Sainsbury’s Logo

sainsburys logo

The logo of the second oldest food retailer in the UK is simple and clear, and this is the reason why it appeals to customers who visit the retailer’s numerous stores across the country.

Meaning and History of the Sainsbury’s Logo

sainsburys logo history

Sainsbury’s has been in trading business since 1869. A married couple John James Sainsbury and his wife rented a store in one of the poorest streets of London and offered good food at low prices. They established the company that was named after its founder. By 1922 it had become the largest retailer of groceries in the UK.

Almost 150 years have passed, and Sainsbury’s has a chain of supermarkets consisting of over 1200 stores, which means the second place among supermarket companies in the United Kingdom.

Over such a long period of time Sainsbury’s corporate symbol hasn’t changed much. It has always consisted of just one wordmark representing the company’s name. There have been a couple of modifications, though.

The 1960-1999 Emblem

Sainsbury’s emblem

It was the word “Sainsbury’s” written in all uppercase typeface of orange colour. The fronts of the stores and various fascias featured the title “J Sainsbury” as a rule.

Current Symbol

Sainsbury’s Symbol

In 1999 customers saw a new logo. The creative agency M&C Saatchi developed it as well as the font, the new slogan and the new staff uniforms. They changed the all-caps style of the 1960s into a rounded, upper-and-lower typeface version and made the logo look friendlier.

The logo of 1999 is still used on store fronts. For the purposes of advertising another version was introduced in 2013 ‒ the same wordmark but paired with a horizontal wavy line underneath which looks like a hint to a wide range of goods available at the supermarkets of the retailer.

Sainsbury’s logo is often accompanied by slogans. At different times they were different. Thus, in 1999 the brand statement was “Making life taste better”. In 2005 they switched over to “Try something new today”. Today their slogan is “Live well for less”. The slogans are placed in the bottom line and are usually handwritten.

Colour

sainsburys logo

Sainsbury’s emblem has always been orange. This colour is defined as “living orange” and implies confidence and cheerfulness. Though, when it was unveiled it was met with some controversy. There was even a case when residents of a coastal town in Essex expressed their concerns about Sainsbury’s orange logo and the retailer had to reconsider the plans to open a store in that town.

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