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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.

 

ImageTek Labels to Attend The New England Made Exhibition

The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show

Celebrating 3o Years of Exhibition!

New England Made Show

ImageTek Labels will attend their first New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show, March 15-17th. The event will be held at the Portland Sports Complex, in Portland, Maine.  The show celebrates there 30th year and is host to specialty food and craft producers from all over the region. The show offers New England artisans a place to showcase their products to wholesale buyers from all over the country, in search of new products.

For three decades, the show has continued to attract authentic New England made crafters 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 New England Made 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.  Prior to ImageTek jumping into the digital printing arena, the company earned it strips customizing durable labels solutions for some of the most challenging manufacturing applications to date.  This puts ImageTek in a favorable position at shows like New England Made; being a locally grown Vermont based business with seasoned manufacturing expertise. ImageTek has seen it all and has grown from a niche custom label printer, to now also catering to consumable product manufacturers whose focus is quick turn-around and lean manufacturing. The company continues to evolve with recent technology and innovative label solutions.

For more information about The New England Made Food Show please visit www.nemadeshows.com. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont Food Tasting to be Held in Montpelier, Vermont.

VSFA to Host a Vermont Food Tasting in Celebration of Vermont Brewers, Cheese and Wine Producers

 

A Vermont food tasting will be held in Montpelier, Vermont February 18th. Hosted by the Vermont Specialty Food Association thisVermont Cheese Council
food tasting will include local organizations like the Vermont Brewers Association, Vermont Cheese Council, Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont and the Vermont Grape & Wine Council.  The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at The State House Cafeteria in Montpelier, VT. For more information on this event and how you can participate please contact Jim Harrison at info@specialtyfoods.org.

ImageTek Labels is pleased to be among those attending the event. To request a label sample or material for testing for delivery at the event, please contact sales@imageteklabels.com and our representatives will be happy to assist. As always, we look forward to seeing you at the event!

Food Labeling for Food Producers Workshop

Food Labeling for Food Producers Workshop

Time: Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 6:30 PM (pre-registration required)

Location: Food Venture Center 140 Junction Rd. Hardwick, VT 05843

Registration fee: Free Admission.  Includes course materials and light refreshments.

State and federal food labeling requirements can be very confusing for food producers and processors.  This seminar will help to clarify regulations for the food products most commonly sold by Vermont and NH food producers and processors.  State and Federal nutrition labeling laws will be explained and resources for product labeling approval will be provided. Other items such as UPC codes and label claims will also be reviewed.   In addition, a label media and product packaging open-forum discussion will be held at the end of the workshop for those who have label media, design or printing questions.   A variety of label media will be provided at close of class for participant review and product testing.

This workshop is designed to assist all food and/or beverage producers in labeling, compliance and design topics as they relate to their business.

About the presenter:  Alicia Baker, Marketing Coordinator with ImageTek Labels, works closely with food and beverage producers all over the country to meet label and nutrition compliance standards set forth by the FDA and other third party sources.   She will be presenting on Food Safety and Labeling topics on behalf of ImageTek Labels of Springfield, VT.   ImageTek Labels specializes in digital print labeling and compliance for food and beverage producers throughout the United States.

Who should attend? People interested in selling food or beverage products to consumers.

Registration: Register online by Friday,  January 10th by submitting your company name,  contact and phone number to abaker@pcmanufacturing.com

Questions: For more information on the course, please contact Alicia Baker at abaker@pcmanufacturing.com or call 802 885-6208 ext. 268. For additional information please visit www.imagetekdigitallabels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands Raised for The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock

Thousands Raised for The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock at Burning Mouth Festival 2013

 

ImageTek Labels is pleased to announce the success of The First Annual East Coast Burning Mouth Festival 2013. The event, held on Saturday October 5th, in Quechee, VT. The festival was host to over 40 local food producers with a beer garden sponsored by Fiddlehead Brewery of Shelburne, VT.  The day’s events consisted of live music by Aaron Seibert & Josh Logan Band, with an assortment of games, raffles and giveaways for the all ages. Thousands raised for The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock

A beautiful day was had by all with 100% of net proceeds, to total $2,000.00, were raised for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock.

ImageTek Labels and The Chiligods® would like to Thank everyone who participated in Burning Mouth Festival 2013. We could not have done this without your help and support. Because of you, we were able to hold this great event and pay it forward. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

For more information about how you can participate in Burning Mouth Festival 2014 please contact Alicia Baker at (866) 403-5223 ext. 268 or email abaker@pcmanufacturing.com. You can also visit the www.imagekdigitallabels.com for more information.

 

Specialty Food Sales Said To Be On Upswing!

Consumers Favor Specialty Foods

“Consumers are choosing specialty foods over conventional foods at record levels,” according to new research from the Specialty Food Association, which says that “close to 75 percent of U.S. consumers report making specialty food purchases this year, a major increase since the economic downturn of 2009 when only 46 percent reported that they bought these high-quality products. Consumers surveyed say they spend about one quarter of their at-home food dollars on specialty options like artisanal chocolates, cheeses and oils.” Specialty Food Labels

The study also says that “some 43 percent of specialty food consumers use their mobile phones to buy food, and nearly half buy foods with locally-grown ingredients,” that “genetically modified organisms are emerging as a hot topic for specialty food consumers, who are four times more likely to seek out non GMO foods than are non-specialty food consumers,” and that “specialty food consumers tend to be young, affluent, and live in the West or Northeast. Men are almost as likely to make purchases as women, with 74 percent of men and 75 percent of women reporting buying specialty foods.” And: “For the second year, the top five categories consumers say they buy are chocolate, olive oil and other specialty oils, cheese, yogurt and kefir, and coffee. Salty snacks have jumped from ninth to sixth place among most purchased specialty foods.”
Source: Morningnewsbeat.com