Automatic Bottle Labeling Machine–Vertical Trunnion Roller--loaded with beer bottles.

Manual vs. Automatic Labeling: Is Your Business Ready to Make the Transition?

Is business growth forcing you to re-evaluate your production systems? While some processes may be easy to scale, there’s a hard limit on what you can do with manual product labeling. For instance, you may find that it’s relatively easy to double the output of your existing production line, but it may result in a major bottleneck related to packaging. 

However, even though buying an automatic labeling machine and setting it up takes considerable capital, once you take into account the savings in labor, production and lost product costs, automatic labeling can significantly cut your labeling costs

So what factors do you need to consider when contemplating manual labeling vs. automatic labeling?

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Everything You Need To Know About Labeling Requirements for Hard Liquor and Distilled Spirits

Each year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) conducts the Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program (ABSP). This program gathers a random selection of spirits and tests them for compliance. Of the bottles selected, 40% are deemed to be in violation of labeling regulations in some fashion. 

Which TTB label requirements are most commonly violated, and how can you avoid mistakes on your distilled spirits labels? Let’s take a look! Read more

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Prevent and Correct Common Label Application Issues

Label application challenges can be a huge source of frustration. If you get your label adhesive or substrate wrong, your product labels can fall off, and minor imperfections or slight angles in your packaging surfaces can also lead to improper application

All labels for commercial use are subject to their own unique circumstances. The following common problems will help you troubleshoot issues and find the proper commercial labels for your containers (while allowing you to make adjustments that eliminate potential problems moving forward). Read more

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The Ultimate Guide To Weather-Resistant & Outdoor Labels

If products are left outside, or stored in locations that experience extreme temperatures, their exposed labels may not last as long as intended. Confused where to start when choosing the right type of label for your product? This outdoor label guide will help in selecting the right inks, face stock and coatings to produce weather-resistant labels that hold up to harsh conditions.  Read more

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Everything You Need To Know About Hard Seltzer Label Requirements

Hard seltzers seemed like a fad at first, but it’s clear that this recently created beverage category is here to stay. It’s estimated that the worldwide market will reach $14.5 billion in sales by 2027, more than triple current yearly sales. 

It’s gained most of its popularity due to being perceived as a “healthier” alternative to traditional beers, containing fewer calories and carbs, with brands like White Claw seeing explosive growth over the past several years

But, while this may be a great business opportunity, it’s also confusing. With so many different options for producing and marketing these beverages, meeting regulatory labeling requirements and customer expectations at the same time can be difficult. Here’s what you need to know to correctly categorize your beverage, meet label requirements, and attract customers.  Read more

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Powerful Tips To Improve Your Custom Label Design & Make An Impact

When it comes to product packaging, good label design can be as important as the product itself. Afterall, your labels don’t just need to conform to regulatory guidelines; they also need to get the attention of customers and deliver the information needed to make an informed purchase decision. 

In the long run, these tips will help you design custom labels that improve visibility and make the product easier to use.  Read more

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The Importance of Labeling Solutions In A Warehouse

Efficient inventory management is everything when it comes to running warehouse operations. Depending on the size and location of your warehouse, you may be dealing with thousands of packages moving through on a daily basis, going into and out of multiple points. 

A warehouse labeling system can help you keep track of all these containers as they move through each point of your operation (this includes labeling for your containers as well as identification labels for your aisles, warehouse racks and bins). Organized systems not only help workers locate products, but they also create a trail of logs that allow for fast identification and the correction of errors in your supply chain. Read more

Jarritos labeled craft soda bottles in a straight line.

Labeling Solutions For Your Craft Soda Brand: Everything To Know

Once a niche product, craft sodas are exploding in popularity. Buyers are seeking them out because they’re tired of regular sodas and are looking for an alternative to alcoholic beverages. 

Today, these soft drinks can be found at food trucks, soda boutiques, grocery stores and convenience stores. So, as a craft soda maker, how can your craft soda labels help your product stand out in this exploding market?  Read more

Assortment of CBD products and CBD labels.

CBD Product Labeling Requirements: Important Considerations

While research into CBD (cannabidiol) is still in its infancy, the benefits of this cannabinoid appear to be promising. In the future, it could prove to be a reliable, safe treatment for epilepsy, inflammation, anxiety and more. Unfortunately, the relative newness of cannabis products also makes regulatory compliance a minefield. United States federal and state regulations sometimes lack clarity, and they don’t cover everything customers need to know about the products they’re buying. This guide will walk you through the steps you need to take to produce compliant, easy-to-understand CBD product labels for your CBD product packaging.

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Wine bottles with wrap labels.

Wrap Around vs. Shrink Sleeve: What’s Right For Your Bottles and Round Containers?

Advancements in printing technology have made shrink sleeve labeling feasible for smaller production runs. Proponents pitch it as a product labeling alternative to pre-printed containers, offering similar coverage at a lower cost. However, wrap around labels still dominate the market. Why? Because wrap labeling is more economical than shrink sleeve labeling—especially for small manufacturers—and they offer superior performance in certain use cases. 

Let dive deeper to see which labeling method is the best fit for your product line! Read more