BE-KIND is a food company based in New York City that produces healthy snacks such as whole nuts, fruit granola bars and healthy grains. Founded in 2004 by Daniel Lubetzky, the company’s mission is to inspire and celebrate kindness through the way people live, eat and relate to one another. The company currently offers 8 lines of snack bars and its products are sold at more than 150,000 stores in the United States alone.
BE-KIND entered the China market in early 2019 with healthy and tasty snacks made of 60%+ nuts, rich protein and fiber, with no artificial additives. It’s a nutritious snack choice for an afternoon tea break, pre-workout or just when grabbing a convenient breakfast on the go. BE-KIND’s snack bars currently retail in China on the brand’s official T-mall and JD e-commerce stores and will soon be heading to offline channels.
BE-KIND is more than a name – it’s a brand ethos, and a call to action. But no single Chinese word can express the many messages of kindness that “BE-KIND” embodies. Labbrand, the leading China-originated global brand consultancy, came together with the BE-KIND team to solve this question through the creation of an official Chinese brand name.
The brand selected the name 缤善 [bīn shàn]: 缤 [bīn] denotes colorful variety, and 善 [shàn] means kindness. The name is not only representative of the vibrant packaging of BE-KIND’s healthy snack products, but also showcases that kindness can change the world. Together, this playful name highlights the logo’s multicolor blocks and also has similar pronunciation to the English name “BE-KIND”.
In April, BE-KIND visited the Labbrand office to officially launch the Chinese name as well as unveil its most recent nut bar flavor, dark chocolate sea salt. The BE-KIND team went on to introduce the company’s background as well as the mission in China, to inspire and celebrate kindness through the way people live, eat and relate to one another.
”The name 缤善 [bīn shàn] not only matches with the various flavors and colorful packaging of BE-KIND’s snack bars, it also highlights the concept of "daily kind acts". Through the name, Chinese consumers can feel the pleasant feeling when delivering acts of kindness, and get the reward of a nutritious snack bar at the same time,” said Labbrand consultant Yiming Du.
BE-KIND’s marketing director Anna Li shared that, “It’s extremely difficult to find an equivalent and powerful name in Chinese for BE-KIND. 缤善[bīn shàn] stood out among all the others for being warm, vibrant, and positive. And Labbrand team has been our most reliable partner along the journey. They have demonstrated strong and accurate insights towards BE-KIND’s ethos, and have been resilient despite the challenges to finally land on a great name. We very much look forward to collaborating with Labbrand in the future and growing the brand together.”
Labbrand is the leading China-originated global brand consultancy with regional operations in APAC (Shanghai, Singapore), Europe (Paris), and North America (New York, Vancouver). We drive forward the positive power of branding. Leading brands on impactful journeys, we create meaningful brand experiences by bringing together excellence in research, strategy, design and verbal identity.
KIND LLC engages in the production and distribution of bars, grains bars, breakfast bars, fruit snacks, and grains clusters. The company is founded in 2004 by Daniel Lubetzky and is based in New York City. It sells its products online, as well as through online retailers. KIND currently offers eight lines: KIND Fruit & Nut, KIND PLUS, KIND Nuts & Spices, KIND Healthy Grains Bars, KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, STRONG & KIND, KIND Breakfast, Pressed by KIND, and KIND Frozen. The company is officially known as BE-KIND in China (outside of North America).