Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Printing Prepared Food Labels In-House

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

printing prepared food labels in-house
Many companies outsource their product labels to save on costs and maintain production efficiency. But when you break it down, is outsourcing really the most efficient route? Depending on your business size and needs, it could be more beneficial printing prepared food labels in-house.

Here are our top four reasons why taking label production in-house can be the better option:

1. Outsourced Printing Comes at a Price

While using another facility to produce your prepared food labels might seem like a giant weight off your shoulders, it may not necessarily be the case.

Outsourcing can end up severely delaying your labeling process, costing your business valuable time and money.

For example, if an outsourced label shipment becomes delayed, so will the orders your company was scheduled to have in stock and on the shelves. These delays will happen, as do errors.

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Misprints can cause setbacks and affect the use by/sell by dates on your products. This is especially true for made to order businesses and prepared foods.

The best way to avoid these dilemmas is investing in a small, short-run digital label printer to easily bring production in-house.

On implementing short-run digital label printers in-house, Impression Technology Europe reveals, “Not only is the initial investment much more affordable but the cost per print is extremely low. After doing the math, most clients will find it will be much more cost effective than outsourcing and based on the output.”

Our main alternative to outsourcing, investing in an in-house digital label printer will not only save you time, but also reduce cost-per-label.

2. NOT ALL ENVIRONMENTS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Printing prepared food labels in-house has its benefits when varying environmental requirements come into play.

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Just because some prepared foods need to be frozen, doesn’t mean the quality and appearance of your packaging should suffer. It’s important for your store’s frozen foods to remain cohesive with the rest of your prepared food line. After all, it is your brand.

However, using the wrong label for the products environment can lead to wrinkles due to condensation, fading due to exposure or loss of adhesion and labels falling off.

If your business is using regular pre-printed labels, chances are, the labels won’t hold up in your storage environment.

Ultimately, finding the correct label material is just as important to your printed results as your design. QuickLabel has developed special materials that are capable of absorbing the inks so that printed labels do not smear and reproduce the most accurate colors possible.frozen food label printer

The ability to maintain complete control over your label materials and printing process will allow your business to have a streamlined, efficient process with branded labels that look the part.

One example of easy in-house printing solution is QuickLabel’s flagship Kiaro!Kiaro! D or wide format QL-800 inkjet label printers. These printers are known for printing frozen food labels that are extremely durable and still generate high-quality 1200 – 1600 dpi imagery.

With the right in-house printer, you’ll have professional frozen food or beverage labels printed instantly and can be applied to products that are already frozen, or before they go into the freezer.

3. It’s Not Easy to Keep Up with FDA Regulations & Demands

Keeping up with the FDA’s changing regulations and formats can greatly affect your product labels. If standards are not met, your entire product line could suffer from massive recalls.

label nutrition facts tableThis intimidating process includes font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts and stringent calculations for daily values.

As a food manufacturer or grocer, you want to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates.

While it is absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and present your customer with the quality and transparency they deserve, you can make it easier on your business.

printing prepared food labels in-houseThis is where an in-house label printer truly shines. For every change in date, rule, format, etc., you have the ability to immediately customize your labels on the spot.

Printing prepared food labels in-house gives you the ability to print the exact number of labels you need for what’s in-stock, on-demand. Meaning no more wasted labels, no more overstock and no more falling short.

This gives you more flexibility in your printing process, as well as introducing the option for seasonal or promotional packaging.

4. Things Are Better When You’re in Control

Your labels are the face of your brand, so you always want to maintain professionalism and put your best foot forward.

If you want to be in control of your business and remove exterior dilemmas, it may be time to consider printing prepared food labels in-house.

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If you’re interested in high-quality, short-run label printing in-house, feel free to view our line of complete labeling solutions, including software, media and a wide range of digital label printers from monochrome barcode printers to photographic inkjet color labeling systems and presses.

Or, if you’d like to speak with one of our field sales engineers or media specialists, feel free to contact us for more information! They would be happy to work with you to find the right solution for your application.

 

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3 Easy Steps to Make Your Wine and Beer Labels Stand Out

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

If you brew beer or bottle wine, you already know the challenges that occur once your products are sent to market. You need to make your wine and beer labels stand out in order to get on the consumer’s radar.

But, the shadows of big name-brand competitors make it extremely difficult for new, local breweries and wineries to thrive.

How Do They Do It?

How is it so easy for these companies to stay on top? It’s all in the package branding.

With well-known brands, it’s easy for consumers to walk into a store and pluck a product off the shelves. The familiarity, years of experience and trustworthiness of a brand make these decisions a no-brainer. But everyone has to start somewhere, right?

What Can You do to Make Your Brews Stand Out?

A number of things (these big companies didn’t come out of nowhere).

It all started with an idea and a plan. After determining the basics, there are a few extra things you need to make your wine and beer labels stand out and give your brand that extra push.

1. It’s All in the Packaging

Humans are visual beings, so first impressions matter. Especially when targeting first time buyers browsing through the aisles of their local liquor store.

In fact, the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual.

Since consumers can only view your products as they browse, what they find aesthetically pleasing makes all the difference.

According to Barrett Brynestad, Associate Creative Director/Designer for TDA Boulder, the package should tell consumers as much as possible about the beer, from the occasion to taste profile and overall brand ethos.

Our advice: Design your product label well and design it to be easily recognized. It can be as simple as your color scheme and font, qualifying image or logo, etc. Whatever it is, it has to be unique to you. Investing in a talented artist or graphic designer always helps.

After all, your brand logo is arguably the most important part of your product.

Check out some examples of branded beer labels that understand the importance of story-telling branding.

2. Save Face on the Shelves…and Money in Your Pocket

Once you have successfully created your brand label, it’s time to start labeling your cans and bottles.

Outsourced printing can get expensive. For local wineries or breweries, it may be wiser to print your product labels in-house. In addition to avoiding fees and delays, you’ll be able to control the entire process within your own facility.

If you choose to print in-house, you must make sure the label printer meets all requirements your products need.

For example, wine and beer displayed in store freezers or chilling in coolers need labels that withstand frozen temperatures.

After all, it wouldn’t look very professional to have your labels wrinkling from condensation or losing adhesion and peeling off.

In combination, your printing system needs to produce clear, vivid, photo-quality labels to attract the consumers’ eye – and make your wine and beer labels stand out!

QuickLabel’s line of in-house label printers allow your business to meet all the requirements (aesthetic and physical) for printing labels on-demand and in-house.

These printing systems are perfect for the craft beer tradition of experimentation, adaptability and small batch production.

Our advice: Learn more about QuickLabel’s capabilities and benefits with printing frozen labels, wine and beer labels to see if they’re right for your business. You can also browse the full line of in-house color label printers here.

3. Get Your Name Out There!

It’s time. You’ve made a solid brand name for yourself with the packaging (and product) to prove it.

Investing in trade shows, tastings at local liquor stores and advertising (print or video), is the next step in getting your brand recognized. The more people see your product, the more natural it becomes to pick it up.

Our advice: By promoting your brand, you are showing consumers that you are real; you have a story and a taste unique to your product. By investing in these promotions, you are building the trust of your brand.

These three steps will change the way your wine and beer products are perceived – now a known brand rising above the sea of shelves. Good luck!

 

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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Making Your Own Food & Beverage Labels

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

Many companies outsource their product labels to save financially and produce efficiently. But is outsourcing really the most efficient route? For small to medium sized business owners, outsourcing is not always the best solution. Depending on your business size and needs, you may be better off making your own food & beverage labels in-house.

Impression Technology Europe explains, “Recently, another type of printing has become more attainable for smaller companies…digital ‘short run’ label printers. Not only is the initial investment much more affordable but the cost per print is extremely low. After doing the math, most clients will find it will be much more cost effective than outsourcing and based on the output.”

How do you know if this is right for you? Here are four reasons why you should be making your own food & beverage labels in-house:

1. Outsourced Printing Comes at a Price

We mean that both literally and figuratively. While using another facility to generate your food labels might seem like weight off your shoulders, that may not be the case.

Passing the task to an outside source can end up severely delaying your labeling process. Why? Not only will you have your company’s shipping schedule to track, but the arrival of your outsourced shipment as well.

If an outsourced shipment becomes delayed, so will the orders your company was originally scheduled to deliver. For small business owners, this can lead to a lot of unhappy customers or market vendors.

These delays will happen, and so do errors. Labeling errors can take more of a toll on your business production line than a delay in shipment.

The unexpected misprint forces your business to return and reorder labels. Misprints can cause setbacks and affect the use by/sell by dates on your products. This is especially true for made to order businesses, which can lead to wasted products.

If your business has experienced these delays, you may want to consider an in-house or on-demand label printer. With the ability to print labels in your own facility, there will be no more error or shipment delays affecting your product line. What’s more, these printers give you the ability to create your own use by/sell by dates with complete label customization.

2. Not All Environments Are Created Equal

Making your own food & beverage labels is also a huge plus when selling products that must be stored in specific environmental requirements.

It’s important for frozen foods to have unique and attractive labels, too. After all, it is your brand. But, it’s equally important that your frozen food labels don’t fail. Using the wrong label can lead to wrinkles due to condensation, fading due to exposure or loss of adhesion, falling off in low temperatures. One should not be sacrificed for the other.

If your business is using regular pre-printed labels, chances are, the labels won’t hold up in your storage environment.

The ability to maintain complete control over your label materials and printing process will allow your business to have a streamlined, efficient process with branded labels that look the part.

An easy in-house printing solution is QuickLabel’s Kiaro! or Kiaro! D inkjet label printers. Both printers are known for printing frozen food labels that don’t peel off in high-quality 1200 dpi imagery.

With the right in-house printer, you’ll have professional frozen food or beverage labels printed instantly and can be applied to products that are already frozen, or before they go into the freezer.

You can check out both options here.

3. Keep Up with FDA Regulations

Of course, keeping up with the FDA’s changing regulations and formats can greatly affect your product labels.

The intimidating process includes font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts and difficult calculations for daily values.

As a food manufacturer, you want to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates or trying to explain the requirements to an outside vendor.

However, it is absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and present your customer with the quality and transparency they deserve.

An in-house label printer is especially valuable in these situations. For every change, the label design and format can be immediately customized in your own facility.

What’s more, by owning an in-house label printer, you don’t have to worry about overstock or wasted labels due to changes in regulations. This gives you more flexibility in your printing process, introducing the option of seasonal or promotional runs.

Making your own food & beverage labels gives you the ability to print the exact number of labels you need for what’s in-stock, on-demand.

4. You Deserve to Be In Control of Your Business

Your labels are the face of your brand, so you always want to put your best foot forward.

With outsourced labels, you don’t get to have complete control over your labeling process. Edits take longer, shipments get delayed and labels are bound to be wasted.

In-house printing has evolved with small, tabletop label printers for businesses. These label printers serve as a central database, with the ability to store, revise, locate and print any design on-demand –ultimately opening new doors for small to medium sized businesses.

If you want to be in control of your business or are experiencing any of the above labeling issues, it may be time to consider taking your production line in-house.

QuickLabel specializes in on-demand, tabletop label printers. For someone in the food and beverage industry interested in quality, short-run labels, they are worth looking in to.

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Kiaro! Couples: Get to Know Our Sweethearts

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to get you to know more about the beautiful relationships we’ve brought to life. Especially the lives of our Kiaro! couples.

As you’ve probably seen in our latest Facebook post, we recently named the Kiaro! and Rewinder our couple of the year. After all, they’ve created some wonderful labels together.

But they aren’t the only relationship we’ve taken notice of. Looking back, we realize we’ve become quite the matchmaking system.

While we love all of the customer relationships we’ve created, there are several sweethearts that stand out. Coincidentally, they make some pretty sweet products.

O&H Danish Bakery

The family-owned Danish bakery located in Racine, Wisconsin enhanced the appearance of their bakery labels by printing with the Kiaro! inkjet label printer.

O&H Bakery is known for their traditional Danish Kringle, a flaky oval pastry that takes 3 days to bake, with a variety of seasonal toppings, fillings and icings. They come in flavors such as the Wisconsin, Cream Cheese and one of their most popular, Almond Kringle.

Their Kringle’s are so popular that they are not only enjoyed by President Obama, but by thousands of buyers around the world with varying tastes.

With their online and mail order business, they have order requests for any mix of products come in at any time, giving them no way to predict the exact quantity of labels they need for each type of Kringle.

Finding pre-printed labels costly and wasteful, O&H knew they needed a printer that could accommodate for the unpredictability of demand.

With the Kiaro!, O&H not only avoids having to purchase large quantities of pre-printed labels, but is now able to print labels in short-run batches for its growing mail order business and custom corporate gift program, whenever they’re needed.

After bringing this Kiaro! couple together, they not only earned new customers, but earned more business from their existing customers.

“I’m a firm believer that people eat with their eyes…We really want good detail to well represent the image that we are trying to portray on the label, and I think that the Kiaro! printer does just that for us.”– Eric Olesen, Owner, O&H Bakery

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie Shoppe™

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe knows all things key lime.

Despite what you may have thought, their signature item is not just their delectable key lime pies. They are known for their wide variety of sauce and dressing concoctions and especially their dark chocolate pie bars, which are shipped throughout the country.

kermitsEven though they produce thousands of orders, they still have the need to make a lot of their products in small, artisan batches, on-demand.

Instead of continuing to grasp at predictions for label demand based on what products they might create or ship, resulting in excessive inventory of labels, Kermit’s realized they needed something that would give them labels in a moment’s notice – and they found that in the Kiaro!.

When Kermit’s met the Kiaro!, you could say it was love at first print…err, bite…I mean, sight! They were able to print whatever they needed, fast.

Lucky for them, the Kiaro! is a good investment for anyone who prints in small batches, or needs control over quantity. What’s more, the Kiaro! never diminishes their company color or label quality. It supports their branding fully.

Printing in 1200 dpi, Kermit’s now has the ability to print consistent and intricate color labels that are nothing less than eye-catching. Look at this Kiaro! couple, what a pair!

“It’s rare that I will print 2,000 of a particular label. I’m much more likely to print 75 of something and 200 of another, and [it’s a good investment] to have the flexibility to be able to do that on the fly.”— Karen Puglisi, Sales and Marketing Director, Kermit’s

Amoretti®

Hailing from Oxnard, CA, Amoretti does things a little differently.

Instead of making the sweets and treats, they supply the ingredients for executive chefs, gourmet pastry makers and food and beverage brands to make products taste just right. This includes high quality ingredients and flavorings such as first-class syrups, coffee flavorings, pastry ingredients and especially their premium martini mixes.

amorettiWhat else was different about Amoretti? Well, they weren’t exactly monogamous in their needs. In other words, they loved the Kiaro! so much, they wanted more.

Two more to be exact.

Why? Because their trio of Kiaro!’s was exactly what they were looking for.

You see, Amoretti wanted to be able to properly showcase the quality of their products, while still being able to maintain the rate at which they produced new and existing products.

Some Amoretti flavorings sell faster than others, so they needed a match that was versatile but still able to produce high quality labels to match their high quality products.

It’s not that one Kiaro! didn’t do the job for them, not at all. Printing consistently at 8 ips (40 feet per min) and in 1200dpi on demand, they just wanted more of what they had found to support their growing business.

And who could blame them?

With their Kiaro!’s, Amoretti is not only able to keep up with their extremely fast and fresh production schedule, but they can now create custom labels with the most intricate detail, readable barcodes and accurate nutrition labels.

“Our products are high-end pastry ingredients. We’re on the top shelf. Our Kiaro! printers allow us to look that way.” – Nick Squires, IT and Social Media Coordinator, Amoretti

Browndog Creamery

Last but certainly not least, we made quite the match with Browndog Creamery.

Located in the heart of downtown Northville, Michigan, they’re a “micro-creamery” that brings customers delicious and unique handcrafted ice creams. Some of their seasonal flavors include Gingerbread, Old Man Winter, Boozy Eggnog and the ever popular French Press Mocha.

browndogThey had a lot of needs, but it certainly wasn’t their fault. As a micro-creamery, they make small batches, rare flavors and unique products all with very limited supplies.

Not only did they need a fast, reliable but quality printer, they had very specific requirements our Kiaro! had to meet.

Requirements like producing labels that withstand the freezing temperatures necessary for storing ice cream or delivering flexibility to meet continuous product rotation.

You see, instead of mass producing the same flavors of ice cream, Browndog only makes small batches that rotate and change frequently.

When they found out their ‘cool personality’ didn’t faze the Kiaro! labels (which can withstand temperatures from -65°F to 147°F), they knew they were meant to be together. After all, everyone has baggage. While living with the proverbial cold shoulder can be difficult, it wasn’t a problem for either of them.

Now, Browndog Creamery and the Kiaro! work together to create their own vibrantly cool custom labels printed in-house –labels that love pairing with Browndog’s ice cream cartons!

“The Kiaro! has been a wonderful fit in our business, it allows us to make these very small run labels and customize them to everything that we needed to do.” – Paul Gabriel, Co-Owner, Browndog Creamery

Why Our Kiaro! Couples Are A Success

A lot of our customers had relationship issues with their previous printing choices – relationships that didn’t give them the flexibility they needed or satisfy their businesses’ profound label desires.

But they found that printing flexibility and satisfaction with the Kiaro!. They realized that they had found a reliable partner for the short runs and the long runs; the unexpected and the little things.

You see, the Kiaro! supports you and your business to the fullest, making it the perfect sweetheart. It gets you through thick and thin, always delivering the best print quality for your labels regardless of its pace.

That’s the kind of love and security our customers, and everyone else, deserves. And we are beyond happy to have been involved in creating such fruitful relationships.

Questions About Your Own Label Printing?

Read how the Kiaro! digital label printer lets you print gorgeous labels, reduces excess label inventory, saves you time and allows your business to become more profitable.

Or contact us today by giving us a call, sending us an email or deciding to schedule your own Kiaro! demonstration!

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Browndog Creamery Keeps it Cool with the Kiaro!

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Browndog Creamery’s Micro Batch Gourmet Ice Cream Meets Micro Batch Label Printing

With an ever-changing variety of ice cream flavors as evocative as Dragon Bite, Tuscan Sun, Buttered Berry Brioche, and French Press Mocha, the owners of Browndog Creamery needed a labeling solution that could adapt to label changes on-the-fly.

For example, they may need 20  labels for Triple Vanilla this morning, and 15 for Mystery Cookie this afternoon.  Luckily for owners Brian Scherle and Paul Gabriel, they found the Kiaro! label printer to print labels for their pints of ice cream on demand, in the exact quantity that they need.

Watch How Browndog Uses the Kiaro! for All Their Gourmet Creations:

Browndog Creamery, a “micro-creamery” located in the heart of downtown Northville Michigan, west of Detroit, brings customers delicious and unique handcrafted ice creams.

Being a micro-creamery, as explained by co-owner Paul Gabriel, “basically means that we make our ice cream in very small batches. We’re not a mass factory where we make thousands of gallons of ice cream. We make about four or five gallons at a time for each flavor.”

Browndog Creamery’s unique flavor combinations are all created in-house by Gabriel and Scherle. “I always tell people I refuse to make butter pecan, so instead we make a bourbon pecan,” said Gabriel. “For our Cinco de Mayo we made a Holy Guacamole ice cream, and that’s the type of stuff that we really like: the really unique, creative stuff that you’re not going to find anywhere else. “

The Perfect Label For Every Single Batch

Browndog rotates flavors of ice creams so frequently because each batch made in their micro-creamery is only a few gallons. Even before they opened their business, they knew that using pre-printed labels wouldn’t make any sense, because buying minimum orders of labels would lead to excessive costs and way too much label inventory for their small backroom.

gourmet ice cream labels“I knew we would be running small batches of ice cream and I didn’t want to take an inventory of a hundred or a thousand labels of one flavor because I knew we might only need ten,” said Gabriel. “The Kiaro! has been a wonderful fit in our business to allow us to make these very small run labels and customize them to everything that we needed to do.”

“Being able to create products and without having to go to a mass printing,” has been a boon to business said Scherle. “Using the Kiaro! printer to label our ice cream, and to create amazing and attractive packaging is just part and parcel of creating our products.”

Scherle described his first impressions of the Kiaro!, “When it was delivered I found that it’s bright purple. Upon seeing it, I was pleasantly surprised that the Kiaro! looks as fun as it is to use.  It’s a good addition to our shop.”

Kiaro! Labels Handle Freezing Temps  

One of Browndog’s chief concerns was whether or not their Kiaro! labels would stand up to the freezing temperatures necessary for storing ice cream.

“The synthetic material that we use for the pint labels is pretty resistant to water best label printerand we actually label the pints after they’ve gone through the freezing process,” said Gabriel.  “We were a little skeptical about how they would adhere to a frozen pint, but the Kiaro! labels do quite well.”

“It’s surprising how fast the printer is,” said Gabriel.  “We have taught some of our employees how to use the Kiaro! and besides its flexibility and other benefits, it’s also very easy to use. The first time one of our managers used it she thought, ‘oh goodness I have to print out 150 labels that’s going to take all day’ and they started to come out and she was trying hard to keep up with the printer, and roll labels up so they weren’t all over the floor, it was actually quite humorous,” added Scherle. “The print speed is amazing.”

More Questions About Label Printing?

Read here how the Kiaro! digital label printer lets you print gorgeous labels, while reducing excess label inventory, saving you time, and allowing you to make more money. The Kiaro! gives you control over your entire labeling process, and allows you to more affordably label your products.

Or, give us a call, send us an email, or schedule your own Kiaro! demonstration today!

About Browndog Creamery…

frozen food label printerBrowndog Creamery is a gourmet ice cream shop and dessert bar on East Main St. in Northville, MI. “Browndog started off as an ice cream line,  but we also now have a retail space where we sell t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and gift cards; along with our own unique blend of coffee,” said co-owner Brian Scherle. “Plus, we now have a pastry chef who is making anything from a simple ice cream cakes all the way up to wedding cakes and specialized cookies, so we’re becoming a full-fledged creamery and dessert bar.”

Stop by their gourmet ice cream shop and dessert bar on 118 East Main St. in Northville, MI, visit them on Facebook, follow them on twitter @browndogcreamery, and stop by their website Browndogcreamery.com

 

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