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Summer Labeling Woes: Beat the Heat & Humidity

e4e759ed6112791acc31684d9dd7d998With the warmer months fast approaching, producers are gearing up for seasonal product labeling. Heat is an important factor to considering labeling warm weather products. High temperatures and humidity can adversely affect your product labels, causing them to fade, lift and curl. Keeping a few tips and tricks in mind will ensure your labels stand up to the summer months and last the life cycle of your product.

Label Adhesive:

  • Soft pressure adhesives can fail as temperatures increase, causing the binding to liquefy, smear or fail. Adhesives that react adversely to heat can also affect your printers and auto labeling equipment, leaving residue build up that will damage print heads and other components.

Some label stocks are better suited for printing and applying at cooler temperatures. Be sure to use a label stock that is approved for heat and humidity and has a wider application range for warm weather product labeling.

Labels Substrates & liners:

  • Quick changes to temperatures can cause label stock to curl and peel. This occurs because the liner absorbs more moisture than the substrate, making labels harder to apply and increasing the risk of label failure. Film substrates with paper liners are most susceptible to such problems. To avoid potential risks, try testing paper labels on polypropylene liners. The more resistant the liner is to moisture and humidity, the less likely your labels are to lift.

Label Transportation  & Storage

Labels can be exposed to extreme temperatures during shipping. Non-climate controlled shipping containers can often reach heights of over 170 degrees Fahrenheit. To avoid receiving a shipment of labels that are destined for disaster, try sourcing climate controlled shipping methods that protect your labels while they are in route.  Lastly, store your labels in a controlled environment once they arrive at your facility. This ensures your labels will be ready for peak performance when it’s time to apply them to your products.

If climate-controlled transportation and storage are not available, follow these simple steps:

  • Place your product labels in plastic bags or shrink-wrap to protect them from temperature fluctuations.
  • Store your labels on low racks and shelves that are closest to the floor. Do not double stack your labels and make sure to leave a few inches of space between each container and pallet.
  • Acclimate your labels to your environment before applying them to your products. Generally, labels can acclimate within 24 hours. For best results, labels should be stored in locations that do not exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% humidity.

Labels with heavy coat weight adhesives and textured surfaces may require special care. If you are experiencing label failure commonly associated with high temperatures and humidity, please contact sales@imageteklabels.com for assistance.

ImageTek Labels Attends the NHFIEF Snow Day

Supporting Local Students Through Scholarship

ImageTek Labels will join New Hampshire Grocers Association members for the New Hampshire Food Industries Education Foundation Scholarship (NHFIEF) Snow Day on Tuesday,download (14)  February 23, 2016. Held at The Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, attendees will enjoy a day filled with outdoor fun, playing in the powder in support of a good cause. Proceeds from the days event will sponsor college expenses for VT students and be donated on behalf of NHGA. The day includes family fun events like skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and canopy tours. For guests who prefer to stay warm indoors, Mt. Washington Hotel has a Spa, indoor aquatics facility, kids programming as well as shopping and destination area attractions.

What is the NHFIEF Scholarship Program?

The NHFIEF Scholarship Program was established to achieve a number of highly desirable objectives. It helps students with college expenses. It relieves parents of college expenses. It reduces the amount students must work for or borrow in financing an education and it indirectly assists the colleges attended by the winners. The recipients will be awarded this April and notified by June, 2016.

Who Is Eligible for NHFIEF Funding?

High school seniors, and undergraduates who are dependent children of a parent employed by dues-paying NHGA retailer and supplier members.

Full-time students who are part-time employees of by dues-paying NHGA  retailer and supplier members.

The member firm which employment takes place at must be located in New Hampshire (although the student may live in another state).

NHFIEF Scholarship Award

The scholarships will be one-time, non-renewable awards of $1,000. The scholarships will be applied to college expenses at any accredited college, university, and vocational or technical school in the United States. A student may transfer from one college to another and retain the award

For more information about the NHFIEF Snow Day contact the NHGA Office for more information at 603-669-9333

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Cheese Labels: A Producers Guide to Labeling

Cheese labeling has it’s own unique set of specifications set forth by the Department of Food Safety in the state of origin. Producers are challenged with not only creating a label thatCheese Labels provides brand identity and shelf appeal but also contains all the necessary components of a proper nutrition label. By following these guidelines, you will be able to produce a cheese product label that will meet food safety requirements with ease.

NAME OF PRODUCT: First, name your product with either a “Standard of identity” name, the common or usual name of the food or an appropriately descriptive term. The standard of identity must be used if the cheese fits the standard. Examples of standard of identity names include: Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese Common or usual names like String Cheese, Farmers Cheese, Farmers Pepper Cheese, Low-Moisture, Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese. A semisoft cheese spiced or flavored standardized cheeses should be labeled with the spice at the beginning or the end of the cheese name. The spice or flavor name must not be between the cheese variety and the word “cheese”. Examples include Caraway Colby Cheese, Salami Cheddar Cheese, Colby Cheese with Caraway, Cheddar Cheese with Salami (the word cheese must be included in the name of the product). The name of the product must be in a type size that is 50 % the height of the largest print on the label and generally parallel to the base of the package. All words in the name need to be given equal prominence. You cannot make the word cheese or the variety of the cheese used stand out more than the rest of the name. Any optional ingredients that are required to be declared on the label should not be given greater prominence than the name of the food.

NET QUANTITY OF CONTENTS: Next, determine the quantity of your cheese product. The total quantity must be located on the front of the package (the principal display panel). This includes random weight packages. The quantity must be stated in US Customary (e.g., pounds and ounces) and metric units EXCEPT for random weight packages that are labeled at retail. These packages are exempt from the requirements for metric units. When a product exceeds 16 ounces, the net quantity of contents needs to be stated in the largest whole unit (e.g., pound, pint, quart, gallon) and the remaining ounces.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Next, fill in your nutrition facts panel. The Full Format Nutrition Facts panel must be used on packages where the available labeling space is greater than 40 square inches. Single packs of slices, 6 ounce cups of shredded cheese, half moon blocks and large wedges are all package sizes that usually fit this size requirement. If there is less than 40 square inches of label space, the following are allowed in descending order of preference. 1. The column (vertical) display. The table at the bottom is replaced with a sentence stating, “Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.” 2. The tabular display 2. The linear (or string) format of the Nutrition Facts panel. Linear may only be used on packages when the package cannot accommodate a tabular display on any panel. Please note that cheese companies in particular are using the linear format with increasing frequency because they prefer how it looks on the label. This is undesirable and does not comply with NLEA requirements. The label is often designed this way because the companies do not want to use two labels. Remember that Nutrition Facts panels are based on the total available labeling space on the package. For cheese, this is the wrapped block minus the seams.

SERVING SIZE: Once you have completed your full nutrition panel, you must determine the serving size. The serving size could be measured in ounces or by a visual description must be used e.g. 1 ounce (28 g/about 1” cube). For random weight packages, the servings per container should be stated as “varied.” For exact weight packages, servings per container should equal the net weight divided by the serving size. The servings should be rounded to the nearest whole number except those that are between 2 and 5 servings should be rounded to the nearest 0.5 servings. Rounding should be indicated by the word “about.”

INGREDIENTS STATEMENT: In most cases, ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance by weight (most to least). To learn more about whether your cheese qualifies foringredient statement exemptions click here. Cheese producers must use full standard of identity names and common or usual names of the ingredients. Common or Usual Names for Typical Ingredients Used in Dairy Products Ingredient Common or Usual Name skim milk, concentrated skim milk, reconstituted skim, and nonfat dry milk ” skim milk” or “nonfat milk”, concentrated milk, reconstituted milk, and dry whole milk “milk” bacteria culture “cultured ____”(the blank is filled in with the name of the milk used) sweet cream buttermilk, concentrated sweet cream buttermilk, reconstituted sweet cream buttermilk and dried sweet cream buttermilk “buttermilk ” whey, and concentrated whey are common ingredients. All sub-ingredients must be listed. Do not use extra words in the ingredient statement e.g. diced (as in diced peppers), whole (as in whole milk), fresh (as in fresh basil) All added colors result in an artificially colored food. No added color can be declared as “food” or “natural” color. Cheese cannot be called “natural” if it has annatto color. Food ingredients such as garlic, onion and celery cannot be included under the collective term “spice.” They must be listed individually. “Herb” and “herbs” can not be used as collective terms in an ingredient statement. Use the word “spice” or list all spices by name.

For more information about labeling cheese products, visit the Vermont Department of Agriculture. To learn more about having cheese label preprinted for wax and non wax coated products, contact ImageTek Labels.

* Article content was sourced by the T and Wisconsin Agricultural Department approved standards for cheese product labeling.

ImageTek Labels to Attend the NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition

Nh Grocers ImageTek Labels Join ImageTek Labels for the NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition on Wednesday, October 21st. This is by far the associations’ largest annual event, held at the Executive Courthouse Banquet Facility in Manchester, N.H. Suppliers from New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts participate to exhibit their products to an exclusive audience made up of the NHGA’s retail member business owners and decision makers, for independent and chain retail locations throughout New Hampshire.  The program also includes seminars and engaging speakers who will address topics that will help make running your business more productive and prosperous.


NH Grocers Exposition Event Registration

Event attendees must submit an entry form prior to the event. Registration is FREE for Retailers. Full Registration includes a continental breakfast, morning & afternoon sessions, luncheon and drawing entry. Follow the links below for event details.

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Download Sponsorship & Advertising Form.

Download Exhibitor, Sponsor & Advertising Form.

Click Here for more information. Contact Us to request label samples for delivery at the event.

For more information about The NH Grocers Association Fall Conference & Exposition please visit the www.grocers.org website.

To contact ImageTek Labels prior to the event for label samples and/or press proofs, please email sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.


Labels Stock – What type should you be using?

When people talk about labels, they are often referring to the type of material the

label is manufactured from, when in fact, label stock is comprised of many layers of

media, that when put together provide solutions to various types of substrates.

Simply put, label stock is the sum of the ingredients found within the labels layers.

The combination of layers produces different performance characteristics

depending on what types of ingredients are used and how the layers are put

together. As important as the label media itself is the carrier, which is generally

coated on one side with adhesive and printed on the other side. Coating not only

carries the adhesive but additional properties that allow the adhesive to stick to the

topcoat (the label) and release from the bottom layer (the carrier).

Most manufacturers concern themselves with the topcoat when determining what

type of label media to use. The topcoat is made from a variety of papers, plastics and

nylon blends. However, certain industries find themselves having to dive a little

deeper to find label stock solutions that meet very stringent standards. These

standards are often in place to maintain peak performance in production or to offer

solutions for extreme environments like chemical exposure or high temperatures.

In order to ensure your choosing label stock that suits your application and will

survive the manufacturing process or product lifecycle, you must first know what

types of stocks are available.

Common label stocks include:


A variety of papers and paperboards can be used as labels. Paper stock

material is manufactured in thin sheets from the pulp of wood or other fibrous

substances. Paper labels don’t last for long periods of time and are generally cost

effective making them a great solution for consumable products. The fiberous

material soaks up ink and offers brilliant color reproduction.

Nonwoven Fabric – This material offers extra durability and is manufactured in

sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fiber or filament

mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made

directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. This label stock

can be printed on and cut to size. Nonwoven labels can offer a more ridged solution

with various levels of flexibility depending on the mil thickness of the film.


This lithographic stock with some added latex makes labels more water

resistant. An ideal solution for applications that require extreme flexibility and can

contour around curled objects


The most common alternative to paper label stock solutions. Plastic

stocks, also known as vinyl and PET film, offers strength, stiffness and

transparency. Known for being more resistant to tearing plastic label stock is

commonly used for applications that require UV cured coatings for printing

process or to produce durable labels that will be exposed to extreme sunlight

and/or high temperatures.


This material comes in a variety of colors. Commonly used for wine and

beverage labeling or label designs with distinct graphics that need to shine or

sparkle. Foil labels are extremely durable and resistant to high temperatures.

Foil label stock is a premium media than more common stocks primarily due its

multi step manufacturing process and unique visual benefits.


ImageTek Labels to Attend the Made in New England “Try It & Buy It” Exposition.

ImageTek Attends Made in New England Expo

Mark your calendars! We’re headed to the Made in New England Expo in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on September 13 & 14th. The show offers New England quality product producers a place to showcase their products to wholesale buyers from all over the country, in search of new products. Located at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, this event is creates the perfect opportunity to to come and shop local products in time for the holiday’s. The Expo offers a unique and timely opportunity to shop products made right here in New England. The products are one of a kind!

Three Decades of New England’s Best Producers

For two decades, the show has continued to attract authentic New England Made food & beverage producers as well as artisans and is a true reflection of quality, locally made products that originate in the eastern states. The show offers a venue for buyers to not only source new product lines but to get to know the story behind these products. This event supports local business, encourages relationships between wholesale buyers and the business owners and inevitably puts the best products in front of consumers. This year, over 250 producers will exhibit their products at the Made in New England Show. Absolutely no importers are allowed to attend the event, making it easy for wholesalers to source local manufacturers of products like specialty foods, home furnishings, jewelry, apparel and art. This show presents the perfect opportunity for ImageTek Labels to connect with their current customers and show potential clients what sets the company apart from the completion.

For more information about The Made in New England Expo please visit the Made in New England website. To contact ImageTek Labels prior to the event for label samples and/or press proofs, please email sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

Household Product Labeling: Containers and Suitable Media

The majority of household products use labels to identify ingredients, company contact information and directions for use. Consumers look to these labels for the necessary instructions Household labels and related information. Producers of household products are tasked with not only meeting standard regulations but also making sure their labels contain useful information and representing their company brand.

There is an art to labeling household products that begins with label design. The design is then supported by the quality manufacture of the labels before finally being a printed and placed onto the product by way of manual or auto apply applications. Believe it or not there are different kinds of product bottles that work best with different kind of labels. Household products come in a variety if containers such as glass bottles, plastic jar and even low surface energy metals. Each material requires a different label stock to ensure the product labels will withstand the test of time.

Household Product Container Shapes and Labeling

The majority of household cleaning products come in plastic bottles, which means the label must be able to survive moisture and liquid while remaining flexible.  Before labeling your plastic bottles, identify the characteristics your label stock will need to perform well.  Cylinder shaped containers call for wrap around labels, which require a thin, flexible substrate. Square shaped bottles that require wrapped corners mean a heavier stock with custom slits. If the household product container is clear, you may want to print both the front and back of the label so consumers can read the text from the back of the container. Knowing what types of challenges your packaging present to your label stock will help you choose the right label to fit your needs.

Squeezable Containers and Labeling

Some cleaning products come in a squeezable bottle, which can present their own unique set of challenges. The container will likely experience a lot of handling, which means the label material must be flexible yet durable in order to last the duration of the product. An over laminate finish should also be considered to ensure the label can withstand the oils and residue found on the hands of consumers.

Wholesale Cleaning Products and Labeling

Wholesale cleaning containers often come in large drums. Depending on the size of the drum, producers may need a wide format label, defined by label widths greater than 8” wide. Be sure to source wide format labels from a producer who has the technology to print your labels in house, it will reduce mark up’s and absorbed shipping costs associated with third party orders.

For more information about labeling household products, contact ImageTek Labels at (802) 885-6208 or email info@imageteklabels.com

Create Custom Label Designs that Speak to Consumers

Custom Label Colors Are More Than Meets the Eye

Creating a custom color label takes finesse’. . There is more to packaging a product than meets the eye. In fact, some might argue that the single most important asset a company can have isBakery Labels a their brand identity and building a solid brand takes time and consideration.

A business identity starts by assessing the personality of your business. What sorts of feelings should your business evoke in the minds of consumers? Is your product or service eco-conscience? Are you a bold, forward thinking business? Does your company’s success depend on attracting a certain type of demographic, like women or children? By answering questions like these, you can learn a lot about the type of identity that makes the most sense for your company and start brainstorming label designs that support your business model.

Look up product packaging similar to your own to see what their labels looks like. Are you able to figure out what the company does just by looking at the label? Do the colors and fonts speak to you? Are the images easily identifiable?

Once you’ve narrowed down your ideas, you’re ready for the fun part. Designing your products custom labels! Designs are limitless and many options are available for business owners with little to no graphic design experience. Use this easy color chart below as a guide to designing product labels that speak volumes about your business.

Custom Label Color Printing and What It Means to the Consumer

Pink = Fun and Flirty

Brown = Rural, Rustic and Outdoorsy

White = Purity, Cleanliness & Simplicity

Red = Passion and Energy

Orange = Innovation and Modern Thinking

Green = Natural and Eco Friendly

It’s important to consider the quality of printed colors in choosing your color scheme. Red and yellow hues are bolder and certainly worth considering, however, they tend to fade in UV light much faster than other colors. Durable goods or specialty food packaging that comes in contact with moisture, sunlight and extreme temperatures may need an overlaminate, which may add additional charges to your package printing.

Now that you’ve considered all your color options and determined if you may need an overlaminate – which of these colors make the most sense for your product? Maybe there’s more than one and that’s okay! Digital print technology has made it possible to print virtually thousands of colors at no additional cost, opening up a world of packaging options to business’s of all sizes and leveraging the playing field for companies, big and small. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Try showing your design to small focus groups or creating a customer survey where your current customers can vote on their favorites. By taking the extra time required to create the best label design for your product, you lessen the risks associated with poor brand identity.

For more information about digital color printing contact ImageTek Labels at (802) 885-6208 or email us today. Label samples can be sent same day at no cost for testing.

Wine and Glass Bottle Labels: Choosing a Suitable Media


Label Wine and Glass Bottles for Special Occasions  

Whether you’re a wine enthusiast looking to bottle your own blend or just wanting to create personalized glass bottle labels for a wedding or social event, you want to choose the right labelWine and glass bottle labels stock for a finished look that is just right. Though there are lots of different types of labels that might look the part, it’s important to use a label whose adhesive is meant for high surface energy products, like glass bottles.

Glass bottles are generally very smooth to the touch, which means the label adhesive has a lot of surface to cling to. Additionally, the labels often come in contact with the liquids inside the bottle, making adhesion pivotal to the labels success. Luckily, these types of challenges have bee met by producers past. Traditionally, waterproof labels are the perfect solution for labeling wine and beverage bottle and will leave you with a good looking label that will maintain their color and shape when exposed to moisture.

Waterproof Labels for Glass Bottle Labeling

Waterproof labels, also referred to as weatherproof labels, are common among wine and beverage producers. Generally, waterproof labels have a permanent adhesive which is why they can stake their resistant claim. Waterproof labels come in a variety of thicknesses and adhesive coatweights but the average bottler isn’t concerned with that. Most just want a smooth, glossy surface that will deliver bright vibrant colors once printed and won’t curl, fall off or smudge when they come in contact with moisture, ice or cold temperatures.

Now that we have narrowed down the type of label for the job let’s look at the most common finishes for glass bottles.

White Gloss BOPP Labels 

White gloss BOPP labels are perfect for printing crisp, clear graphics on wine or glass bottle labels. A go-to label media for printing custom labels that ‘POP’. The finished layer is coated to leave a shiny, smooth surface, adding a professional, finished look to the label. Perfect for intricate designs and small or individual portion bottling, gloss labels produce a superior finish.

Metallic Foil Labels

Think about the wine and specialty beverage labels you see on the grocery store shelves. The sparkly gold and silver foils that give the label a chic, sophisticated look. Foil labels are perfect for detail and add a sense of elegance. By creating artwork that has transparencies in the design, you can print directly onto the foil media with bold color and the areas that remain uncoated will showcase the unfinished foil. Metallic foil labels give an ultra-shiny, posh look to your label and are perfect to accentuate debossed or embossed label designs.

For more information about wine and beverage labeling, specialty media and more, contact ImageTek Labels at (802) 885-6208 or email our sales team.

Summer Product Labels are All About Protection

Plan for Summer Product Labels

Spring is upon us but the summer heat is not far away. Consumers are already making plans and stocking up on seasonal necessities like lip balm, suntan lotions and insect repellent. It is Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 6.18.08 AMimportant to note that these warm weather items have one thing in common, they protect people from the dangers that arise in the summer months.  Health & Beauty producers are faced with a challenge when labeling seasonal products. As these products fill-up the store shelves, only one thing sets them apart – the label.  Speak to consumers by taking the time to assess your custom health & beauty labels and make sure you are gaining their attention and their loyalty not just this year, but every year.


Print Custom Health & Beauty Labels that POP

Have you ever really studied a suntan lotion label? Have you noticed that the SPF content is generally large and printed in yellow? That is because producers’ know that most consumers will only study a product label for a few seconds before they make a buying decision. That means your customers are making choices based more on label aesthetics than they are ingredients or information. That means you need to act fast!

Take the single most compelling factor about your product and make it POP! Is it organic? Is it fragrance free? Is it waterproof or hypo-allergenic? Chances are you’ve spent a great deal of time trying to corner your niche market, so use that information to your advantage by printing bold, brilliant labels that tell your story quickly.

Choose a Custom Label Material that Resists Moisture and UV Rays

You’ve done the work of learning your market.  You’ve designed and printed product labels that speak to your audience. Now, make sure your hard work reaps the rewards by choosing waterproof labels that are digitally printed with UV inks and won’t fade, smudge or smear with long-term exposure to sunlight. Paper labels are a go-to for a wide variety of health & beauty labels but when it comes to summertime environments, they simply won’t stand up to extreme temperatures and exposure to water or other liquids. Instead of paper labels, consider a polypropylene product label, otherwise known as a BOPP. BOPP labels are the perfect alternative to paper since they are cost-effective and durable. Making the change from paper labels means not having to add a laminate over the paper label for protection; which saves additional costs and unnecessary waste.

To learn more about health & beauty label alternatives that will stand up to summer, contact ImageTek Labels. Our professional sales staff will send you complimentary label samples for testing. Prefer a quick custom quote? No problem. Tell us a little about your label application and we will send you a quote-same day!