The efficacy of green package cues for mainstream versus niche brands: How mainstream green brands can suffer at the shelf

Mainstream brands are increasingly introducing environmentally-friendly lines to compete with successful niche "green" brands, but are there unique challenges for mainstream brands that go green? The authors posit that mainstream brands' green offerings can suffer when the environmental-friendliness of the product is promoted through visual cues at the point of purchase.


  • For mainstream brands, customers may equate green qualities with lower performance.
  • Mainstream brands adopting green cues in packaging for their environmentally friendly products may suffer loss of share as a result.
  • Mainstream brands losing share in this scenario will lose it to niche green companies’ products rather than other mainstream competitors.

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