From Go-To to Heaps Normal, Bluey to Oodie: Interbrand AUNZ reveals 2021’s 10 Breakthrough Brands
Plus 12 ‘Ones to Watch’ in region’s second-ever Breakthrough Brands report
Australia, Monday 30 August: Interbrand has today revealed the 10 Australian and New Zealand brands with the potential to become global icons in the region’s second-ever annual Breakthrough Brands report.
Zoë Foster-Blake’s skincare brand Go-To – which last week sold a controlling stake to BWX for $89 million – oversized wearable blanket The Oodie, adored animated dog Bluey, and alcohol alternatives Lyre’s and Heaps Normal have all been deemed Breakthrough Brands.
Airwallex, the cross-border payment unicorn, New Zealand-based B Corp broker Sharesies, social media linking tool Linktree, and ‘the Spotify of corporate education’ Go1 round out the list.
Interbrand Australia and New Zealand CEO Nathan Birch said: “We’ve unearthed a diverse group of amazing local brands that have the potential to become global icons. The report is a real testament to the calibre of innovators and entrepreneurs across Australia and New Zealand.
“Some of the brands will be familiar to you, some will be new, but all are incredibly exciting, and experiencing tremendous growth. There’s FMCG, skincare, dairy, media, and recycling brands. There’s even headphones, cow collars, and sex toys. But the common thread is that each brand is challenging norms and creating new ones.”
Heaps Normal, the non-alcoholic beer brand, was listed as One to Watch in last year’s inaugural report, which featured the likes of Atlassian, Canva, F45, and Xero as Breakthrough Brands. This year, Heaps Normal has graduated to become a Breakthrough Brand after a rapid rise.
Birch added: “I couldn’t be more delighted to recognise and celebrate the brand’s 12 months of incredible growth. Heaps Normal is a phenomenon that’s only going to get bigger and bigger.”
Three key themes emerge from the branding consultancy’s report, across both the Breakthrough Brands and Ones to Watch lists: Successful brands are tapping into wellness, empowering customers, and many are making alternatives (alcohol, meat, milk, and banking, to name a few) mainstream.
The report’s launch is supported by a Breakthrough Brands podcast mini-series, featuring conversations with Go-To’s CMO Leonie Faddy, Normal’s Creative Director George Howes, Up’s Head of Product Anson Parker, and Heaps Normal’s Head of Brand Pete Brennan. The four episodes will drop throughout the week on DDB Group’s podcast Advent.
2021 Breakthrough Brands
(in alphabetical order)
The end of DIY as we know it
The cross-border payment tech unicorn
The true blue pup taking over the world
The Spotify of corporate education
The iconic skincare company founded by Zoë Foster-Blake
• Heaps Normal
The non-alcoholic beer promoting mindful drinking
The social media linking tool making everyone a publisher
The alcohol alternative making a big splash with 0% spirits
The New Zealand-based, B Corp broker championing all investors
• The Oodie
The wearable blanket enveloping millions
Ones to Watch
(in alphabetical order)
The solar powered cow collars revolutionising farming
• Karma Cola
The cola company making the world a better place, and selling in over 20 countries
• Minor Figures
The alternative milk B Corp beloved by baristas
The sex toy brand by Eucalyptus taking an educational and empowering approach to pleasure
The audio brand creating a next-level listening experience
The on-demand ‘safety service’ app
The platform providing alternative commentary during live sports events, from fans, influencers and athletes
The share trading app democratising trading and moving into superannuation
The neobank making finance fun and accessible
• Vow Food
The meat alternative redefining what we eat through methods like using zebra cells to create new, lab-based menu options
• Zero Co
The challenger cleaning brand committed to bettering the world
• Method Recycling
The award-winning, beautifully designed bins diverting waste from landfill
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