A hazardous material pictogram on a GHS label

The Most Important Information on GHS Labels: What You Need to Be Compliant

The GHS label is a critical component of hazardous material handling safety. This standardized label system is used around the world and provides easy-to-access information about the hazard class of chemicals and the best ways to deal with them. Learning about the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals can help you simplify the labels of your chemical products and keep you compliant with occupational safety standards.

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The liquor label of a distilled spirit with mandatory information.

Is Your Brand Up To Date With Liquor Labeling Guidelines?

Distilled spirits make record sales year after year. In fact, spirits product sales hit a record $37.6 billion in 2022.

Those impressive statistics prove that the distilled spirits sector of the alcohol beverage market is growing and thriving. In this hot market, the right label is essential for your brand’s success — but does it also include all the required information? For your alcoholic beverages to hit the market with no issues, you must make sure you’re in the know and in compliance with liquor labeling requirements.

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Energy Drink Labels: Key Components You Need to Know

There’s no denying that energy drinks are one of the most popular beverages on the market today. In fact, energy drink products brought in 159 billion dollars in revenue in 2021 — and their success will likely continue to grow.

Energy drink packaging design is colorful and attention-grabbing (and likely part of their success). Good graphic design for your beverage label that appeals to your target audience can boost your products’ sales, but there are also important legal requirements to consider when you label energy drinks. In order to avoid costly mistakes on your product label, familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of energy drink labels.

Before you start on your custom label, learn how to navigate mockups and nutrition facts to guarantee success for your energy drink packaging design.

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Canned cocktail with a proper label.

Are Canned Cocktail Label Guidelines Different Than Other Alcoholic Beverages?

While hard seltzers have seen a massive boom in the past few years, they’re part of a bigger trend toward Ready to Drink (RTD) beverages. Before you sell any new alcoholic beverage, you need approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). However, there are unique requirements for canned cocktail labels, and you may need additional paperwork to get approval. Here’s what it takes to get your new beverage to meet regulations.

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How Fast Are High-Speed Label Applicators?

Exactly how fast is a high-speed label applicator? If you’ve worked around manufacturing, you know that there are always several factors affecting throughput, and your labeling system is no exception. While the applicator itself may be capable of incredible speeds, making sure every label goes on perfectly each time requires slower speeds for quality and stability. From container shape to printing quality, each change you make to your system affects its speed. Read more

Plastic bottles on a production line.

Best Practices for Labeling Plastic Bottles

While containers like glass, aluminum, steel, and cardboard are mostly uniform, plastics can be made up of a wide range of materials (in addition to variations in casting techniques, surface textures, and chemical additives).

Even if a label tests well on a sample, other issues can crop up in your production environment. Here’s how you can address these issues when labeling plastic bottles.

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Hot filling line in a manufacturing facility.

Is the Hot Filling Process Best for My Product Packaging?

Food manufacturers choose a hot filling process for their products because it offers an excellent balance between sanitation, product quality, and cost. However, this rapid heating and cooling process comes with some complications. The container itself needs to withstand the heat, and the labeling needs to work with containers that undergo major temperature changes.

So, when does a hot filling process make sense, and what changes do you need to make to your production system to create safe, reliably packaged products?

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CBD product label that meets CBD labeling requirements.

Keys to Successfully Navigate CBD Labeling Requirements

How do you design labels for your CBD products (Cannabidiol) so they are legally compliant, inform consumers, and require minimal changes when regulations change? Like anything related to the cannabis industry, it’s complicated. Federal enforcement varies, states have their own laws, and the legal landscape is constantly changing. Here’s what you need to know to meet CBD labeling requirements.

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Clear label with air bubbles.

Keys to Avoiding and Correcting Common Label Application Problems

Are you having trouble applying product labels correctly? Do they want to skew or flag? Do they fall off before they reach the end user?

These label application problems can stem from a variety of sources, including the container, the label, the manufacturing environment, and even your label storage methods. Here’s some critical troubleshooting advice for when you encounter common label defects.

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Embossed label on a wine bottle.

Embossed Product Labels: Tactile Marketing

While choosing font and high-quality graphics has a big influence on customer perception, so does the feel of the label. (This is especially true of products sold through brick and mortar retail.) When consumers pick up the container, they can learn as much about the product’s segment from its feel as they can from your font and graphics choices.

Embossed stickers and labels give you an eye-catching, high end way to highlight text and graphics, as well as subtly change background colors. So, how can you implement embossing in your labels for maximum impact, and what do you need to consider for label designs and application? Let’s take a look.

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