What the new nutrition label guidelines mean for your business.

The New Nutrition Label: What’s Different?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s nutrition label was introduced in 1993 with the intent of making it easier for Americans to make good dietary choices. 

But, over the past 25 years, our knowledge of nutrition information has changed quite a bit. We have a better understanding of the harmful effects that certain ingredients can have, especially when it comes to items that lead to issues like heart disease, high blood pressure and more. 

After nearly 20 years, the FDA began phasing in design alterations late last year, and those changes will soon be required for all food products. So, what are these new FDA label requirements, what do you need to do to ensure you’re in compliance, and can your current labeling applicator evolve with your needs? Let’s take a look! Read more

picking the right labeling system for food packaging labels

Printing Product Information with a Food Labeling Machine

When it comes to food, labels are important. Food labels are designed to not only get the attention of customers but also provide the information required by food packaging laws to help consumers make smart food choices. 

From important information like trans fats and added sugars to serving size suggestions and more – there’s a lot behind the labeling solution you use, and the right food labeling machine results in accuracy, efficiency and consistency! 

In order to pick the right machine, you need several pieces of information: the type of containers you want to use, the information your food packaging labels require, and the steps you need to take to keep your employees and customers safe. Read more

Wrap Around Labeling Machines

Wrap Around Labeling Machines: Everything You Need to Know

A wrap around labeler is often a great choice for businesses that use round bottles or containers. In fact, thanks to new technologies, wrap around labels can replace more expensive shrink wrapping by offering easy application (which reduces costs on machinery while speeding up production). 

So, let’s take a look at how a wrap around labeling machine can streamline production.

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Should your business utilize a pressure sensitive label?

Pressure Sensitive Labels: Makeup and Advantages

Pressure sensitive labels (PSLs) are a major part of the product labeling industry, and that section of the industry is only going to get bigger. Mordor Intelligence estimates the domestic market for these labels will grow 25% over the next 5 years. This growth is being spurred by improvements in print technology and is making these labels a viable alternative to other printed products, giving both large and small companies access to high quality graphics. So, how do these labels fit into your business, and why should you consider them? Let’s take a look. Read more

Pressure Sensitive Labeling

Pressure Sensitive Labeling: A Solution to Complicated Logistics

Pressure sensitive labels, also called adhesive-backed labels, are a huge part of the label market, and for good reason. There are 6 main benefits to using pressure-sensitive labeling equipment:

1. Compatibility for any container, regardless of size, shape or material.
2. Features that include resealable glue, perforations and dry peel layers
3. Flexible run sizes to match any product run.
4. Great for printing individual labels.
5. No need to apply glue or use light or heat to bond the label.
6. One labeling machine can be set up for a range of label sizes and container sizes, covering multiple product lines.

Here’s how businesses are leveraging this technology to improve their product labeling. Read more

Chemical Labeling

Labeling Systems Options for Chemicals

When you’re dealing with dangerous chemicals, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. So, complying with chemical labeling regulations doesn’t just keep your business on the right side of the law, it ensures that anyone who comes in contact with materials has information on how to handle them and what to do in case of an emergency.

Of course, you should always consult with your legal team to ensure compliance, but this blog is a great starting point for understanding label requirements with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) and California’s Proposition 65. So, let’s get to it and find the right chemical labeling system for the job. Read more

CTM Beer Cans

Finding The Right Beer Can Labeling Equipment For Your Business

In the past, commercial beer and craft beer was easy to distinguish, based on packaging alone. Most commercial beer came in cans while craft brews used bottles. But, that’s starting to change with the introduction of affordable beer can labeling equipment. By using labels, you can lower costs on printing while reaping the quality, flexibility and cost benefits of cans. Read more

CTM Distribution Center

How To Streamline Order Fulfillment with a Labeling System

Labeling systems are critical to order fulfillment because they connect physical goods to your digital infrastructure. Box labels identify shipping containers as they move through the system. Rack and bin labels mark items off of inventory and add them to the shipment. Shipping labels identify packages as they make their way to their destination, keeping you and your customer in the loop. Used properly, these labels can stop errors before they happen by checking the progress of packages and inventory. Read more