Findus is a major food supplier in Sweden. They produce a large variety of prepared meals and products that can be turned into meals in a matter of minutes, including canned goods, jellies, jams, vegetables and fruits. The frozen food is where they excel in particular.
The company as it is now has been founded in 1945, although there have been factories with the same purpose in the same location in the past. The word ‘Findus’ is derived from the Swedish word for ‘fruit industry’ – ‘fruktindustry’. They just abbreviated the parts and came up with this short name.
The initial logo was a green shield figure that had ‘Findus’ written in capital letters over its top section. The letters were white with red shades behind them. In addition to that, they put a white rectangle onto the middle section. Inside, they’ve wrote something to the effect of ‘pea-household’, which referred to the main product they made back then.
In 1958, they instead opted for a plain red rectangle with the company name written over it. They chose white again and actually used the same sort of serif as before (with some minor alterations).
In 1971, they introduced a white flag-like shape with a thin black outline. In the middle of the ‘flag’ section, they included a similar red shape, which in turn held the company name. This time, they opted for a softer, more even sans-serif script.
In 1987, they decided to surround the red inlay with a white outline and another, slimmer black line. The letters inside were now much sharper and turned to being a serif style again. Additionally, they were tilted to the right a bit.
It’s the same logo, although here only the red section and its outlines remain.
By 2005, the form was transformed into a more pear-like shape. In terms of coloring, they added a yellow glint to its left side. Text-wise, they simply scaled down the sharpness.
In 2011, they elongated the pear, removed the yellow glint from it and added two outlining strokes alongside its perimeter – one blue on top and one green in the bottom.
The 2014 logo basically got rid of everything except the red element and the text inside. The only addition featured red extensions on both sides that left the blank space between them and the ‘pear’.
There were several periods when Findus branding was awkwardly united with the branding of two other European frozen food companies – namely, Iglo and Birds Eye. This happened when the 2011 logo was in use, and for some reason both of these other brands used the same logo, but with their own inscriptions.