classic, old-school look, check out our concept testing tools to see if it resonates with your audience.

2. MOMA: humble branding with a focus on ingredients

A humble brand identity that is easy to recognize

MOMA: humble branding with a focus on ingredients

If you think of oat milk, you probably don’t get all hyped up. It’s a humble ingredient, and MOMA is honest about that—and uses it in its branding in this example.

It prides itself in being the craft choice for great baristas, and communicates this with latte art on its packaging. Simple, but smart. You’ll easily recognize that MOMA is a great choice for your matcha, cappuccino or whatever the heck the cool kids are drinking these days.

Working with Attest MOMA gathered metrics around brand awareness, brand sentiment, and purchase intent for the oat milk category. Once the campaign had concluded, MOMA ran the survey again, this time showing the advert creative.

If you’re also looking to measure the effect of individual campaigns (because yes, you can!), check out our brand perception survey and other templates.

Top tip: you can also run creative testing based on competitors’ creatives. If you ask consumers what they like or dislike about successful (or unsuccessful!) products, you can use that brand insight to guide your own strategies.

3. innocent: not-so-innocent copywriting

One of the most authentic brands when it comes to tone of voice

innocent: not-so-innocent copywriting

Smoothie brand innocent is an icon in the world of branding, and they’ve got a great copywriter to thank for that. While the cute and happy-looking bottles are easy to recognize too, the real brand identity of innocent is found when you zoom in: it’s all in the copy.

Want to have some fun? Pick up a bottle and read the fine print. You’ll find puns, sassy commentary on the drinks industry, fun ways the ingredients are explained and even honest yet funny disclaimers on sustainability.

innocent packaging copy

This approach to brand identity seems silly, but it’s super smart. It opens up a world of possibilities for campaigns and other creative ideas for innocent, because it all fits their tone of voice.

4. DRY Soda. Co: a focus on flavor

Clean and clear branding identity that fits the inside

DRY Soda. Co: a focus on flavor

DRY doesn’t leave you guessing about what’s in its drinks, or what isn’t in there. They worked with Attest for a new product development project, and some tasty flavors rolled out.

DRY Soda Co. offers alcohol-free drinks that are bursting with flavor. They are keeping their brand identity clean and clear, just like their drinks. You can instantly see what flavor you’re dealing with and that it’s a headache-free drink.

5. Usual: unusual wine bottles for one

Smart and unique packaging as part of the branding

Usual: unusual wine bottles for one

Are you one of those people that picks a bottle of wine based on how fun the label looks? No judgement here. But there’s a new option in town, and this bottle catches your eye (and heart!) instantly.

Their wines are ‘clean’, with no sugar and minimal intervention—and the bottles reflect that perfectly.

It’s not just the shape—it’s the size that is unusual too. Every bottle holds one large glass of wine, for a reason. Sparkling wines shouldn’t be kept open in the fridge for long—no wine should, really. This packaging design approach therefore also helps consumers to taste Usual wine at its best and keeps it fresh.

Beverage branding tips to create a memorable brand

Got an idea bubbling up for a beverage (re)brand? Here are some pointers to keep in mind.

  • Be consistent: your bottles should match your social media posts. Your website is an extension of your brand. From your logo to your tone of voice, make sure people can recognize it even after they’ve had a few drinks.
  • Tell a story: your beverage is only part of the deal. Include a memorable story in your product strategy to really connect consumers to your brand and weave it into all elements of your branding.
  • Double down on a value to build community: Red Bull is for daredevils, Clipper is for those who like to relax. Do your consumer research and find out what matters to people.
  • Test your branding, regularly: new brands enter the food and beverage industry almost daily. Consumers change their minds all the time. Make sure you run creative tests when launching something new to see whether you’re still on the right track or if you could tweak some graphic elements.

Make drink branding decisions based on data

If you want to build a successful brand, develop your brand based on data. Attest is the way to go and helps you connect with a large enough consumer base to make decisions with confidence.

Check out which brand metrics we can help you measure and reach out to our research experts for tailored guidance on your journey to becoming the next cool company in the beverages aisle. 

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Nick White

Customer Research Lead 

Nick joined Attest in 2021, with more than 10 years' experience in market research and consumer insights on both agency and brand sides. As part of the Customer Research Team team, Nick takes a hands-on role supporting customers uncover insights and opportunities for growth.

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