Maltesers Reindeer – 10 Years of Success!

Christmas is a time for fun – but it’s also extremely competitive, with very few NPD concepts ever becoming Christmas classics.

So we’re incredibly proud to celebrate the Maltesers Reindeer’s 10th year of success!

We’d love to share the inspiring story of how we helped the team at Mars create the little guy …

How We Got Involved …

Back in the dark, recessionary days of 2008-9, Mars’ Seasonal Team challenged us to help them disrupt the Easter self-treat category.

We kicked off an insight-led Innovation Sprint where we gathered insights, brainstormed, crafted concepts & co-created with super-consumers – and after a few weeks of intensive work, the MaltEaster Bunny was born.

Within a couple of years the Bunny was a run-away success…

Keen to replicate the process – a new Seasonal Team at Mars challenged us to help them repeat the magic at Christmas.

“Brand Development and I worked together in partnership to bring to market two game-changing NPDs.

Inspiring and leading cross functional workshops and enabling the distillation of fresh insights into concepts and then into compelling finished product briefs – they were a fantastic collaborator with a perfect combination of creative yet practical input.

The NPD we developed enhanced our brands and generated significant and lasting commercial success.”

Category Director, Mars Occasions

How The Maltesers Reindeer Was Created

We Defined Our Challenge

We worked closely with Mars’ team to understand their commercial challenge – but we also used insights gained from consumers to shape the creative process.

We Brainstormed Disruptive Solutions

We didn’t just encourage the team to generate ideas that would surprise & delight consumers – we pushed them to leverage learning from the success of the Bunny – and build on the fun & excitement of the Maltesers master-brand.

We Crafted & Evolved Concepts

Amongst the huge number of ideas generated was the concept of a mischievous reindeer.

After some fast-track filtering & consumer co-creation – he quickly evolved into the MerryTeaser Reindeer.

The rest, as they say, is history!

“Brand Development have a rare and impressive mix of skills: they’re creative, innovative and commercially astute.

 They understand the corporate culture of their clients so always find the right solutions for their innovation needs.

They’ve helped me on several occasions to launch commercially successful NPD – and are a hugely valued business partner.”

Head of Marketing, Seasonal & Gifting Chocolate

Proven Track Record

It’s not just the Maltesers Reindeer & Bunny that keep getting more successful …

Brand Development’s team have helped deliver five New Product of the Year winners,  a Nielsen Top 25 Breakthrough winner – and innumerable products that have gone on to become commercial successes.

We’ve Got Agile Tools To Help You Disrupt

Whatever category you operate in, we have the agile innovation tools you will need.

Actionable Insights

Find out more about our virtual insighting tools here

Disruptive Brainstorming

Find out more about our workshop techniques here

Consumer Co-Creation

Find out more about our co-creation techniques here

Time To Get Agile?

If you’d like more information about projects we have completed for other clients like Nespresso, Optimum Nutrition and Unilever – check them out here

If you’d like to find out how we could help you disrupt one of your markets just give us a call on +44 1491 411272, or connect with David or Joanna via LinkedIn

We custom-build solutions for every client – that deliver brilliant results!