Commercial labeling system applying labels to products.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Commercial Labeling System

In order to shop for a commercial labeling system, you need to understand how it fits your products and your production system. There are many factors to consider, including size, speed, container shapes, printing abilities, and more. Here are some questions you need to answer to understand your labeling needs and find the right equipment for your business.

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Dietary supplement label.

What Exactly is a Dietary Supplement?

Increasing interest in weight loss, fitness and preventative medicine is driving massive growth in the supplement industry. In fact, industry studies estimate the worldwide market for supplements will double in size by 2030. This makes supplements a prime market to enter, especially if your company already produces foods or pharmaceuticals. 

However, regulations can be confusing, especially when it comes to things like the net quantity of contents statement. Which products are considered dietary supplements? What required information do you need on your product labels to meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supplement labeling requirements and consumer expectations? How do you instruct buyers on use without being accused of making false claims?

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Label on a bottle of wine.

Guide to Wine Bottle Labels

Labels are important for wine buyers, because they usually tell customers the grape variety and growing region, which gives them some idea of how it will taste. However, there’s a lot more to wine labels than these descriptors. 

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Example of organic food labeling.

Your Guide to Organic Food Labeling Requirements

Between 2005 and 2020, sales of organic foods went from 13.2 billion dollars per year to 56.5 billion. While this growing market is lucrative, meeting organic food labeling requirements requires considerable work at each stage of production. While most control over labeling falls under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), there are additional certifications from organizations like NSI International and Oregon Tilth. So, what are the national organic standards, and how does that affect what you can put on your labels?

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Whiskey bottle with label.

Tips and Guidelines for Great Whiskey Labels

With some reports estimating the market will grow by 50% over the next 5 years, there’s never been a better time to get into the whiskey business. This growth is spread over a range of categories, but most of the focus is on premium and novelty spirits. To meet this demand, large distilleries are offering better products to non-distiller producers. This gives small companies a chance to make new blends without spending years building a production facility. However, even the best whiskey will have trouble selling if the label doesn’t attract customers. What are whiskey buyers looking for when they see the label, and how do you balance their expectations against legal requirements?

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Different types and sizes of packaging material.

Overcoming Challenges with Packaging Materials and Labeling

Why do some packages not survive the trip to your customers? What if your labels fall off? Are you doing enough to reduce your environmental impact and packaging costs? There are a lot of problems that arise when you launch a new packaging solution. Don’t let challenges with packaging materials get you down. Here are some factors you should consider when creating or updating your packaging materials and labels.

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QR code vs. barcode.

QR Codes vs. Barcodes: How Do You Know Which One to Choose?

Are QR codes better than a traditional barcode? While QR (quick response code) is newer, the choice between technologies comes down to how and where the code is used. While we think of them as two separate ways to add machine-readable data to labels, they’re just a small part of over a dozen common coding standards used around the world. Keep reading to learn more about QR codes vs. barcodes.

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Bags of coffee receiving coffee labels.

Tips and Requirements for Gourmet Coffee Label Design

Making an effective gourmet coffee label takes more than writing some flowery language about flavor profiles. What do you need on your label to meet food regulations? What can you add to the label to make your brand of new coffee more attractive to consumers? How do you get these labels onto your containers? 

Here’s what you need to know to plan the look of your coffee products, whether you’re entering the segment or you’re simply updating your line.

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Example of lip balm labeling requirements.

Everything You Need to Know About Lip Balm Labeling Requirements

Introducing a new lip balm label should be a straightforward process. It’s an established product with standard recipes, packaging, and market categories. You can even purchase a vial labeler that labels small tubes with minimal setup. However, label regulations are confusing. It might require specific phrasing to be legal, including a combination of drug and cosmetics labeling information. Working with regulations on the confined space of a lip balm tube can give you a major headache. How do you pull these elements together to make a compliant yet attractive label? Before you begin, understand the lip balm labeling requirements. Read more

Automatic labeling system.

Improve Your Process with the 8 Benefits of Automatic Labeling Systems

Has your business grown to a point where your labeling process is getting in the way? The initial cost of making the jump to label automation may be high, but so is the return on investment. Automatic labeling machines aren’t just faster than manual labeling (and even semi-automatic labeling equipment), they reduce costs, increase throughput, improve quality, and make production easier. Learn more about all the benefits of automatic labeling systems.

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