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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.

Imagetek Labels Expands Digital Printing Capabilities

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.

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.

 

 

The NHGA Fall Conference

The NHGA Fall Conference & Exhibition 

The New Hampshire Grocers Association (NHGA) Fall Conference is the organizations biggest event of the year and only a few short weeks away.  Held at The Executive Courthouse Facility in Manchester, N.H., the expo brings together suppliers from all over New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. The exposition allows NHGA members to get their products in front of an exclusive audience of retail buyers and business owners who are looking for new products to add to their line of inventory in locations throughout New Hampshire. NHGA Fall Conference & Expo

The NHGA Expo includes a variety of related seminars, with speakers who represent the best-of-the best in New Hampshire’s retail food industry. These seminars will address topics related to productivity, business planning, operations and best-practice with the goal of helping food producers increase revenues and further advance their business.

Event exhibition is exclusive to NHGA member-suppliers. Retail & distributor affiliates are welcome to attend and will receive free admission with pre-registration. For those wishing to attend, sponsor or advertise at the upcoming expo, here’s a few helpful links.

Download Registration Form

Download Exhibitor, Sponsor & Advertising Form

The NHGA Exposition Connects Food Producers and Retail Buyers

ImageTek Labels is especially excited for the fall exposition. The Annual NHGA Fall Exposition allows us the opportunity to connect with many of our customers and friends, attend relevant seminars and network with food retail experts who play an important role in consumer trends and distribution.

For those attending the expo, ImageTek Labels would be happy to bring you material and printed label samples. Please contact our customer representatives to discuss your labeling needs or submit your artwork to us for production by Friday, October 17th and we will print your samples and deliver them to you at the event.

 

Label News: The Cost of GMO Labeling

The debate rages on, but few are actually clear on how much this could cost consumers (as well as converters).

Few topics are as emotionally charged as the food we eat. It is the centerpiece of nearly every milestone in life. We use it to celebrate, to mourn, to comfort, and, as noted in a previous L&NW article, to achieve health. So, it comes as no surprise that the ongoing debate over genetically modified foods (specifically, whether or not they should be labeled as such), has reached a fever pitch.

Numerous food agencies of varying authority have deemed GMO foods as safe for consumption. However, several European

countries have banned their production and sale, and several states in the US are considering doing the same. Because the bans are relatively new, however, few people can say with any certainty what the costs might be, and whether or not they’re worth it. Here’s what we do know so far:

Last year, the Washington Academy of Sciences released a report called White Paper on Washington State Initiative 522: Labeling of Foods Containing Genetically Modified Ingredients. At the time of the report’s release, panel co-chair Eugene Nester, emeritus professor of microbiology at the University of Washington, told the Seattle Times that “the numbers just aren’t there, and the numbers that are there vary widely.” The debate has, unsurprisingly, become partisan, with each side throwing their own “facts” out into the void. Pro-labeling ads that were run  in Washington claimed that passing I-522 wouldn’t raise the cost of food for consumers. Opponents, citing a study, claimed the average food bill for a family of four would increase by $450 per year.

Once the Washington Academy of Sciences took a look at the data – collected largely after failed efforts in Oregon and California and successful labeling in Europe – they determined that the primary cost of labeling GMO products comes not from the actual labeling, but from food producers “having to separate genetically enhanced ingredients from other foods.”

The panel said, “Mandatory labeling is likely to affect trade and impose higher costs on firms producing and selling products in Washington. These costs are likely to be passed on to the consumer in higher food prices.”

Other studies have had conflicting results. Opponents of GMO labeling often cite a study by the Northbridge Environmental Management Consultants. That report had a similar finding to the Washington Academy of Sciences; researches concluded that the costs would be incurred at the production level and would be passed on to consumers. Conversely, the Alliance for Natural Health, a “pro-labeling” organization based out of the UK, determined that consumers will likely see no increase in prices.

Recently, Slate examined the inconsistency in these estimates: “This disparity hinges less on sloppy science or ideological bias than a basic disagreement over how food suppliers and consumers would react to a freshly minted GMO label. One side – the no cost/low cost advocates – equates a labeling mandate with little more than the paper and ink required to manufacture the label. The idea here is that food suppliers and consumers wouldn’t necessarily shift their purchasing choices in the face of a GMO designation. Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott gave a nod to this assumption when he asked, ‘Ever seen the words ‘new and improved’ on some boxed delicacy?’ His implication was that the consumer’s gaze glosses over new labels all the time without leading to a radical shift in purchasing behavior. Why would it be any different with a GMO label?”

In spite of the potential costs to consumers, one could make the argument, from a converter’s perspective, that labeling GMO foods could be costly. The process for labeling GMO foods may very well be similar to labeling a line of products with multiple SKUs. Converters who use digital equipment may not bat an eye at the proposed regulations. But, in states where GMO labeling could soon be made mandatory, it could change the local landscape in terms of competition for converters.  – See more at: http://www.labelandnarrowweb.com/contents/view_online-exclusives/2014-05-27/label-news-the-cost-of-gmo-labeling/#sthash.58saSDT3.dpuf

Published by L&NW; June, 2014.

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.