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Kellogg’s commits to providing accessible packaging

Kellogg’s commits to providing accessible packaging
2nd August 2021 Ian Streets

Kellogg’s has announced that it is rolling out what it claims is a ground-breaking solution to provide accessible packaging across its entire range of cereals.
The move follows a partnership which began in 2020 when the RNIB started working with Kellogg’s on what started out as a small trial and an awareness raising exercise, and has since grown into a world-leading project.
The relationship began when Kellogg’s wanted to create a special edition Coco Pops box to mark World Sight Day in 2020. Aware that nine in 10 blind and partially sighted people find it difficult or impossible to read packaging information, their aim was to increase the understanding of sight loss and use the accessible edition as a trial to show what could be achieved in this space.
The original trial, which took place in over 50 Co-op stores across the UK, featured new Coco Pops boxes which not only had braille, larger print and simplified artwork, but also featured a UK-first technology that allows smartphones to detect and playback labelling and allergen information to the user.
The new technology, NaviLens, is similar to a QR code, but can be detected in a fraction of the time from up to three metres away, helping shoppers to find a product, as well as giving them packaging information.
Kellogg’s said the trial was an overwhelming success, with 97 per cent of participants agreeing they would like to see more of these accessibility features available on grocery packaging.
After analysing feedback, Kellogg’s and RNIB quickly recognised that the ability to access pack information digitally, using NaviLens, catered for the needs of everyone with sight loss, rather than just those with specific requirements, such as braille users.
The company announced that from early next year it will be adding NaviLens codes to its entire range of cereal products across the whole of Europe.
Marc Powell, Strategic Accessibility Lead at RNIB, said: “This is a real game changer within the packaging world. It marks a significant step-change in how big brands can put accessibility at the forefront of design and packaging decisions and be a catalyst for change.
“ Important information on packaging can often be in very small print, making it difficult or impossible for people with sight loss to read. Changes like this can provide blind and partially sighted people with vital information for the very first time, giving us the same freedom, independence and choice as sighted customers.
“Designing packaging so that it works for everyone makes complete sense and we hope that other brands will follow Kellogg’s lead in making packaging information more accessible.”

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