Recently I highlighted some new developments from Kellogg and General Mills plus ownership changes coming at Post. Now, Quaker is making the news to begin 2012. Although I haven't seen any news releases or any changes showing up on their website yet, evidence is starting to appear in grocery stores. It appears that most of Quaker's leading cereal brands are going through some significant packaging design changes. Life is getting a fresh new look that is simple but stands out among the competition with its contemporary design. Also, notice that Quaker logo itself on the package is highly refined, giving a look that reinforces the company's heritage. I've also seen some images of some other re-designs, includes Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Packaging is one way for companies to carve out their identity and market position, and this is one of the most impressive design updates I've seen in the cereal industry.
Also, I spotted a new cereal, Whole Hearts. Essentially this is Quaker's version of Cheerios (although it claims to be "lightly sweetened"), but instead of just copying it like all the generic brands have, it comes in heart-shaped pieces with a much clearer message of the heart benefits of oats. Good move from an oats-driven company.