In the food and beverage industry, the nutrition facts table is an important part of the product label. Displayed directly on your product, the Canadian Nutrition Facts table (US, European, etc.) must be accurate and updated to governmental changes.
If you are a consumer or business owner, it is important to understand and use the nutrition facts label correctly. Hand-in-hand with the ingredient listing, the nutrition facts table is required on most packaged foods in many countries.
Changes to the Canadian Nutrition Facts Table
On December 14th, the Canadian FDA announced changes to be made to their nutrition facts table.
They released a statement regarding these major upcoming changes, explaining, “We’re making improvements to the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on food labels based on feedback from Canadians and stakeholders. The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes. This means that you might start seeing new food labels as early as 2017.”
Some of the major label changes include:
- Serving size more consistent to easily compare to similar foods & know how many calories and nutrients are being consumed
- Increased calorie font size
- New % daily value, % daily sugars value and footnote
- Clearly defined list of sugars included within ingredient list
You can review the full article statement here.
So what does this mean to you?
There will be a much greater need for the flexibility of changing, altering and updating label information on demand.
So who does this affect?
If you are a food/beverage industry business owner in Canada, these Canadian Nutrition Facts changes will affect your production line, label design and product distribution overall. However, this change is not limited to Canadian businesses.
If you are a global company and/or a company who distributes products to Canada, all labels containing the nutrition facts table must change to adhere to the new Canadian FDA rulings.
How can you make these adjustments easier on your business?
It’s simple. With the need for specific, on-demand labels you will require private labeling.
The only downfall to this is the additional expenses that come with outsource label companies, including shipping time and labeling errors.
If this is a concern, an in-house color label printer is your solution.
Using your own color label printer will allow you to make these changes to your product labels in your own facility, saving you the time and money spent on outsourcing.
With label values, listings and percentages becoming more specific, owning your own label printer will let you make changes to your labels or create new ones on your own production line.
These changes are coming soon. Getting a head start on such a significant change is never a bad idea.
Learn more about quality on-demand color label printer options today.
Posted in UncategorizedFebruary 9, 2016
Have you heard you can simplify your manufacturing process with Kanban cards? If you’re in the manufacturing industry, you should.
Kanban cards originated from the Japanese term “Kanban” meaning “visual sign” or “signal.” The physical cards became widely used during the 1940’s in Toyota’s manufacturing process to improve work flow and efficiency.
The simplicity of the cards allow for quick comprehension, ease of use and accurate control of inventory in the workplace.
Working in the manufacturing industry, you know how beneficial the Kanban cards are.
They help your company keep track of the parts you have, the parts (and therefore orders) you need, the deliveries you have scheduled or should schedule, and the demand of your products internally and externally.
But what makes the Kiaro! the ideal color label printer for Kanban cards? A lot of things.
The Kiaro! appreciates the need for high quality.
With the Kiaro!, you are not limited to having only a barcode or color code — you have the ability to include photo-quality pictures of the product or part along with a full product description on the card as well.
This makes it easier to verify a complete visual of what it is you need.
What’s more, you can print your cards in full color and 1200 dpi resolution. With that said, you’ll be sure to print with the finest detail and color accuracy.
This is especially useful for not only images, but the color coded cards distributed amongst different product lines.
And what’s more valuable than yours?
The Kiaro! has the ability to print at 8 inches per second. The edges are even perforated, so you can produce your prints as needed and separate them just as easily.
It certainly knows how to maintain productivity. No scissors, no cutting and no measuring needed. You can also check out our label slitter for larger productions.
It’s even easier than you thought. Just grab it and go.
The Kiaro! is never wasteful.
A forecast is usually one of two things: lucky or wrong.
Instead of having to predict how many cards to order, the Kiaro! gives you the ability to print your Kanban cards on demand.
Now, you’ll always meet your company’s needs. No more wasted supplies and no more storage rooms full of extras. You can print in batches of one and cut to custom lengths immediately with the optional Kiaro! tag cutter.
And, if you need to change something, you can reconfigure a process instantly without being burdened by the cost of scrapping pre-printed cards. You have the ability to respond to what’s actually being done and fulfill your precise needs with the highest accuracy.
All in all, these little cards make a big impact – but they can also become a significant pain to stay on top of.
With the Kiaro!, the process of producing Kanban cards remains effortless — and the possibilities endless.
It’s your visual indicator, it’s your reminder and it’s your record keeper.
Make your Kanban cards with the Kiaro! label printer and you’ll have everything your team needs to know on that little card.
The Kiaro! delivers Kanban cards efficiently, precisely and in a manner that’s most beneficial to you and your company’s continuous improvement initiatives.
Any Questions on How We Can Help Simplify Your Manufacturing Process with Kanban Cards?
To learn more about how the Kiaro! color label printer can save you time, money, and provide you with highly accurate 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!
Posted in Labeling Standards, QuickLabel products, Uncategorized | Tagged barcode labels, barcodes, color code, color labels, custom labels, digital color label printers, industrial labeling, industrial labels, inkjet label printer, just in time labels, kanban, kanban cards, Kiaro!, Kiaro! inkjet label printer, Kiaro! label printer, label printer, label slitter, labeling, labels, Manufacturing, manufacturing labels, on demand labels, on demand printing, printer, product description, product identifier, product identifier labels, product labels, quicklabel, Quicklabel Systems, shipping labels, tag cutterJune 3, 2015
When it’s your business and your brand, you have the best ideas for your labels.
And when it comes to turning creative ideas into professional labels that you print yourself, the Kiaro! label printer is the best option for any business, large or small.
If you are curious as to how or why, just watch this fun video!
Want to discuss your own ideas for custom-packaging your product line? We’re listening. Just give us a call at 877-757-7978 (USA) or +1-401-828-4000 (outside of USA) and we’ll give you our best advice!
We’d also love to show you some examples of the kinds of labels you can print. Let us know what day and time is convenient, and we’ll happily drive to your location in-person with a Kiaro! label printer and demonstrate how it works.
Posted in UncategorizedApril 1, 2015
QuickLabel has been getting a lot of calls lately about the Kiaro!. Apparently there is an unintended consequence to its high speed. Of course, we value safety first. To that end, we have released a software update. Click here!March 4, 2015
QuickLabel: Tell me about one of the most interesting jobs you held before becoming an MSS!
Jasmine Lalumiere: The most interesting and one of the most rewarding jobs I held before becoming an MSS was working at Target. Working in the retail industry helps you to get to know people face to face, and helps you develop basic, yet essential sales skills. Not only that, but you meet some of the most interesting people along the way. There are constantly different situations which can prove to be highly stressful, but at the same time help build you as a stronger, more efficient sales person.
QL: What surprises you about being an MSS?
JL: There are always surprises as an MSS, but I think the one thing that surprises me the most is the friends and allies you can make in this position. You get to know your customers like the back of your hand without (usually) ever meeting them face to face. Some of them you talk to more than your own family! It’s pretty surprising how impossibly busy it can get too! I can’t say I have ever held a job that has kept me so busy each and every day; not that that is a problem, I love being busy!
QL: Tell us about your goals for this position.
JL: Ultimately, my goals in this position are to strengthen myself as a sales professional and hone in on those skills each day in order to help this company achieve its goals. I have had a strong passion for this company and the products it sells since I first started here as an order entry clerk. That passion helps drive me to try and achieve my own personal goals and helps me enjoy my job every single day. I would eventually like to take on more responsibility and try to make an even bigger impact than I do now.
QL: What are your hobbies outside of work?
JL: I love reading, playing video games, hanging out with my dogs and cats, hiking, shopping, etc.
QL: Do you have any insights now that you’re a college graduate?
JL: I am glad that I have accomplished my bachelor’s degree. However, now I would really like to further my education and pursue my master’s as well. I am constantly trying to educate myself on various topics. As for insights, well I would say that it was worth it. These days, not having a degree is a killer, so I would recommend going for it to try and better yourself!
QL: If you could have lunch with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
JL: Oh, that’s a tough one. I’m not the type of person who would enjoy eating with your typical celebrity. I would actually love to eat lunch with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He is one of the most intellectual and interesting physicists I have ever listened to. His radio show, Star Talk is pretty amazing and Cosmos is pretty phenomenal too. He talks about not only this planet, but everything outside if it. Incredible human being right there.March 4, 2015
What is the Drug Quality Security Act?
The Drug Quality Security Act (DQSA) is an important US law that aims to create and establish an electronic traceability system for pharmaceutical drugs. As of January 2015, the new serialization system began.
What is a DQSA-Compliant Label?
With this new policy, prescription drugs will now be tracked by the FDA. They’ll be tracked down to the individual dose by a serial number that will be printed right on the label of your prescription drugs. The serial number will be stored in an FDA database. If you’re wondering what the label needs to look like, it’ll be something like this:
But what truly are the benefits of traceability? Well, first and foremost, it’s important to comply with federal regulations. But, besides that, you can actually enhance the reputation of your brand, and draw attention to your safe practices.
Along with those benefits, traceability also:
- Promises consumer safety
- Protects your product from fraud and counterfeiting
- Improves your product’s efficiency
- As of January 2015, the lot-level traceability system begins.
- As of late November of 2017, manufacturers will be required to serialize pharmaceutical products.
- By November 27, 2023, the law will require the complete transition to an electronic, interoperable traceability system at the package level. (source)
Why do we need the DQSA?
The DQSA keeps consumers safer. You may recall the incident in 2013 in which a strain of fungal meningitis was spread via a small compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The DQSA was strengthened as a direct result of that event.
The new DQSA serialization requirement will allow the FDA to view a product’s history, much like a browsing history on an Internet application. By allowing the FDA to view history, it will enable suspect products and illegitimate products to be sniffed out and taken care of before a consumer gets to them.
Who Does the DQSA affect?
- Wholesale distributors
- Third-party logistics
All of these groups will have different rules to follow when it comes to complying with the Drug Quality and Security Act.
- Manufacturer: When the DQSA defines a manufacturer, it means a company that:
“(A) Holds an application approved under section 505 or such a license issued under section 351 or the Public Health Service Act for such a [pharmaceutical] product, or if such a product is not the subject of an approved application or license, the person who manufactured the product.
(B) a co-licensed partner of that company
(C) an affiliate of that company that receives the product directly from the producer or a co-licensed partner (Section 581)
- Re-Packager: A re-packager is considered “a person who owns or operates an establishment that repacks and re-labels a product or package for further re-sale or distribution without a further transaction.” (Section 581)
- Third Party Logistics:Third Party Logistics is the activity of outsourcing activities related to Logistics and Distribution. (Logistics List)
- Wholesale Distributor: A Certified Wholesale Distributor is a company who handles the wholesale shipments for the manufacturer of a product (or in some cases is the product manufacturer). They have a warehouse, distribution center and ship products directly to the retailer. (World Wide Brands)
Your product labels can do more than just comply with the DQSA serialization requirement. They can show your commitment to safety by using photos, graphics, and color codes to assists patients and caregivers. Printing a color label with a photo of a pill that matches the correct dosage, printing a label with a photograph of a patient, and printing labels with color coded areas will all increase patient safety. We recommend that you investigate the benefits of using a Kiaro! color label printer to print your pharmaceutical labels.
If You Want to Know More…
- Drug Quality & Security Act: Meeting Supply Chain Responsibilities http://www.fdli.org/docs/dqsa-2014/e-jungman_fdli-dqsa-2-20-14.pdf?sfvrsn=0
- Pharmaceuticals, Traceability, E-Pedigree, and Obama’s ‘Other’ Healthcare Law http://supplychaindharma.com/pharmaceuticals-traceability-e-pedigree-obama-healthcare-law
- Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/drugintegrityandsupplychainsecurity/drugsupplychainsecurityact/
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged color label printer, digital color label printers, DQSA, DQSA compliance, DQSA labeling, FDA, inkjet label printer, Kiaro!, Kiaro! inkjet label printer, Label, label design, label printer, labeling, labels, pharmaceutical packaging, quicklabel, Quicklabel SystemsAugust 26, 2014
We made a movie trailer!
If you’re involved with designing labels – especially if your labels need to promote your products on the retail shelves – then you don’t want to miss this.
As in-house label designers, your labels mean a lot, not only to you, but to your company and to your customers.
Your label could be the difference between “Do I really need this?” and the sweet sound of someone swiping your product past the scanner at the checkout counter.
What’s the Label to Win video series?
Label to Win is a series of four info-packed videos that will give you tips on how to make your label design the BEST-looking label design that it can be, so that your brand can compete – and win – on the shelf.
Still not sure?
Well, you could use these videos as an excuse for some down time. While you’re at it, grab your favorite snack, relax in your chair, and watch them all back-to-back. A little self TLC never hurt anyone! Not only will you get a couple of minutes to relax, but you’ll also get some crucial knowledge that you might have not known.
Okay, but how will these videos benefit me?
While watching the Label to Win video series, you’ll learn how to create a label that snags the attention of your potential customer in an instant. Not only will will these videos help you learn how to entice your customers, but they’ll also help you learn how to keep your customers enticed.
You’ll get dozens of tips on picking a color scheme, positioning your mandatory information, and learning how to create your label so that it gives you more attention on social media, but that’s not all.
But my company has been designing labels for a while, why should I watch these videos?
Regardless of how long you have been designing your labels, you should watch the series. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started out, or if you’ve been doing them for a while – everyone could benefit from a little professional advice on label design from the QuickLabel experts!
You want to be the best label on the shelf, and with a QuickLabel printer, you’re already halfway there! The trick is, however, your label design.
Who knows? Maybe when you watch the Label to Win video series, you’ll learn a new technique that you’ve never applied to your labels before. Maybe you’ll see everything that you’ve already been doing, but where’s the harm in knowing that you’re doing the right thing? Let me answer that for you: there isn’t any harm at all!
So why not take a peek when the Label to Win video series comes out? You won’t regret it.
Posted in UncategorizedJune 16, 2014
Well, guys, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s been a month! It truly feels like no more than a week ago when I first walked in. I realize that a month of time in this office goes by quite quickly, as it did in my mind, but while your month of May was simply another 31 days here in the wonderful QuickLabel family, for me it was a formative experience as I learned about working in a professional, office environment. It’s hard to believe that this will be my last post. But, nonetheless, I’m extremely thankful and happy to have had the opportunity to intern here with you all.
I’ll most certainly miss the routine and the dynamic between the Marketing team that to which I’ve grown accustomed here. From my introductory post to my good-bye post, and everything in between, I’ve become used to the concept of updating the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m definitely going to miss representing the QuickLabel community in the online world. And how can I forget the always funny banter within the office that brightened everyone’s day!
As for my plans after this, I am set to graduate high school on June 6th. Shortly after that, on June 15th, I leave for Maine to be a Camp Counselor at a sleep away camp called Camp Wekeela. That lasts until August 15th, at which point I return home to prepare to move in to Cornell on August 21st. So, I have a pretty busy summer ahead of me!
A special thanks to April for being an amazing supervisor to me and always offering constructive edits on my writing. The same goes for Charles who was a phenomenal co-worker, always giving constructive criticism to help me gain experience in the field. And my blog posts would have been significantly less pretty without Michael providing me with wonderfully designed photos and helpful formatting tips. One big “thank you” goes out to everybody in the QuickLabel family. All of you have been so accepting, helpful, and supportive of me, and I couldn’t be more grateful!
Posted in UncategorizedMay 9, 2014
My name is David Golding and I will be a Marketing Communications intern here at QuickLabel for the rest of this month! I look forward to meeting all of the people who work around the office here, as well as learning more in-depth about the integral role marketing plays for QuickLabel. I am very much looking forward to dealing with the social media aspects of QuickLabel by updating and posting to the blog, Facebook, and Twitter, while also getting to know customers through social media interaction.
I am currently concluding my senior year of high school at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. I’ve already finished up with my formal coursework for the year (save for a couple exams), and am looking forward to my graduation on June 6th. But before I can graduate, Rocky Hill requires me to complete a “Senior Project”, through which I am afforded the entire month of May to complete an internship in an area of my choosing.
I chose to intern in the field of marketing because it is something I have never had previous experience in, and something I’d potentially like to base my future career around. This month will definitely be a learning experience for me! After high school and the summer, I will be headed to Cornell University for four years.
Throughout my high school career, I’ve tried my best to balance difficult courses with my sports schedule. I play soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and lacrosse in the spring, all for my school. Sports and school are both a significant part of my life, as they both have taught me how to work well with others. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and consider myself to be a fairly friendly, social guy. So if I haven’t met you already, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself to me!
Basically, I’m very excited about this learning opportunity as an intern here at QuickLabel Systems. And I’m sure this is not the last blog post you guys will be seeing from me! I look forward to meeting you all and to what the rest of May has in store for me!October 16, 2013
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, fertilizers, 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
- 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 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.
- A product that can be consumed on a single occasion will be deemed as “single serving”.
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 items 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.
QuickLabel 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.
More Resources About the Food Labeling Modernization Act:
- Time for Food Labeling Reform? Introducing the Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013. http://www.fdalawblog.net/fda_law_blog_hyman_phelps/2013/09/time-for-food-labeling-reform-introducing-the-food-labeling-modernization-act-of-2013-.html
- Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013. http://www.cov.com/files/Publication/911ff55e-db6a-49c4-a119-06854df9ffaa/Presentation/PublicationAttachment/90cc6e1b-c550-4de0-9b11-0f56072158fe/Food_Labeling_Modernization_Act_of_2013.pdf