How much of food marketing relies on the packaging? Frito-Lay is about to find out.
Beginning Saturday, the PepsiCo-owned snack marketer will sell three new flavors of its Doritos Jacked tortilla chips in special "mystery" packaging. The mostly silver-colored packs come in three different versions using red, yellow and blue color splashes along with a generic-looking "batch number." The packs reveal very little else about the flavors inside.
Under the program, called "Bold Flavor Experiment," consumers are asked to try all three mystery flavors and vote for their favorite beginning on April 29. The flavor that gets the most votes will be put on shelves in the fall, with normal packaging.
Food marketers more typically plaster their packages with product pitches and visuals. So in essence, Frito-Lay will be testing consumer loyalty to Doritos and its general attributes.
To help things along, though, Doritos is also giving away daily prizes of $1,000 in gold to people who vote at a special website called BoldFlavorExperiment.com. The gold giveaway is meant to play off the origin of Doritos name, which connotes "little bits of gold" in Spanish, according to the brand. ("Dorado" means "golden" in Spanish.)