Gulf Union Original heads back-to-school with a connected boost


Saudi-based juice and beverages producer Gulf Union Foods Co has partnered with creative technology studio Appetite Creative to create a fun and interactive connected packaging experience for its Original juice brand, to give young people a boost at the start of the school year with its fruit juice carton packs.

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The smart packaging campaign utilises a web app based connected experience accessed via QR codes looking to help consumers see Gulf Union’s products as a vital part of their back-to-school preparations.

Appetite Creative worked side-by-side with the Riyadh based agency ABILITY, which managed the media, communication strategies and execution of the campaign.

Users can play two juice themed games designed to entertain and educate by scanning the QR codes across the full range of Original and Zero carton packs.

Juice Punch includes IQ-based challenges where they must organise drinking glasses to contain only one colour.

Juice Run tests player speed and attention as they navigate through various obstacles and challenges collecting juices of the same colour.

The experience also offers shareable selfies where users can adorn themselves with a fruity tiara or turn themselves into a mango.

Juiced up: Gulf Union launches fun new interactive packaging by Appetite Creative.

The games have a leaderboard ranking players to foster friendly competition. The connected packaging campaign runs across the full range of 125ml, 200ml and 250ml carton packs.

“We’re pleased with this great interactive experience symbolising the energetic boost Gulf Union’s juices offered”, said Imad Assi, Head of Marketing Manager at Gulf Union Foods.

“We wanted to create a memorable and exciting experience for our younger consumers kicking off their studies with high energy and enthusiasm”.

Jenny Stanley, Managing Director at Appetite Creative, said: “Back-to-school offers Gulf Union a great moment to connect with customers of all ages.

“We’re seeing brilliant results from tailoring and adapting connected experiences for different times of the year – it’s a great way to ensure connected packaging stays relevant and encourages customers to keep coming back for more”.

Elias El Asmar, Account Director at ABILITY said: “This interactive experience was a great opportunity for the brand to increase its awareness level in the market, while also creating a new experience for both the shoppers and the consumers”.

The web app tracks real-time interaction, such as buying habits, product preferences, average engagement time, location, scan rate, number of visitors, return visitors and social media shares, including GDPR-compliant personal data to enable the brand to optimise its marketing and better understand consumers.