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Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival Celebrates 9 Years!

VT cheese and dairy Join ImageTek Labels at the 9th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival hosted by the Vermont Cheese Council on Saturday, July 16th, 2017 at the Coach Barn on Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. This open market festival has been chosen by Fodor’s Travel as one of the “10 Best Summer Food Festivals in the United States.” The festival is designed as an open farmers market with 45 cheesemakers and over 90 Vermont and regional artisan food producers.

Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival Details

The Vermont Cheesemakers festival brings together cheese, wine, beer, cider, spirits, and specialty food producers for a day of tastings, demonstrations and educational workshops.

Vermont is the leading artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita. This event is an experience all its own where attendees can network with food and beverage producers who share a passion for the craft.  Event participants will taste a variety of fresh, local foods and wines, as well as to learn all about the process used in making these fan favorite products. Spend a beautiful summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain sampling, buying and learning! Come and celebrate the Vermont summer season.

Participating food and beverage producers will compete in the “Best of the Fest” Awards, where leading producers are crowned for their perfectly crafted artisan products. This year, MapleBrook Farm defends their Best of Cheese title, Laughing Moon Chocolates comes prepared to hold tight  to their Artisanal Food title, and Idletime Brewing Company competes to maintain their hard-earned craft brew crown.

Vermont Cheesemaker Event Tickets & Pricing

General Admission Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite for $60.00 plus $4.29 in handling fees. Tickets include a wine glass and shopping bag.  Children under 3 are admitted free. VIP Tickets are available and include VIP Valet Parking, separate VIP Entry, official Vermont Cheesemakers Festival tote and glass, entry to the Lakeside Libations Celebration from 9-10:30 AM, and one reserve ticket to Educational Seminars (choose the seminar on the day of the festival- first come, first served.)

View a full Event Calendar by visiting http://vtcheesefest.com/

Craft Brewers Face Added Nutritional Testing Expenses

Craft Brewers May be Forced into Big Beer Business

craft brewersCraft Brewers are at risk of incurring added manufacturing expenses. The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to the beer industry, has recently published what it calls “The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative.”  The idea is for craft brewers and importers to voluntarily agree to disclose certain information to consumers – calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and alcohol by volume or weight on the product label. The Initiative also calls for listing all ingredients and a freshness date on either the custom label or secondary packaging or through a website reference or bar code.  In theory, this will allow consumers to make better-informed decisions.  Some consumers may appreciate having the information available, but others probably would rather avoid it. Think about it – do you really want to know exactly how many calories are in that beer?

Many of the big beer companies like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have already agreed to follow these guidelines. This is not a surprise, since the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Beer Institute are big shots with Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, respectively. But the more pressing reason is that starting in May of 2018, the FDA is requiring restaurants with 20 or more locations nationwide to disclose calories and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including beverages.  Many chain restaurants have been providing most of this information for some time, as the compliance date initially was set to be earlier but has been extended several times.

If a new or existing craft brewery seeks to distribute its beer to restaurants, it may need to factor nutritional testing into startup or business costs. The cost of testing a batch of beer to gather this information is estimated to be between $300 and $1,000. Small craft brewers may not be able to bear these costs without increasing their prices. Although craft beer offers on large chain restaurant menus are relatively few and far between, if an enticing opportunity arose for a craft brewer to sell its beer at such a place, it would miss that chance if it could not provide the required information to the restaurant. It is not yet clear what liability a brewer may have for providing erroneous information in this regard, but to avoid unnecessary risks brewers  will need to ensure their data is accurate. And consumers of craft beer may end up eating (drinking?) the cost.

For more information about craft beer and nutrition labeling visit thebeerinstitute.com. This article was published by JPSupra.com,  a daily source of legal intelligence on all topics business and personal.

2017 VRGA Convention & Exposition

2017 VRGA Convention & Exposition - Image Tek Digital Labels

ImageTek Labels is excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at the 2017 VRGA Convention & Expo exhibitor on April 28th at the Hilton Burlington, Vermont. This is a business-to-business event loaded with multiple networking opportunities over 2 days, with 8 information sessions and over 50 local and national exhibitors with quality goods and services at every price point for businesses of all sizes.

2-DAY CONVENTION & EXPO SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 

  • 8:30 – 5:00 PM ServSafe® Certification Class & Exam – SOLD OUT
  • 6:00 PM Laughs at Vermont Comedy Club
  • 7:00 – 10:00 PM Brewery Hop: Switchback Brewery, Queen City Brewery, Zero Gravity Brewery, Citizen Cider & Foam Brewers
  • 9:00 PM Late Night at Nectar’s

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 

  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Information sessions
  1. The Future of Healthcare in Vermont: Understanding the drivers of health costs & how it impacts you.
  2. How to Tackle Waste Regulation to be Compliant: What the Universal Recycling & Composting Law means for your business.
  3. Invest in Your Hiring Strategy: Learn how to recruit, hire and retain engaged and dedicated talent.
  4. Improving the Customer Experience: Creating unique experiences to increase customer growth and loyalty.
  5. Organized Retail Crime: Facts and Realities: What is the driving force of Organized Retail Crime & what tools and stories can help you prevent it from happening in your business.
  6. Smarter Energy Investing: Creative ways to save you money now while being an investment in your future.
  7. Maximizing Your Customer Base and Revenue in an Online World: Digital business strategies to attract customers to your website and your store.
  8. Social Media Strategies for Success: Quick tips for success at all experience levels.
  • 12:00 – 5:00 PM Tradeshow: Featuring 50+ exhibitors from local and national companies to answer your questions and provide quality solutions. Enjoy multiple raffle prize giveaways throughout the day and a GRAND PRIZE, product demonstrations, networking and so much more!Information Sessions & Tradeshow are FREE for members $10 for nonmembers or save 50% by registering online by April 21st.
  • 5:30 PM VIP Food & Beverage Pairing Workshop: Limited to 24 tickets. Presented by Farrell Distributing Cicerone Certified Beer Servers. This also includes your ticket to Vermonte Carlo afterwards.
  • 6:00 PM Vermonte Carlo: Network the night away with unlimited samples of local beer, cider, wine PLUS complimentary beverages, a cash bar, a buffet dinner and $250 of casino chips for a nigh of entertaining casino games.

Participating vendors will network with Retailers, Grocers, Specialty Food & Beverages Producers, Manufacturers and related Business Services Providers at this highly-anticipated annual event. Online registration is available at VRGA17.eventbrite.com. Follow Vermont Retail & Grocers Association on Facebook or #VRGA17 on twitter for the latest news.

Free Custom Samples on NEW Orders and 20% Off Your Purchase

Spring into Savings! (1)

There are all kinds of ways to take advantage of ImageTek Label’s Spring Savings Promotion! Whether you have a new seasonal label design, you’re introducing new products to an existing line or you’ve simply never done business with us,
you can cash in on quality labels!

FREE custom label samples on all first-time label orders & new designs! That would be our first-time, not yours.
If we’ve never printed your label design, you qualify.

If you place your order within 14 days of receiving your custom label samples you get 20% off your purchase.

No catch – just a deadline. All sample requests must be placed by 5pm on Friday, March 17, 2017.

To order your custom label samples, contact us at sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

Imagetek Labels Expands Digital Printing Capabilities

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.

Download Registration Form. 

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.

 

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.

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.

Join Us at the Made in Vermont Marketplace Exposition

Showcasing the Best of Vermont with Locally Made Products

ImageTek Labels invites you to join us at the 2nd Annual Made in Vermont Marketplace Exhibition being held on April 11 & 12 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Made in Vermont Marketplace ExpositionJunction, VT. The Made in VT Exposition is designed to support local partnerships among VT business by providing a platform where companies can come together to share ideas and showcase their unique talents. Last year, more than 4,300 attendees and 200 exhibitors gathered to network, share ideas and support Vermont business.

This year you can expect to find specialty food purveyors, Vermont made wines, furniture, home décor, crafts and more! There is truly something for everyone and you will be amazed at what you can find in your own backyard.

View a List of Marketplace Exhibitor’s and Plan your Day!
Click Here for Exhibitors 

Find out more about sponsors, show hours and deadlines.
Attend the Expo!

Make sure to stop by the ImageTek Labels booth #224 and say hello! Doors open at 9:00am on Saturday. We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues at the event. Custom samples are available and will be delivered in hand at the event for all requests place by April 1, 2015.