Columbia Marketing International is expanding its Hero labeled apple program, adding snack-sized pouch bags of red delicious, fuji, gala and granny smith varieties.
Previously, the line focused on export markets and depicted a black silhouette of a heroic figure. Now it uses bright, cartoon-like colors and styling, gives the hero a face and has domestic distribution.
The change was done with children in mind, according to the Wenatchee, Wash.-based grower-shipper.
“Before our pencil ever touched paper, a panel of children drove the look and feel of our direction,” Steve Lutz, vice president of marketing, said in a news release. The upgraded pouch line aims to increase buyer interest in the Hero brand.
A related mobile website encourages children to be “everyday heroes” and offers a game, healthy snacking information and a t-shirt.