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

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

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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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QuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

Complete packaging and labeling solutionQuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution

Since introducing the first color label printer in 1994, our goal has been to provide industry best on-demand label printers as a complete packaging and labeling solution.

First color label printerFrom the Sundance in 1994, a four color thermal color digital transfer printer to the original Kiaro! in 2010 to the new QL-240 in 2017, we have always striven to provide innovative, high-quality printing technologies that make the lives of customers easier.

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Continuing to push the progressive envelope, QuickLabel’s parent company, AstroNova®, recently acquired a new division that specializes in larger, more versatile printing systems.

In February 2017, our business unit expanded to include TrojanLabel™, a growing force in the digital label press, overprinting and specialty printers industry.

Who is TrojanLabel?

Beginning in Denmark in 2012, TrojanLabel has globally revolutionized color printing technology with the production of their digital color label presses and specialty printer systems for a broad range of end markets.

Trojan2 label printing pressDesigned with higher volume and professional applications in mind, TrojanLabel is an obvious choice for anyone considering larger-scale, specialty printing systems.

A fantastic complement to our tabletop label printers, TrojanLabel products include the T3-OP (Trojan3), a digital professional packaging and converting overprinting system and the T2 (Trojan2), a sophisticated digital label mini press.

To learn more about TrojanLabel, feel free to visit the TrojanLabel website.

What Does This Acquisition Mean for QuickLabel?

To put it simply, the Product Identification unit of AstroNova will include QuickLabel and TrojanLabel. This means, in addition to specializing in tabletop labeling systems, AstroNova Product Identification will also support TrojanLabel’s specialty overprinting and digital press systems.

While QuickLabel and TrojanLabel remain separate divisions, both will fall under the same business unit of the AstroNova parent company.

How Does This Benefit You?

Ultimately, the acquisition of TrojanLabel amplifies the strength and capabilities of both brands, known leaders in their industry.

Gregory A. Woods, AstroNova’s President and Chief Executive Officer, shares, “QuickLabel and TrojanLabel provide customers with a broad portfolio of products spanning tabletop printers and light-production label printers as well as advanced specialty printing systems.”label printers and overprinting printing presses

As a whole, we are now able to provide products, services and supplies that improve the consumers’ ability to track and market their products in small to large scale businesses, spanning all industries.

With additional options to match your specific needs, we can now deliver a wider range of application specific packaging and labeling solutions — furthering our goal to provide the complete packaging and labeling solution.

Where Can You See the New TrojanLabel Products?

We are pleased to announce for the first time ever, QuickLabel and TrojanLabel will be showing together at PACK EXPO 2017 in Booth #C-2731.

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Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this will be an exclusive event for all PACK EXPO attendees.

While we expect to host many trade shows together down the line, this is your chance to get ahead of your competition.

We are pleased to officially be able to provide the best solutions from tabletop label printers to specialty and digital printing presses for consumers worldwide.

We’re looking forward to seeing all those who plan on attending #PACKEXPO2017 for our exclusive first show together!

 

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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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Packaged for Your Valentine: Is Seasonal Packaging Worth It?

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

It’s that time of year again. You’re probably used to seeing pink and red hearts, fluffy bears, seasonal packaging and Cupid whizzing around by now. As soon as the winter holidays come to a close, it’s time to share the love.

But does it really work?

Do consumers really prefer the Valentine version of your product?

According to Packaging Digest, 65% of US consumers prefer seasonal packaging to regular packaging.

That means over half of US consumers are more likely to reach for the seasonal themed batch of goods. It’s all about the visual appeal.

Think about it, the main reason chocolates and baked goods are purchased during the month of February is due to the nature of Valentine’s Day. In spirit, the consumer will reach for the red heart chocolate bag instead.

According to the Complete Guide to Seasonal Packaging by Mary Davies, “in order to stay competitive with the big brands it is essential that you adopt seasonal packaging.”

In a Label & Narrow Web article, Superbrands founder Marcel Knobil supports Davies statement by expressing, “Thanks to impressive print packaging, brands can seduce customers into a change of purchasing vote at the point of purchase. We would end up with less brand and more bland were it not for the attention that the packaging attracts.”

So seasonal packaging is the right idea, but how do you know if it’s the right idea for you?

Unfortunately, it does depend on what industry you are in. A company that sells plastic tubing would not benefit as much as a company known for their gourmet chocolates.

Davies expands, “a bakery is much more likely to benefit from changing their packaging than a stationary supplier. Think about your business model, your products and your customers and then decide whether there would be a benefit to using seasonal packaging.”

So if seasonal packaging is right for you, there are two important things to remember before you get started:

  1. Don’t confuse your customer
    By not make your designs similar to another product you already offer, it could confuse your customer and cause them to shy away from the product altogether.
  2. Don’t overestimate
    If you don’t have your own in-house label printer, it’s easier to make your packaging labels a limited time offer vs. overstocking on labels that will ultimately go to waste.

Whether you are a business small or large, it is definitely worthwhile to invest in seasonal packaging.

But where do you start?

To get the creative juices flowing, we’ll leave you with Hornall Anderson’s top tips of incorporating holiday packaging into your business:

  1. Create a tradition
    Pair your product with something extra in the spirit of the season, and keep it going each year.
  2. Make collectibles
    Packages that are part of a set or able to be repurposed in an innovative way.
  3. Make gifting easier
    Gifting through unique or personalized packaging is beautiful enough to be a gift itself.
  4. Create a campaign
    Build “fanfare” around your product launch.
  5. If you can’t avoid clichés, have fun with them!
    Look for visual and tonal treatments that evoke the season without being overly dependent on overused symbols, or look for ways to turn them on their head.

Interested in creating seasonal or in-house labels today? Check out our website to learn more.

 

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In-House Label Printers Are a Huge Benefit for University and College Dining Food

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

Did you know that printing labels in-house can save you time and money? When you need to mass produce your food selection, taking control of your labeling process can be a huge benefit for university and college dining food.

When relying on an outside print-house you have to keep track of your label inventory. Do you have enough chicken salad labels, or are you running out? You probably order thousands of pre-printed labels that take up valuable storage space.

There are many benefits of printing your own labels, especially in the prepared food industry:

  • Precisely print 3-point font to list every ingredient & vitamin percentage
  • Create use-by dates for perishable prepared foods on an as-needed basis
  • Additionally print barcodes, expiration dates and prices

jodys_labelsPrinting your own university and college dining food labels is a great idea, but it can also become a costly process. It takes a lot to create your product, package it, include the correct nutrition facts, have the correct barcode and make sure you have enough labels in stock.

With QuickLabel color label systems, your process gets a whole lot easier.

No longer will you have to wait for your pre-printed label orders or deal with the chaos of misprints. QuickLabel printers allow you to easily print your own food labels, including nutrition facts, barcodes, pricing, expiration dates and stunning imagery all in one round.

University and College Dining Services Departments across the USA are printing their own custom food labels for sandwiches, salads, snacks and other prepared foods using a desktop QuickLabel color label printer.

QuickLabel offers a variety of color label printers, varying from label width, length, and speed.

With QuickLabel inkjet label printers, you can easily find the right fit, instantly printing food labels in short runs for all campus special events – holidays, sporting events, fundraisers, camps, conferences, and campus activities. Pair your new food creations and familiar menu-favorites with brilliant customized labels that you design yourself, right in your kitchen or office.img_8861

Using our label printers, you can specialize in printing vibrant, beautiful color food labels that attract diners. Our selection prints from 300 to 1600 dpi quality for lavish and appetizing images.

It’s also versatile enough to print basic one-color or solid full-bleed labels for any color combination. And of course, it can print barcodes, expiration dates, and prices!

Hear for yourself!

Dave’s Marketplace is Rhode Island’s largest independent grocer, and prints hundreds of thousands of food labels for its produce and prepared foods with the Kiaro! color label printer. See what they had to say:

“It’s a fabulous machine. I don’t know how I did some of the stuff I did without it… From a design standpoint right down to final production – it will produce anything you want.”
– Steve Alfaia, POS Coordinator & Graphic Designer, Dave’s Marketplace

With us, you can create quality labels that help you stand out from the competition.

See our full list of customer testimonials to learn more.

Because our label printers print in up to an astonishing 1600 dpi, you can print the most intricate, readable barcodes for any P.O.S. The fine detail is perfect for nutrition labels which contain a lot of information in a small amount of space. QuickLabel printers can even print 3-point font so you can list every ingredient, and every vitamin percentage, on every one of your university and college dining food options.ql_111_800_kiaro

The ability to print in 300-1600dpi with excellent precision ensures the quality of your label, ultimately catching the eyes of consumers with its stunning and completely customizable design.

QuickLabel not only provides all the requirements for your prepared food & beverage labels, we make your products look great!

With over 40 years of experience and reliability, we have the resources to guarantee the best quality product on the market.

Improve your work flow today and see for yourself! Schedule an in-person demonstration with us.

One of our trained technicians will come to your facility and use your artwork to print your labels on one of our QuickLabel printers.

Or, contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!

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What Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have to Offer Its Clients?

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

There’s more to labels than meets the eye. Whether you are using a QuickLabel printer or another brand of desktop label printer, serious consideration needs to be given to the label facestock and the adhesive. Nobody wants their food labels peeling off their refrigerated products, right? That’s why we’re here, to make it easy for you. So what label materials does QuickLabel have to offer?

We have four main types of labels and ribbons, each with a variety of options to best suit your product and design, whether it is for our printer or a competitor’s.

So What Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have?

Inkjet Labels

QuickLabel’s specially developed materials absorb inks extremely fast so that printed labels do not smear or smudge. With QuickLabel label stocks, you buy peace of mind & performance at an affordable price.

img_8861Tire Labels: Yes, we make inkjet tire labels.  Our unique PET label stock withstands high temperatures, moisture, will not be affected by rubber out-gassing and will definitely not come off your tires.  With 40 grams of low-ooze, next generation hot melt adhesive, you’ll be in business.

Beer Labels: We have high gloss inkjet paper labels with a water-soluble adhesive that disintegrates after a few minutes in 100F water.  You’ll be able to send your bottles out for cleaning without a hitch!

Drum Labels: A variety of drum labels are also available, including paper & polypropylene, with aggressive and plasticizer-resistant adhesives.

Freezer Adhesive Labels: Freezer adhesives are available both on glossy paper and on glossy polypropylene label stocks

Cover-up and Removable

We manufacture a variety of cover-up and removable inkjet label stocks.  Just ask and we’ll get you exactly what you need.

Whether you choose a textured paper label for wine labels or a glossy clear synthetic label for cosmetics labels, there is an ideal label for you.

When you place your order, we make your labels fresh from raw material, using our just-in-time production management system.

We carry nearly 100 different label and tag stocks, and if we don’t have the material you’re looking for, we’ll engineer it, test it and produce it to meet your end use requirements.

Just ask one of our Media Sales Specialists!

See how Browndog Creamery uses our inkjet labels to not only create delectable designs to match their delicious ice cream, but how our labels maintain color-fastness and quality even in their freezing storage conditions.

To read descriptions of our inkjet label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Labels

To enhance print performance, QuickLabel’s Media Lab created our line of thermal transfer label materials to produce excellent print quality and end-use durability – especially, but not limited to, use with QuickLabel’s own line of thermal transfer ribbons and label printers.

Our labels produce high-quality printing on other brands of thermal transfer and barcode printers. Just like the inkjet labels, all of our labels are made to order.

quickflex-label-collage-3With QuickLabel, you have the choice of 70+ Materials.

We manufacture and stock over seventy different pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive printing materials – from matte paper labels with freezer adhesive to polypropylene labels with removable adhesive and much more.

To read descriptions of our thermal transfer label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Ribbons (Black or Color)

We also manufacture and sell barcode ribbon (also known as thermal transfer ribbon) for your barcode printer.

Our barcode ribbon is sold at a direct low price, from general-purpose black wax ribbon to black wax-resin ribbon and black resin thermal transfer ribbon for every thermal printer brand.

QuickLabel manufactures the largest variety of spot color thermal transfer ribbons in the industry. No one has as many thermal transfer ribbons colors as us.

  • Black Barcode Printer Ribbon: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin, Special Resin
  • Color Thermal Transfer Ribbons: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin

Laser / LED Labels

We’ve even developed special materials that are capable of withstanding high fusing temperature while producing vivid, long-lasting printed labels that resist moisture, UV light, abrasion, and most solvents – even without lamination.

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Our labels are able to portray highly accurate design and multi-level shading for superior print quality and clarity. To read descriptions of our Laser / LED label and tag materials, click here.

All in all, we have label materials for any and all product labeling requirements. No matter what industry or storage specifications, we make sure our labels always remain durable and maintain high quality.

Our labels are available for competitor printers as well, allowing you to experience the value and ergonomic pricing of our products without owning a QuickLabel printer.

To shop our complete list of labels and ribbons and learn more about what we offer, visit our supply store!

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Jody’s Popcorn Labels POP! with the Kiaro! Label Printer!

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

In Virginia Beach, Jody’s Popcorn sells freshly made, caramel coated, chocolate drizzled and savory popcorn snacks. With their unique line of product flavors, they rely on their Kiaro! label printer to produce the famous popcorn labels that pop!

What Makes It Gourmet?

jodys_bagsMichael Katz, Vice President of Jody’s Popcorn, explains, “People often ask what gourmet popcorn is. What gourmet means to us is that we use the highest quality ingredients that we can find because we are very concerned about our flavor profile and the quality of our product.”

We traveled to Virginia Beach to get a taste of what Jody’s Popcorn is made of, and see how they use their QuickLabel printer to make their popcorn labels look as good as their freshly popped batches taste.

It’s About Quality AND Quantity

“Our quality is not just about the product, but the overall experience at Jody’s,” stresses Katz, “At our oceanfront store, we make freshly popped popcorn right there.”

While the quality of their popcorn is priority, their quantity demands (no matter how big or small) are important to them as well.

popcornMichael Katz explains, “The oceanfront store grew in popularity. We had lots of demand for our products, so Jody’s leased facilities that were able to produce much larger quantities of popcorn. We were then able to label that product and offer a much wider variety at our oceanfront store, also satisfying the needs of whole sale customers.”

But with that expansion, Jody’s needed a reliable printer that could take on their growth, as well as take care of quick in-store demands. As the business grew, so did Jody’s product line. It became less affordable to order thousands of popcorn labels for all of their many flavors, changing order sizes, and special requests for custom labeling.

“What we had before was outsource printing,” explains Katz, “We were making a lot of products and sending a lot of products to be outsourced. But the cost of having all that inventory sitting on our shelves didn’t seem to make much sense.”

QuickLabel Meets Jody…

Looking for a short-run labeling solution, Jody’s found QuickLabel Systems and the Kiaro! label printer.

michael_katz_kiaroKatz quickly discovered how easy it was to operate a Kiaro!, stating, “My concern then came, how difficult is that to operate? And it was really very simple. Anybody that could operate a printer can operate this printer.”

“When I first saw the Kiaro!, my initial impression was, ‘Wow! It’s not drab, and I’m not interested in printing anything that’s drab.’ So I really connected with that,” reveals Katz, “Once I looked at it operate, I was impressed with the quality of what was being ‘spit out,’ if you will, as finished product. These labels were just coming off and they were beautiful.”

QuickLabel’s Kiaro! Saved Them Time & Money

“Our ability to flourish in both the promotional products industry and the whole sale business has been greatly enhanced by our ability to create custom labels. That gives us the ability to very quickly customize a package for customers. If a particular customer wants to have their farm store on it or their gift store, we’re able to produce that here, quickly, in our facility and put that on the bag and get it out the door,” Katz states.

“There are times when we find that we forgot to order a pre-printed label and we need it right now, or we’ve ordered it, but there’s a problem at the printing company and they can’t deliver the label at the time we expect,” Katz explains.jodys_labels

He expands,“With the Kiaro!, we not only use it to print our custom labels and small quantity product labels, but we also use it as a back-up printer. We can print exactly the same label we send out for our large-runs of pre-printed labels, and the Kiaro! labels look indistinguishable from an outsourced label. It is really a wonderful situation.”

“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,” concludes Katz.

Want More?

To learn more about how the Kiaro! color label printer can save you time, money, and provide you with gorgeous customized color labels, click here.

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

About Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn

Jody’s Gourmet Popcorn of Virginia Beach, VA makes fresh, delectable kettle corn, caramel corn, and flavored seasonal popcorn for all the world to love. Shop in-person at their beautiful ocean front store at 31 Ocean Shops, or online at www.JodysPopcorn.com.

If you’d like to sell Jody’s Popcorn in your own retail store, wholesale pricing and quantities are available. Jody’s makes a great fundraiser for your school or organization with custom packaging for special events and other special orders.

To contact Jody’s, please call 866.797.JODY or visit their Facebook page.

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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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Doc’s Tea Prints On-Demand With Their Kiaro! Label Printer

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

Doc’s Tea is a handcrafted, small-batch beverage brewed by a family of dental health professionals dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. Recently, Dr. Ken Banks, owner of Doc’s Teas, began printing his own labels with the Kiaro! inkjet label printer in order to increase productivity, reduce cost, and dramatically improve label quality on all of their products.

“When I first saw the Kiaro! print I was amazed,” said Dr. Ken Banks, “I was impressed with the application process of the labels with our bottles and the look of the labels.”

We traveled to the home of Doc’s Tea, Inwood, West Virginia, to document how the maker of healthy, low-sugar, bottled sweet teas has increased their production speed, reduced their costs, and enhanced the look of their labels by using a Kiaro! label printer to print their own labels.

“We make our product on demand so that we can deliver a fresh product, not one that’s brewed, bottled and then stored,” said Dr. Ken Banks. Because Doc’s Tea doesn’t allow their teas to sit on shelves, they needed a solution that allowed them to print labels instantly, which eliminated the waiting time and inventory difficulties that come with ordering outside labels.

“The Kiaro! label printer fits in so well for us because it is allowing us to do small batches, to have high quality labels, not to have a large inventory,” says Dr. Ken Banks, “it allows us to brew on demand and to print on demand.”

See for yourself! 

Doc’s Tea, and countless others, have found that printing labels on-demand and in house just makes sense. Schedule a demonstration of a Kiaro! label printer with one of our regional sales managers, who will take a Kiaro! to your facility, and show you what an in-house label printer can bring to your business.

 

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Proposed FDA Labeling Requirements Aim to Make Shoppers Smarter

Posted on by Kelsey Sullivan

When compared to labeling of organic foods, the labeling of conventional foods has been lightly regulated by the FDA. But that may all change soon. As of September 2013, proposed legislation plans to allow the FDA to more tightly control how manufacturers label foods both to communicate and visually present information to consumers.    

 

For years on end, shopping for healthy foods has been a struggle for some consumers due to the confusing labeling on shopping items. New legislation titled, The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013 was announced in September 2013 and aims to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority when it comes to monitoring food and beverage labeling for conventional foods.

To be clear, “conventional food” items are on the opposite end of the spectrum from organic food items. They are foods that are produced with pesticides, insecticides, Label shoppingfertilizers, or hormones. Conventional foods are the subject of the proposed new labeling requirements.

Under this Act, the FDA would be directed to establish a standard symbol system for front-of-packaging (FOP) labeling on conventional foods. Essentially, the Act aims at giving the consumer more knowledge about the food they’re consuming.

 

How your labels might change under the Food Labeling Modernization Act:

Front of Package Standards:

  • If the principle display panel (PDP) does not include summary nutrition information that mirrors the nutritional value of the food, the food will be deemed as misbranded
  • Labeling must use a simple, clear labeling design including calorie and nutrient information

Ingredient Disclosures:

  • The PDP must disclose information regarding use of added color, non-caloric sweeteners, added flavoring and sugar alcohols on all products. Added color disclosure applies to all products excluding, ice creams, butters and cheeses.
  • Declaration of added sugars per serving statement on label.
  • Percent of daily calories recommended for consumption statement will be added.
  • Declaration of caffeine added if amount is 10mg or over from all sources.
  • Ingredient listing formats will be changed for easier reading. Changes include: upper and lower case characters, a non-condensed font type, separation of ingredients with bullet points and a higher color contrast between the text and the background.
  • More regulations would be put in place on use of nutrient content claims for cholesterol, saturated and trans fats.

“Natural” Foods:

  • Natural foods are misbranded if they contain any artificial ingredient or coloring, or if they include ingredients that are chemically altered. Examples of such ingredients include: high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, chemically modified starch, cocoa processed with alkali or any other artificial ingredient specified by the FDA.

Whole Grain Foods:

  • If a product claims that it is “whole grain” or “whole wheat”, the percentage of whole grains or whole wheat must be clearly identified next to the label.
  • In order for a product to be deemed as “healthy”, at least half of the grains in the food have to be whole grain.

Single Serving:

  • A product that can be consumed on a single occasion will be deemed as “single serving”.

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    What new food labels might look like under the Act. (photo provided by www.cspinet.org)

The big picture: what these labeling changes mean

Both the FDA and its Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) have identified these new regulations as top priority and have goals at changing the way that conventional food Nutrition Labelitems are labeled to create smarter and easier shopping experiences for consumers. In their push to create smarter shoppers, the FDA aims to create food labels that are easier to read and understand. Although there is skepticism over whether the bill will actually pass, it will play an important role in proposed FDA regulations that are expected for the coming year.

 

What these changes mean for YOU, and how QuickLabel can help

According to the bill, big changes for food labels are in store. Not only will there be added ingredient information, but the formatting for labels will be changed as well. Under the bill, the FDA would be required to offer guidance on requirements to food manufacturers and likewise, manufacturers would be required to provide documentation to the FDA that validates their claims within 90 days of the request.

kiaro and labelQuickLabel printers are here to help. With the Kiaro! inkjet label printer, labels are printed instantly and label changes can be made easily through our easy-to-use Custom QuickLabel labeling software, allowing you to conveniently change your label designs without having to pre-order entirely new labels for your products. The Kiaro! inkjet label printer will not only save you time and energy ordering new labels, it’s also going to be less expensive than other label printing options.

 

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