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2023 ADC Awards - Packaging Design

Bee & Bee

Agency Grid Worldwide / Johannesburg + Houtlander / Johannesburg

Client Inverroche



Annual ID


About the Work

Solitary Bees are essential for populating 1/3 of the world’s food crops, however most people don’t know they exist. Unlike the more well-known Honeybee, they don’t live in hives, they live in holes found in nature, but due to human interference, their nesting grounds are fast disappearing. At Inverroche, a premium gin with sustainability at its core, we appreciate that these bees pollinate our Gin’s key ingredient Fynbos, without them we’d all cease to exist. We knew we couldn’t stop the urban sprawl, but we could help alleviate some of its harmful effects. The answer lay in bee hotels. Bee hotels were developed to mimic Solitary Bee’s natural nesting grounds, and we found an innovative way to incorporate them into our packaging. Introducing the Inverroche Bee&Bee. Packaging that houses both our gin, and once reassembled and hung outdoors Solitary Bees too. Enabling consumers to provide Solitary Bees with safe new homes in theirs. We took a rigorous prototyping journey to develop a unit that’s sturdy in both its gin packaging and Bee hotel forms. Tough enough to house our gin and withstand a retail environment, yet simple enough for your average person to take apart and reassemble as a bee hotel. Glue, varnish and paints deter bees and affect its biodegradability, so we created a peg assembly and used laser engraving instead of printing. Each Bee&Bee was made with multiple sized holes to accommodate various species of Solitary Bee. Every panel of the Bee&Bee served a purpose, the back panel was used to educate people about Solitary Bees, and the top and bottom panels could be repurposed as coasters. In our first production run we had provided accommodation for 672,000 very appreciative little occupants. And we expect a further few million more in phases two and three.

2023 Awards

Total Points: 21



Grid Worldwide / Johannesburg

Production Company

Houtlander / Johannesburg

Art Director

Kyle Schoeman

Chief Creative Officer

Nathan Reddy

Executive Creative Director

Clinton Bridgeford

Executive Producer

Hazel Neuhaus


Kim Solomons


Nikki Erasmus

Account Manager

Bonginkosi Nkonyane

Biodiversity Researcher

Chevonne Reynolds

Business Unit Director

Deen Woodman

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