GHS labeling requirements include hazard symbols for clear worldwide communication.

Everything You Need to Know About GHS Label Requirements, Guidelines, and Best Practices

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for labeling hazardous chemicals was created to simplify the label…but at the same time, it can make it confusing. That’s because, while GHS is a labeling standard recognized internationally, it’s implemented slightly differently in each country. 

How did it come about? How do you implement it while meeting local standards? Why do some chemical containers need to follow GHS guidelines, and others don’t? Here’s what you need to know to ensure your chemical products are labeled correctly. Read more

Tamper-evident or tamper-proof labels with systems in place for consumer peace of mind.

Complete Guide to Tamper-Evident and Tamper-Proof Labels

No one wants to buy a product that has been opened or had some of its contents removed, which makes tamper protection important to consumers. However, tamper prevention doesn’t just protect users from direct changes to the products they buy. 

In 2020, Customs and Border Patrol confiscated $1.3 billion in counterfeit goods, so safety seals can play a key role in creating an unbroken tie between the manufacturer and the buyer, assuring customers that the products they’re buying are genuine and safe. But, how do these labels work, and how can you use them in a way that protects your customers?

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Packaging sustainability helps more than the environment.

Should Your Brand Consider Sustainability in Labeling and Packaging?

Sustainability in packaging and labeling isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for business. First Insight’s “The State of Consumer Spending” survey found a majority of Gen Z and Millennial consumers would pay up to 10% more for a sustainable product, as would 34% of Gen X and 23% of baby boomer consumers. 

There are more ways to be sustainable than just using compostable packaging. Eco-friendly labels and packaging use less material, reduce purchasing and shipping costs, and when done right, can increase your sales while lowering your total cost per unit. 

However, choosing eco-friendly packaging materials can be a complicated process. How do your labels factor into sustainable packaging, and what do you have to do to switch to eco-friendly labels? Read more

Tube and vial labeling made easier with automated label application.

A Cost-Effective Solution For Tube and Vial Labeling

How can you cut costs on tube and vial labeling? The biggest step you can take is moving from manual labeling to automation. While the upfront price certainly needs to be considered, the benefits can be cost-effective, even at low volumes. 

Here’s what you should consider when upgrading your labeling system to high-speed vial and tube labelers: from decreased liability and reductions in costs and downtime to increased throughput. Read more

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The COVID Pandemic’s Effect on the Packaging Industry

Even though infection rates are decreasing in the U.S. and vaccines are being shipped around the world, we’ll still be dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for some time. Computer chip and bicycle shortages are predicted to last until at least the middle of 2022, while there are smaller shortages across nearly every industry and supply chain

The pandemic itself has also changed attitudes toward how we manufacture, package and consume products. But what are the short-term changes, and how will the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic affect the labeling and packaging industries going forward? Read more

Several bottles of kombucha with labels that meet legal requirements sitting in a large bucket of ice outdoors.

Everything You Need to Know About Kombucha Label Requirements

Whether it’s due to its love-it-or-hate-it taste, perceived health benefits, or novelty among less-natural beverages, there’s no question that kombucha beverage sales are skyrocketing. Over the past 15 years, the market for this fermented tea has grown from almost nothing to over $1.5 billion in annual sales. There are even hard kombucha products entering the market as a gluten-free alternative to hard seltzers and beer. 

While this fermented beverage has been around for centuries, it’s hard to classify. Is it a soft drink? A supplement? An alcoholic beverage? With so many possibilities, how can you be sure your custom kombucha labels comply with labeling requirements?  Read more

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Complete Guide to Craft Beer Can Wrap Labeling–Shrink Sleeve vs. Pressure-Sensitive

The market for canned craft beer has exploded in the past few years, thanks to more cost-effective production and life cycle, as well as sustainability and reduced environmental impact. But, if you’re switching to can production, you need to make several choices regarding new product labels

Are pressure-sensitive can wraps or shrink sleeve can wraps a better fit for your production system and your marketing? What features should you look for in a can label? How does a can labeling system fit into your production system? 

Here’s what you need to know, so you can make an informed decision about your labeling needs. Read more

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Important Guidelines For Designing Attractive Craft Beer Labels

There are over 4,000 craft breweries in the U.S, making craft brewing one of the most competitive markets in the alcoholic beverage industry.

So, how do you help your craft beer brand stand out from the other IPA‘s, pilsners, lagers, imperial stouts, and pale ales in the crowd? And, how do you ensure you’re compliant with regulations and give consumers the information they need on your beer can and beer bottle labels? Here are some things you should consider for your next beer label design. Read more

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Factors That Affect the Cost of Custom Product Labels

Any producer of consumer packaged goods is familiar with analyzing production costs, because these costs ultimately affect the final pricing of the product. Custom label printing is one of the important factors in the equation. (Things like label size, print method, required tooling and the number of colors you use are all factors that will influence the unit label price.)

Many aspects of the label printing and application process can be customized to fit your production needs, which leaves you with several choices to make when you’re preparing a new label design. You may find that you have extra costs associated with label materials and processes you don’t need, or materials that won’t work with your production system and packaging needs. So, how do you make the right choices to lower costs and get reliable, affordable labels? Read more