QuickLabel Referral Benefits: Think You’re Cut Out For Our Benefits?

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

If you’ve invested in a QuickLabel printer, you already know the height of benefits you and your company are reaping. But did you hear about the QuickLabel referral benefits?

From printing in 600-1600dpi, producing customizable labels at up to 8 inches per second (ips), and photographic quality and clear-cut text; QuickLabel printers have the ability to save your business time and money as well as catch the customers’ eye.

So, do you know someone else who would be interested in having a QuickLabel printer? (Bonus: It will benefit you, too!)

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Does a free set of inks get your gears turning?

They don’t have to be from your line of work. With QuickLabel printer’s variety of options, such as the Kiaro! 50, Kiaro!, Kiaro! D and the QL-111, they can be found throughout a wide variety of labeling industries.

Here are five examples of businesses included within our industry range and what they had to say about their QuickLabel printer:

1. Food Labels – Jody’s Popcorn

Jody’s Popcorn of Virginia Beach was in need of a reliable printer that could take on their growth, as well as their quick in-store demands. Looking for a short-run labeling solution, Jody’s found QuickLabel and the Kiaro! label printer. In a short period of time, the Kiaro! allowed Jody’s to flourish with its on-demand, colorful and high quality labels.

Michael Katz, Vice President, states, “The Kiaro! printer has saved Jody’s time and production. The amount of time it takes for us to produce a custom job has decreased greatly. We can literally have somebody walk into the printing area and say ‘I need this’ and turn it around in 10-15 minutes.”

2. Beverage Labels – Doc’s Tea

Doc’s Tea knew they required exceptional labels for their bottles of low calorie tea, and printing labels on demand and in-house was an ideal solution for them. When they discovered the stunning performance of the Kiaro! label printer they were amazed. They have been printing beautiful tea labels with QuickLabel ever since.

Dr. Christopher Banks, CCO of Doc’s Tea, says the Kiaro! has been great for their business because, “We don’t have to spend so much money going out to the big labeling companies – we can print them out as we need them and save some time and also save some money.”

3. E-Liquid Labels – Boosted Vapor

Boosted Vapor, e-liquid maker and vape shop retailer based in Clinton, Michigan, uses the Kiaro! to label its wide variety of vape juices. Boosted Vapor also offers custom labeling of its e-juices to wholesale and private label customers, and prints all labels with their QuickLabel printer.

Jeff Kohr, CEO, says “I believe in our Kiaro! printer. I’ve had a lot of other printers, I’ve never had anything like the Kiaro!. It has improved the quality of our product from a labeling standpoint, it’s improved our productivity, and it’s improved our inventory control. It’s been a top quality unit.”

4. Medical Device Labels – Key Surgical

With in-house UDI label printing, Key Surgical found fast, easy, and affordable compliance for labeling all of their different medical devices. With the ever-changing FDA labeling requirements, Key Surgical needed to stay on top of what was to be included on their labels. In addition to QuickLabel printers’ ability to generate small, clear-cut text and barcodes, the in-house complete label customization was the perfect fit for their business.

Key Surgical Director of Operations, Lena Cordie, says that with the Kiaro! label printer, “We save money on labeling stock and on supplies. We’re able to purchase smaller quantities more frequently rather than storing them on site with the possibility of damage and waste. The Kiaro! has been a huge asset to our production productivity and efficiency.”

5. Hardware Labels – Quick Fitting

Quick Fitting, the leading manufacturer of “push connect” plumbing fittings and valves sold at Lowe’s, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware found that frequently changing labels produced a wasteful excess of inventory.. Quick Fitting was able to cut its costs by 40% when they began printing their own retail plumbing labels with the Kiaro!.

“It allows us a flexibility we didn’t have in the past. If we ran out of labels– if we were even short by 30 labels – it cost us a shipment. With the Kiaro! we just simply walk over to the unit and print out some more,” said David Crompton, CEO of Quick Fitting.

To view the full list of applications our QuickLabel printers have been used for, click here.

So do you know anyone who would like to enhance their own business and branding, as well as save time and money with a QuickLabel printer?

Participating in the QuickLabel referral benefits program will not only be beneficial to them.

If you successfully refer a friend, you will be sent a free set of inksThat’s about a $1,000 value towards your business!

So what are you waiting for? Refer a friend today!

Contact Info:
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Can You Believe Your Pet Food Label?

Posted on by kginter

As owners of pets we go above and beyond to spoil and take care of our beloved companions. From grooming them, to buying them new toys, to even feeding them the best food for their health – or so we think. It was pointed out in a Huffington Post editorial last week by Donna Solomon, DVM that the so-called “human-grade” pet food some of us may purchase for our pets is not in fact “human-grade” food at all!

Feeding Your Pet “Human-Grade” Food

"Made in a Human Food Facility"

Using the label claim “human-grade” is a way of saying that the meat you are feeding your pet is consistent with meat that is edible for humans. However, in the United States, “human grade” is technically a “government stamped approval” from the USDA. Dr. Solomon points out that even if a food manufacturer buys meat from a slaughter house that was originally intended for human consumption, the moment that meat leaves the slaughter house bound for pet food consumption it becomes inedible by humans.

But why, if it is the same meat a person would eat?

The simple reason is that the USDA does not have jurisdiction over meat intended for pet food. Once that human grade meat is in the hands of a pet food manufacturer, it is out of the hands of the USDA and into the hands of the FDA. However, the FDA does not have jurisdiction over meat products.

So, since the USDA cannot and does not inspect pet food manufacturing plants, it cannot be officially determined that the food meets human standards.  So, the dog food you are feeding your furry friend at home is NOT officially “human-grade” or approved for your consumption – in case you ever wondered.

Other Terms Marketers are Feeding You and Your Pets

"Gourmet" Filets

There are a variety of terms on labels that have no legitimate legal standards backing them up. “Holistic,” “premium,” and “natural” have all become common labeling terms among pet food products, even without any official definition for these claims. In fact, Whole Foods openly admits that the terms that are used on pet food labels such as “premium,” “super premium,” “ultra premium,” and “gourmet,” are not subject to any particular standards. “They’re just yummy-sounding adjectives!” according to Whole Foods’ Pet Label FAQs web page.

But would consumers know that without reading the FAQ page on a pet food company’s website? Probably not.  These are terms used by the pet food industry to make their products more marketable and appealing to consumers. Who wouldn’t want to buy “gourmet” food for their pet?

On a side note, there is also yet to be an official law for “organic” pet foods. According to the FDA’s website, the USDA is in the process of developing regulations that would dictate what types of synthetic additives (vitamins and purified amino acids), will be allowed to be used in pet foods labeled as organic.

Understanding Terms on Pet Food Labels

"All Natural" Beef with Chicken

The average consumer will most likely not know that some pet food label claims are just “yummy-sounding adjectives.” If you are concerned about what kind of food you are feeding your pet and want to become better-educated about what products are on the market, please check out the following resources:

For pet food information that is regulated by the FDA prior to being placed on labels, check out their Animal and Veterinary page on their website.

Also, the Association of American Feed Control Officials provides a secondary backing to the FDA’s regulations along with more specific and focused labeling rules in terms of nutritional analyses and adequacy, feeding directions, and calorie statements.

 

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FDA to Apply a Little Sunscreen Labeling Regulation

Posted on by kginter

The US Food and Drug Administration did not update its sunscreen labeling standards for over 30 summers – until now. On Tuesday of this week, the FDA announced that it will revise its rules pertaining to sunscreen labeling.

Not all Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Sunscreens that are not “broad spectrum” or that have SPF levels between 2 and 14 will soon sport “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert” warning labels. Lydia Velazquez, PharmD, of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Regulation Development stated, “Our scientific understanding has grown. We want consumers to understand that not all sunscreens are created equal.”

Velazquez continued, “It is important for consumers to read the entire label, both front and back, in order to choose the appropriate sunscreen for their needs.”

Don’t Call it Sunblock

One year from now, in the summer of 2012, the new sunscreen labeling will go into full effect.

Familiar phrases that we have all become accustomed to seeing on labels will be phased out over time.

The director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation, Dr. Janet Woodcock, has said that the term “sunblock” will be one of the phases eventually phased out. “We do not want to give the false impression that complete sun protection is provided,” she said.

The FDA will recommend that labels use the term “water resistant” instead of “waterproof” because it is more realistic and truthful.  Two other terms to be phased out are “seaproof” and “instant protection.”

Re-application times will also be listed on labels for consumers to gauge a time frame for re-application in order to counteract the effects of sweating and water. The two permitted time frames are every 40 minutes and every 80 minutes.

Sunscreen Label Claims will be Subject to Testing

Sunscreens will be tested to establish that they in fact last as long as their labels claim they do. Testing will also confirm the use of the term “broad spectrum” used on labels.

A sunscreen will not be considered “broad spectrum” unless it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Until the recent revision of sunscreen labeling standards, sunscreens sold in the United States were not required to label details about the sunscreen product’s protection against specific Ultraviolet rays. In fact, there are two different types of UV rays we need to protect our skin against: UVA and UVB. While UVB rays cause the skin to burn, UVA rays cause skin cancer and premature skin aging (wrinkling). Because UVA rays are powerful enough to penetrate the skin much deeper than UVB rays, they are seen as the most harmful.

A new addition, sunscreen labels will require a warning statement if the product does not protect up to at least 15 SPF. If a sunscreen is provides less than 15 SPF it must bear a label that says “This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”

Also, SPF factors will be capped at “50+”, because science has found that factors past SPF 50 provide minimal extra protection.

Who Sponsored the “Sun Act”?

In May 2011 Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island pushed for the FDA to update their sunscreen labeling regulations. Sen. Reed believes that sunscreen labels are currently misleading  and need to be held to a higher, tougher standard. The same stance was taken by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. The two New York senators submitted what they call the “Sun Act” to the FDA to help protect consumers from inaccurate or incomplete sunscreen labeling.

According to statistics from the Shade Foundation , two million Americans will be diagnosed with some type of skin cancer this year.

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How to Find an FDA Labeling Consultant

Posted on by kginter

As we’ve blogged about before, we understand the confusion when it comes to FDA labeling compliance. A few weeks ago we received a comment asking for assistance in finding a good FDA labeling consultant. I thought about this question and said to myself “I bet there are a lot of people out there looking for a label consultant.” So here, my friends, are the deets on what to look for in a label consultant and what you should consider in deciding whether you need a label consultant.

What is an FDA Label Consultant?

Labeling rules can vary by size of the product and by the product container, can get as complicated as understanding whether there are mandatory type sizes for the text on your label, or required declarations that have to be printed in specific areas on your label.

You might not want the responsibility of verifying all of that information on your own.

An FDA label consultant is someone who is there to support your goal towards having an FDA compliant label. Their job is to be the expert on what can and cannot be printed on a product label. Each type of product is labeled under a different set of regulations, so if you have a complex product line, a label consultant can take help you understand how to comply with numerous sets of rules.

Do You Need an FDA Labeling Consultant?

Steve Zoller, president of consulting firm Food Label Consultants, advised that “Anyone just starting in the food business should have their labels reviewed.”

Barb Bennett, president of the International Meat Inspection Consultants, Inc., (IMIC), advises those who do not have the time to learn about labeling laws to use a labeling consultant.

Bennett explained, “If you have multiple products that you are producing or importing and do not have the time, energy or desire to review the labels for compliance, I would suggest you seek out a consultant to assist you in reviewing labels or assisting in the design of labels for compliance.”

We were able to get insight from a medical device company experienced with FDA label compliance, EXACTA Dental Direct. Chase Wade, Director of Operations, weighed in on why his company uses a qualified label consultant and why he advises others to use one.

“My advice to another small business going through FDA label pains is to find a qualified consultant and do exactly what they tell you to do. I know this sounds a little callous, but there are too many regulations that are under constant change in order for most small business to keep up.” Wade added, “It is a pricey solution, but less than having a world of hurt thrown down on you by a FDA regulator.”

Zoller explained that once a brand has an established product line and has had its original labels reviewed, “adding new SKUs should be routine as long as they are the same size package and similar ingredients.”

Voluntary food claims such as “low fat” make label compliance more complicated, according to Zoller. If you print your label claim incorrectly it’s not just the FDA you have to watch out for. “It’s important that these statements comply with the law. If you’re not compliant, even if the FDA doesn’t notice, your competitors will,” Zoller advised.

That’s a great point.

Even if your competitor makes certain claims, that doesn’t mean that you should. “Consultants advise on what complies, not what sells in the marketplace.” Some claims do fly under the FDA’s radar, but not for long. “Brands that step beyond the law do so at their own risk,” said Zoller.

“By nature, consultants will be conservative and render advice that clearly keeps the client within the law” Zoller added.

Do you use a co-packer? If so, Zoller said that some co-packers may be experienced enough to advise on compliance, while others may not want the liability. This may be something you want to consider when researching a co-packer.

How much does an FDA labeling consultant cost?

Consulting rates vary from company to company.

According to Bennett, IMIC’s general label review starts at $32.50 and up. Bennett says IMIC charges on a per label basis, whereas other companies may charge by the hour.

Zoller’s Food Label Consultants charge by the hour and costs vary depending on the product. He was kind enough to give us some cost examples: “A simple label, such as olive oil, takes little time and will probably cost $150.”

But on the other end of the spectrum, “A product with many ingredients, various claims, lots of romance language, and an odd container will take much more time and could be as much as $400-$500,” he said.

What services do label consultants offer?

Barbra Bennett described her company’s food label compliance services as offering USDA expediting services for the review of USDA labels and submittal to USDA for approval. Bennett also included review of domestic and imported non-meat/poultry products for regulatory compliance, nutritional labeling, and training in labeling basics. The complete list can be found at IMIC’s website:

  • Allergen statements
  • Child Nutritional labeling
  • Ingredient statements
  • Nutrition facts panels
  • Product claims (i.e. low fat or whole grain)
  • USDA expediting services
  • Training in label basics

Food Label Consultants offers complete label reviews for compliance with 21CFR101 Food Labeling, Nutrition Facts using a database program. They also review for dietary supplements and for non-foods as well, according to President Steve Zoller. On their website, they highlight consulting for the following federal regulations:

  • Allergen Statements
  • Health Claims
  • Ingredient Acceptability
  • Label Layout
  • Nutrient Claims
  • Organic Compliance
  • Statement of Identity (Product Name)

More Resources to Help You Find an FDA Labeling Consultant:

Food Label Consultants

International Meat Inspection Consultants (IMIC)

Manual of FDA Compliance Policy Guidelines

 

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