The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) has officially released its second white paper on “The Impact of High-Visibility Enhancements on Shelf Presence.” This second white paper, based on a study conducted by the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University, examines an unknown brand of disposable single-serve coffee packaging that was created specifically for the study – Zapotec – and compares it to name brand packaging on a retail shelf. The Zapotec packaging was studied in three iterations, with both a control and an enhanced package: a printed Zapotec package and stamped red emblem; a printed package with a red metallic foil emblem; and the same printed package with a gold metallic foil emblem.

Using eye-tracking devices that track actual pupil movement, the study analyzed how long it took the 180 participants to find a package on a shelf and how long the participants fixated on an item. As one example of study results, the printed “red bird control” Zapotec carton was placed on the shelf next to well-known brands, such as Maxwell House, Gevalia, Donut Shop, Green Mountain and Eight O’Clock. The unenhanced carton was second to last in “Time to First Fixation” – or time until the participants’ attentions were focused on the cartons. However, when the enhanced Zapotec carton with a red foil stamped emblem was placed alongside the same known brands, the Zapotec carton rated second overall in Time to First Fixation. This is a significant difference, as the unknown brand rated higher than Maxwell House, Eight O’Clock, and Donut Shop in attracting consumer attention quickly.

The white paper also includes purchasing data from the study. These results also were positive, showing the gold foil stamped cartons attracted consumer attention that led shoppers to purchase the unknown coffee brand just as often as name brands Maxwell House and Green Mountain Coffee and more frequently than Eight O’Clock.

To receive a copy of the 10-page white paper, contact Jeff Peterson. The full white paper is free to current FSEA members. Additional studies and white papers will be out soon from FSEA. The support of the FSEA membership makes this all possible.

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