Julie’s, the eponymous biscuit brand founded 35 years ago, has emerged with new confidence and a spirit of hope. To celebrate her new look and message of rejuvenation, a series of teasers and a short film titled Operation Maybe, have been produced to give insight into this iconic brand’s milestone evolution.
Julie’s Iconic Biscuit – The Story Behind The Brand
Julie’s is an international, award-winning biscuit brand sold in 80 countries across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Founded in Melaka, Malaysia and marketed as Julie’s since 1985, the brand undertook its milestone rebranding campaign in 2020. The original blonde Julie, a household icon, has been rejuvenated to appeal to today’s consumers. Julie now sports a shorter bob-haircut, red and blue headband with a forward and an upward look of certainty, reinventing her appeal with new generation consumers.
Leading the brand into a robust global expansion is Julie’s Director, Tzy Horng Sai, in collaboration with Julie’s founding team and new generation talent. The brand aims to build on it successful heritage and expand its appeal to newer, aspirational and younger customers by accelerating its digital distribution.
Through its vibrant new packaging, the message of hope, confidence and empowerment, the brand will be undertaking a series of digital marketing initiatives in partnership with award-winning creative agencies.
Julie’s Iconic Biscuit – Operation Maybe
On 1st January 2021, Operation Maybe, featuring an ensemble of veteran, award-winning and emerging Malaysian cast including Indi Nadarajah, Fabian Loo, Amanda Ang and Bella Rahim will be rolled out on Julie’s YouTube, Social Media and digital platforms.
Conceptualised and produced by the award-winning agency, GOVT, the content tugs on heart-strings as it aims to show the challenges of preserving a heritage brand, management of employee feedback and actual responses from Julie’s consumers, all with the hope of drawing a laugh or two.
Julie’s Director, Tzy Horng Sai. “We felt after 35 years, Julie’s needed some rejuvenation. For the longest time, we were kind of just…there. Seen, but not necessarily heard. We wanted to change that. Julie’s will always be Julie’s. We still hold the values that have made us who we are today. But now, we want to shout it out to the world. We want to be bold and thought-provoking, to bring a little optimism to the everyday. It’s a change we believe our loyal fans will be on board with, and one we hope will attract new ones too. Taking a plunge into something new isn’t just something we’ve done, it’s something we hope to inspire others to do too. In partnership with GOVT, we believe these short films capture Julie’s new personality.”
Sai emphasised that with the new look and bright packaging, Julie’s fans will not be disappointed with what they discover enclosed in the animated, vibrant new wrapper. The brand’s signature selection of biscuits from Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Love Letters and Le-mond Cream Puff Sandwiches are still lovingly baked to perfection using original recipes that are free of artificial colouring and preservatives.
“Our commitment to the highest food safety standards is paramount. We source only the finest raw ingredients that undergo a rigorous process to deliver the tastiest treats to our consumers. Recipes passed down to our bakers over three and half decades are carefully preserved, and we are proud of the products that have become a symbol of love,” said Sai.
Julie’s Iconic Biscuit – Giving Back
Corporate Social Responsibility is a big part of Julie’s commitment to giving back. A series of initiatives, including “The Best of You” and “Share the Love” movements have been successfully rolled out to engage with the grassroots directly.
Find out more about Julie’s biscuit selection, rebranding campaigns, business philosophy and CSR efforts here.
Malaysia and Singapore are the first two markets to enjoy the new packaging. Distribution of the new Julie’s to the remaining international markets will be rolled out in phases from the beginning of 2021.