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In the new food revolution the market for organic, functional, healthy brands is supercharged. Natural brands are going mainstream. Desires for better-for-you brands have never been higher. Truth never more relevant. Taste never more important. Brand and packaging never more paramount.

We’re a design-driven branding agency that aligns food brands with today’s generation. We help find the sweet spot between disruption and relevance… the strategic position and narrative that gives a brand the biggest opportunity for growth.

Natural brand intelligence, creative thinking and smart design are our catalyst. Simplify and amplify, our mantra. Our process is thoughtful and uncomplicated, just like our account management style. As brand and package design experts, we’ve partnered with leading retailers to reinvent private label brand systems, energized legacy brands with new relevance, and helped niche natural brands broaden their appeal.

Simply put, we modernize food brands to improve performance at the shelf and beyond.

Crafting better brands takes a specific focus and skillset. Our services align under four pillars designed specifically to help modern food brands thrive.

CPG Brand Strategy

Methodical analysis and creative intelligence lead us to the insights and strategies that help brands endure and prosper in the aisle. Services: Research, Competitive Analysis, Category Audit, Brand Audit, Brand Positioning, Consumer Persona Profiles, Design Pathways

Brand Narrative

The best brands speak with a clear and compelling voice. Our written word helps brands to be functional and memorable at the moment of truth. Services: Tone of Voice, Brand Story, Tagline, Creative Messaging, Naming, Elevator Pitch, Manifesto, Content Optimization

Brand Design

Design has significant power at the shelf. We use it to help food brands elevate taste perceptions, build equity, and drive trial. Services: Brandmark, Package Design, Brand Book, Imagery Style, Iconography, Color Systems, Art Direction

Brand Activation

With an obsessive attention to detail, we refine and develop key assets to ensure brands roll out with integrity and effectiveness. Services: Presentations, Tradeshow, Website Design, Production, Print, POP, Collateral, Brand Video, Social Media, Content Creation

We’re a group of level-headed boundary pushers… easy going, yet dead serious about building and evolving brands who make a difference.

David Edmundson

David Edmundson Partner, Executive Director

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David Edmundson, Partner, Executive Director

David co-founded Freshmade in 2010 to help energize brands through disruptive design. As Partner and Executive Director at Freshmade, he leads brand development overseeing strategy, positioning, narrative and concept development. With more than 20 years’ experience, David has been engaged by some of the world’s biggest brands, with his work featured in over 30 design publications. He has been named among GDUSA’s “People To Watch.” Through a thoughtful and measured approach, David has helped clients like Publix, Walmart, Gillette, Dial, SC Johnson and Newell Rubbermaid realize new growth and opportunity. David holds a BFA in Communication Arts & Design from the University of Florida.

Russ Martin

Russ Martin Partner, Creative Director

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Russ Martin, Partner, Creative Director

As co-founding Partner and Creative Director, Russ leads the creation of ideas and work at Freshmade. As an award-winning creative director with more than 15 years’ experience, Russ helps brands find the balance between breakthrough design and effectiveness, using a hands-on and detail-specific approach. He’s served a diverse consumer packaged goods client base, including Publix GreenWise, Walmart, ConAgra, Gillette, Dial, Variety Pet Foods, Village Farms, Cavit Wines and Sunset Produce, among others. Before becoming a creative, Russ had a distinguished naval career navigating some of the world’s most powerful combat vessels. His unique balance of Southern charm and relentless focus gives him the ability to thoughtfully create transformational work for clients.

Vanessa Doll

Vanessa Doll Partner, Director of Projects & Clients

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Vanessa Doll, Partner, Director of Projects & Clients

As a strategic and creative leader, Vanessa helps spearhead growth for our clients. She came to Freshmade by way of LPK in Cincinnati, where she spent many years as senior project manager on P&G brands, such as Always, Pampers, and Vicks. She also led client services for Coty Beauty, helping brands like Wella and Clairol and worked on Pringles, Kellogg’s, and Anheuser-Busch. Since joining Freshmade, she has overseen all of our client relationships, from Mastronardi Produce to Publix. Between her dual master’s degree in Writing Theory and Pedagogy from DePaul University and experiences as a sailboat racer and bar owner, Vanessa brings well-rounded intelligence and determination to everything she does.

Hillary Zhu

Hillary Zhu Senior Project Manager

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Hillary Zhu, Senior Project Manager

As project manager, Hillary ensures all our projects run smoothly and that clients have a great experience working with Freshmade. She comes to us by way of Landor Associates in Cincinnati, where she worked on a range of food and beverage brands, including Ritz Crackers, Planters Peanuts, Sour Patch Kids, Gevalia Kaffe, Capri Sun, Crystal Light and MiO. Additionally, she managed the client relationship for P&G’s Global Air Care business, including Febreze and Ambi Pur. Hillary graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she majored in business management. With a background in market research, Hillary brings strategic expertise to every Freshmade project.

Elayane Merriwether

Elayane Merriwether Social Media Manager

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Elayane Merriwether, Social Media Manager

Elayane is pure hustle. Her passion for social media is evident in the endless enthusiasm she brings to trendscaping and hunting down strategic opportunities that set her clients apart. With a B.A. in Writing and Business Management from University of Central Florida, Elayane has managed influencers and paid campaigns for brands such as Pure Barre, Del Monte, Heineken, Hershey’s, and Bolthouse Farms. For those lucky enough to experience her contagious energy and her confident nature, it comes as no surprise that she was a spin instructor before entering the creative industry.

Lisa Neal

Lisa Neal Art Director

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Lisa Neal, Art Director

Lisa is a firm believer that food is a language we all share, and her passion for working with food brands is evident in her unique, flavor-forward design language. In her 10-year tenure in the industry, Lisa has worked with clients of all scale, including Publix, Volvo Trucks, Sunset, and Pepsi Cares. Her ability to spark brands to life across myriad touchpoints is a direct result of a wide range of expertise–from brand identity development to digital content. A bona-fide foodie, even her hobbies entail photographing and styling food at her in-home studio.

Joe Baum

Joe Baum Senior Designer

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Joe Baum, Senior Designer

Joe brings his technical expertise and enthusiasm for problem-solving to the creative process at Freshmade. With 8 years of experience across multiple industries and design touchpoints, Joe’s passion is helping clients optimize their visual language. Prior to joining Freshmade, Joe was a visual designer on a nimble crew at Citrix, helping tech and executive teams with design. He found his start in design at Sandals Resorts International, branding and concepting restaurants for multiple flagship locations. When Joe isn’t flexing his typography skills, you’ll find him working on graphic tee illustrations.

Carina Giacomelli

Carina Giacomelli Multimedia Designer

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Carina Giacomelli, Multimedia Designer

Carina is part of our in-house food studio at Freshmade. She’s a multimedia ninja and food whiz helping coordinate recipe shoots, plus preparing, propping and styling dishes for digital experiences like photo and video. Prior to joining Freshmade, Carina was creative lead at Hatchery, an online marketplace for artisanal ingredients, spearheading the development and photography of more than 200 recipes. Carina graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in New York, majoring in Design and Technology. Fun fact: As an assistant designer in New York, she helped develop special effects costumes for Victoria Secret fashion shows.

Ali Redmond

Ali Redmond Photographer/Stylist

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Ali Redmond, Photographer/Stylist

In college, Ali stocked up on cookbooks rather than textbooks, and had a dream of attending culinary school as a would-be chef. She ended up enrolling in Univ. South Florida’s Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate program, and realized through her love of food styling and photography that she’d rather be in a studio than a restaurant kitchen. She built her career shooting weddings before she eventually dove into food photography for the restaurant and hospitality industry, including working for The Ritz Carlton and Eau Spa. Her incredible ability to ideate, style, shoot, and edit food photography makes her an integral member of our in-house studio team.

Amber Paine

Amber Paine Senior Designer

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Amber Paine, Senior Designer

Amber brings an intense focus and clear vision to every project she works on. Her extensive hands-on experience in strategic brand building has helped brands like Bear Naked Granola, Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery, Beyond Good Chocolate (formerly known as Madécasse), Manitoba Harvest, and Rhythm Superfoods break through the clutter of a crowded natural foods marketplace. Her versatile illustration skills bring a unique and ownable quality to many of the different brands she has designed for. Her love for natural foods extends past her career… as a pescatarian for more than 10 years, her favorite hobbies are cooking and exploring new cuisines.

Maria Davila

Maria Davila Designer

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Maria Davila, Designer

Maria’s passion for design spans across multiple disciplines. She began by studying industrial design in her home country of Venezuela, and then came to earn a degree in graphic design at Broward College. She even had her own clothing brand and flourished in fashion design, as well. Her can-do attitude and problem-solving instincts make her an essential part of the team. When she’s not doing the photography retouching or animation for Sunset social media, she’s helping our team bring work across the finishing line with design extensions and finalizing critical details prior to production for clients like Southern Specialties and Publix.

Kaylee Brown

Kaylee Brown Project Manager

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Kaylee Brown, Project Manager

Kaylee cut her teeth in the communications industry at a young age by being the only H.S. student to be admitted to ‘The Agency’ in University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. There, she worked with Orangetheory, Bolay, OMI Nutrition, and other clients helping to lead public relations campaigns and working as an account manager over the course of four years. A signature personality trait, Kaylee knows what she wants and fearlessly pursues it. Her passion for project management led her to Freshmade, where she has helped our rapidly growing team adapt to resourcing and trafficking, an updated project management system, and quickly-moving deadlines. She lives with her new husband in Pompano Beach.

Our team has extensive experience working with some of the biggest CPG and private label brands out there.

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