Sun-Maid shines on innovation, shows the whole fruit’s possibilities as the company commits to the imagination

Sun-Maid‘s imagination has already transformed the humble raisin into a range of whole fruit-based snacks that are delicious and better-for-you. And while the quest to invent new whole fruit snacks continues, the iconic raisin brand is now bringing imagination to life through a company-wide commitment.

As part of the new “Imagine That” campaign, Sun-Maid will appoint it’s first “Board of Imagination,” pulling together some of its newly-titled research and development department, insights team and executives with the most imaginative minds – kids.

As its first order of business, Sun-Maid’s Board of Imagination will grant its employees a paid company holiday: “Imagination Day.” Sun-Maid’s Imagination Day will take place on April 30, which is also National Raisin Day, when Sun-Maid will encourage staff to take part in an activity that will enrich their thinking and enhance their creativity.

“Imagination has always been at the heart of Sun-Maid’s purpose – we nurture childhood and help Mom find new, better-for-you snacking options that provide both the health benefits that she wants and the delicious tastes that her kids crave,” said Harry Overly, President & CEO – and newly-named “Chief Imagination Wrangler” of Sun-Maid Growers of California. “Now it’s time to demonstrate how dedicated we are to the imagination – not just in creating innovative snacks, but as a core value for how we operate and work every day.”

Starting in February, parents will have the opportunity to nominate kids ages 6-12 for one of five open seats on Sun-Maid’s Imagination Board. As board members, kids will learn about Sun-Maid’s 100+ year history as a growers’ cooperative, how raisins are made, sustainability practices and how Sun-Maid transforms whole fruit raisins into innovative snacks.

The group will also provide input to guide future decision-making at the company. Applications will be available in February, and families will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire on the Sun-Maid website to apply. Each child will receive US$5k/£3.6k for themselves in the form of a 529 donation, and US$5k/£3.6k to go to their school. The kids’ schools will also enjoy a year’s supply of Sun-Maid snacks. The Board of Imagination will convene virtually in April for its first meeting.

At the April meeting, the Board of Imagination members will officially approve Imagination Day and help suggest a list of activities employees can use as inspiration for how to use the time off. Employees will be asked to report back to their manager with ideas and creativity that grew from the time away.

“Imaginations have never been so important – new routines, ways to entertain the kids, multitask, make meals and constantly manage the requests for snacks – 2020 tested us and showed the value of creativity,” commented Overly.

“It’s crucial that we give each other space and time to nurture imaginations, which is one of our most important assets. Not only are we planning to give our employees paid Imagination Day in 2021, but we are encouraging other companies to do the same. Just imagine what a day to recharge and find inspiration would yield – not only in employee morale but in actual creativity.”

Consumers will see Sun-Maid’s commitment to the imagination with a new national TV spot and 360-marketing campaign that highlights the imaginative, whole-fruit snacks that Sun-Maid creates every day. The multi-pronged creative campaign spans national television, streaming video, social, search, PR and influencers.

“Our creative campaign showcases Sun-Maid’s imaginative world of whole-fruit snacks – like Sour Raisin Snacks and Bites – all made possible by the humble raisin,” said Overly. “We worked in conjunction with our agency partner quench, to visually realize the innovative process we go through to keep our snacks with whole-fruit at the core, wrapped in new flavour possibilities.”

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