‘The Blue Field’: Kraft’s authentic macaroni and cheese packing containers weren’t actually blue in any respect

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(NEXSTAR) – Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has turn into so synonymous with its packaging that Kraft’s advertising campaigns have lengthy inspired prospects to simply accept no substitute for “the Blue Field.”

It might come as a little bit of a shock then, that the unique packaging wasn’t so blue in any respect.

Kraft Dinner packaging, 1937 (The Kraft Heinz Firm)

Upon its debut in 1937, Kraft’s boxed macaroni and cheese product — then referred to as Kraft Dinner — was primarily yellow, excluding just a few navy sections on the entrance of the field. This coloration scheme remained the usual for practically twenty years (the navy sections had all however disappeared by 1953) till Kraft switched to an earlier model of its now-recognizable blue packing containers, which debuted in 1954.

Kraft Dinner packaging, 1953 (The Kraft Heinz Firm)

Within the years since, Kraft has toyed with different coloration schemes — particularly blue and white, in each the ‘70s and ‘80s — however gravitated again to blue over the past a number of a long time.

“Children need the one within the blue field,” a tv marketing campaign from the ‘90s proclaimed. Different adverts from the period depicted youngsters singing the “Blue Field Blues” at any time when they’ve a hankering for macaroni and cheese.

At present, the corporate nonetheless touts its “iconic” blue packing containers, together with a whole Blue Field product line of over a dozen gadgets.

Kraft Dinner packing containers are seen displayed at a grocery store in 1945. (The Kraft Heinz Firm)

Kraft’s branding techniques seem like working, too. The Kraft Heinz Firm sells tens of millions of packing containers per week, with Canadians consuming the most important share of any single nation. In 2020, Kraft even marketed its macaroni and cheese as “a part of a balanced breakfast,” citing a survey that advised extra mother and father had been prepared to serve macaroni and cheese to their youngsters at breakfast, at the very least throughout the pandemic.

In different phrases, Kraft continues to encourage shoppers across the globe to succeed in for macaroni and cheese at any time of day — as long as it’s the one within the blue field. However, if those self same shoppers occur to succeed in for one more standard model, that’s in all probability OK too: The Kraft Heinz Firm owns Velveeta, which paradoxically markets its Shells and Cheese merchandise in shiny yellow packing containers.

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