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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.

Non-GMO Labeling may be Mandatory in Vermont

Non-GMO Labeling may be Mandatory in Vermont by July 1, 2016

Vermont will likely be the first state to make the labeling of genetically modified food products mandatory. After a 35-minute debate on Wednesday, the Vermont Senate has approved a bill previously passed by the house in 2013, with a 114 to 30 sweep, in favor of labeling products containing GMO’s. The new bill will take effect July 1, 2016 and require labeling of all products that contain GMO’s.

Genetically modified organisms are foods that contain corn, soy or other plants that have been inserted with a gene from an unrelated species, to give them certain characteristics (like resistance to insects or enhanced nutrients). The impacts this bill will have on Vermont food producers is huge, with 70-80 percent of packaged food on a typical supermarket’s store shelves needing to be relabeled.   The bill grants the Attorney General’s Office the job of establishing rules surrounding the labels. Those requirements have yet to be released but the goal is clear, to decrease the risk to humans who ingest products containing genetically modified organisms.  Studies on the effects of GMO’s to humans are still in their infancy. With these organisms becoming popular in 1990, many believe the dangers of this manufacturing won’t be fully evident for years to come.

Along with the labeling of GMO’s, legislation is also seeking to ban the use of genetically modified seeds until labeling requirements can be more clearly defined. Labeling is already required in 64 countries but not the U.S. A few states like Maine and Connecticut have passed labeling laws but under the ruling, those laws won’t take effect until neighboring states have also joined the cause. Vermont lawmakers have rejected that route and supporters of the food labeling bill hope their efforts will clear the way for other states to do the same. “As Vermont goes, so goes the nation,” said Rep. Kate Webb, D-Shelburne, lead sponsor of the bill.

To read H.112, the GMO labeling bill, visit http://tiny.cc/8jesex. This law affects all food producers with the exception of meat, dairy, liquor and prepared food sold in restaurants.

For producers effected by the new bill, three options for wording are available, they are: “produced with genetic engineering.”, “partially produced with genetic engineering,” or “may be produced with genetic engineering,”. The labeling regulation will likely have an impact on product sales for many of these producers, as consumers will be able to compare products and choose non-GMO options.

To stay ahead of the bill and stand out on the grocery store shelve, ImageTek Labels is encouraging Vermont food producers to modify there labels early and in advance of labeling regulations. For more information about how you can digitally print your labels please contact sales@imageteklabels.com.

 

Choosing the Right Custom Label Material

Which Custom Label Material Should You Choose?  

Choosing the right custom label material is the most important step in creating your label. Your product labels are more than just simple stickers that tell consumers what your product is and what it does; they sell your product! With such a large variety of label stocks, textures and colors, you have to make certain your labels stand out on the shelf and engage your customers. Long story short, the visual impact of your label means you’re restocking shelves more often. To do that, you need to choose the right custom label stock. One that will not only stick to the product or container, but also lend the right look and feel to the brand you’ve work so hard to develop.

Here are three things to consider when choosing the right label stock for your product or package.

custom labels for food and beverage

What are you applying your labels to?

Substrates and packaging vary a great deal and a label is not a one size fits all solution. Label materials differ a great deal and adhesives react differently when they make contact with various surfaces. Paper labels with a permanent adhesive for example, can be used for most paper or cardboard packaging. Glass, however, has a very low surface energy and is hard to adhere to, a polypropylene with LSE adhesive might work better.  Cold temperature foods that are exposed to moisture might need an adhesive that survives low temperatures or an over laminate to protect the labels from tearing or smudging. Perhaps you have a container that has a curved service, causing the label to lift or a clear bottle that  requires a label ‘less’ look. The possibilities are endless. So, how do you know which label to use? Simple… test, test and re -test! Make sure you get samples of all the labels suited to meet your container and packaging demands and test them out. Is it flexible enough for squeezable containers? Will it smudge when exposed to water or other liquids? Will the label last as long as the product? Understand what the capabilities of your label stock are and where exactly it might break down, if at all.

How do you plan to apply your labels?

What will the temperature be when your applying these labels? Will it be wet, damp or very hot? Consider the environment before choosing your label stock and adhesive. This will ensure the label adheres well to the substrate. Will you be applying the labels by hand or automatically? Different label applicators have different capabilities and configuration requirements for liners and thickness. It is important to know what automated machine you’re working with to make sure your labels will fit the system.

What conditions will the label need to survive, once it’s applied to your product?

The life cycle of a label can sometimes be a challenge. Exposed to harsh environments and severe temperatures, labels have an assortment of conditions they have to survive. Failure is not an option when it comes to labeling your products. Special adhesives and label stocks are designed to do different things. Ask yourself a few questions before requesting sample material to test and make sure you’re saving yourself time by testing only material designed for applications like yours. A few questions to ask yourself and communicate with your label supplier would be:

  • What sort of environment will these labels need to survive? (Extreme hot/cold / freezing)
  • How will the consumer store this product after it’s been brought home?
  • How will the consumer prepare the product for use?  (Ovens, ice buckets, etc.)

 

All of this label investigation may have you weary but no need to worry. Now that the wheels are turning, it is the perfect time to speak with an ImageTek Label guru, who will take the time to assist you in reviewing your application. After review of your application, a complimentary, custom label media kit will be mailed to you for testing.

For more information about requesting custom label samples please contact our staff today.