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JDO redesigns Grand Marnier Cordon Jaune

Parisian Flair

The entry point for new consumers

JDO Brand Design & Innovation has been working with premium French spirits company Grand Marnier to update its Cordon Jaune Triple Sec variant.

The iconic Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge has changed little in the past with an unrivalled blend of fine cognac and high quality orange essence. In Europe it's often associated with gastronomy, while in the US mainly with cocktails, where it enjoys the revered position of being the most premium orange liqueur used in triple sec based cocktails.


  • Client: Grand Marnier
  • Year: 2015
  • Location: Global
  • Categories: 2D, Brand Identity, Production

Cordon Jaune, a clear triple sec that competes alongside standard triple sec brands, is less well known. Its yellow-based presentation lacked the quality and premium cues that consumers expect and associate with Grand Marnier.

The creative challenge was to make Cordon Jaune the key entry point for new consumers to Grand Marnier. JDO’s approach focused on considering all design elements to increase contemporary and premium cues, and built on the French elegance and Parisian flair of the brand, whilst respecting its fabulous heritage and the evolutionary nature of the brief.

The resulting design is a carefully crafted and detailed update of the Cordon Jaune bottle, that adds modernity and quality whilst retaining Grand Marnier's recognizable face. The ribbon and seal have been retained as important and recognisable equities, and the label substrate and print has been upgraded to improve quality. Additionally, communication of the brand’s provenance, Paris, France is enhanced and the key colourways of Cordon Jaune are optimised to enhance premium cues.


Previous Design

The redesign of both a global and French icon was an amazing task for a UK agency to be trusted with. We are really proud of our role to help Grand Marnier become relevant to its discerning consumer base once again.
Ray Smith, Creative Director, JDO.
JDO took on the challenge to redesign our Cordon Jaune brand with excellent results. Grand Marnier Cordon Jaune now has a bottle design befitting its iconic status.
Isabelle Seguin, international group marketing manager at Grand Marnier

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