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Variable Designs – Perfect for Seasonal Label Printing

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Variable Label Designs 

With ImageTek Labels state of the art digital printing technology, variable designs are a breeze. Don’t pay extra for custom plate charges, uses are limited only by the imagination.

Create inspired designs, play with color palettes, or print personalized labels to support your marketing efforts. Custom labels allow you to test products and markets cost effectively, and are are proven to boost sales and attract new customers.

No Tooling Charges with Variable Label Printing!

With ImageTek Labels state of the art digital printing technology, variable designs are a breeze. Don’t pay extra for custom plate charges, uses are limited only by the imagination. Create inspired designs, play with color palettes, or print personalized labels to support your marketing efforts. 

Custom labels allow you to test products and markets cost effectively, and are are proven to boost sales and attract new customers.

Working with ImageTek Labels Means:

  • No set up or tooling charges
  • No additional cost for color
  • Custom printed labels shipped in 5 days or less
  • Complimentary online label proofs
  • Personal Service – no cookie cutter label programs here

To save big on variable labels, contact us at sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.

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.

A Proud Sponsor of the VSFA Fall Meeting

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ImageTek Labels is proud to sponsor the VSFA Fall Meeting held on Friday, November 1, 2016. VSFA is the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded specialty food association. The Annual Fall Meeting gives members and attendees the opportunity to connect with Vermont food producers who share the vision of promoting Vermont’s specialty foods.

Educational sessions will be hosted by Retail Insights, Lake Champlain Chocolates, City Market, SCORE – Free Small Business Counseling, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Associated Buyers, Vermont Roots and Vermont Specialty Food Association.

The VSFA Fall Meeting itinerary is as follows:

  • 8:30 – REGISTRATION & NETWORKING
  • 9:00 – On the Trail to Find New Customers
  • 9:45 – Gen Shift and the Vermont Brand
  • 10:30 – NETWORKING BREAK
  • 11:00 – Marketing the State of Vermont
  • 11:45 – NEW VSFA Listserve
  • 12:00 – LUNCHEON / Featured Speaker: City Market
  • 1:00 – SCORE, Small Business Advice for Growing
  • 1:45 – Distributors & Brokers: Who, what, when, where and why (title subject to change).

For more information about attending the fall meeting, registering for workshops or becoming a VSFA member please visit http://www.vermontspecialtyfoods.org

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 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.

 

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:

Paper

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.

Latex

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

Plastics

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.

Foil

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.

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ImageTek Labels to Attend NOFA – VT Winter Conference

The Northeast Vermont Winter Conference Slated for February 14 & 15, 2015

ImageTek Labels is excited to announce their upcoming attendance at the 33rd NOFA- Northeast OrganicNOFA Vermont Farmers Association of VT Winter Conference. The three day event, “Growing the Good Food Movement” put on by the Non-Profit Association of Farmers, invites organic food producers, farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and food enthusiasts to network and expand on ideas that are taking place nationally around economically viable and ecologically sound food systems. The philosophy behind both the organization and exposition revolves around benefiting current and future generations through organic farming and natural food alternatives.

This year’s conference theme will be demonstrated throughout the various events, workshops and lessons.  This event features a photo exhibit titled “The Golden Cage”, as well as featured film and keynote speaker Natasha Bowens, who will present “The Color of Food: Photography & Storytelling from Farmers of Color.” The event will conclude with Sunday’s poetry and story slam.  For more information about NOFA’a Winter Conference such as the weekend itinerary or featured workshops you can visit nofavt.org.

About NOFA – VT NOFA Vermont was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. Today, they are proud to have over 13,300 members throughout the state and to certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards. The organizations aims towards increasing the acreage of certified organic land in Vermont while also increasing the access of local organic food to all Vermonters. All of their programs strive to meet these goals, whether it involves working with schools to bring local foods into the cafeteria or providing business planning services to farmers to ensure their businesses stay viable.

VT GMO Labeling Rules Filed – Comment Period Opens

VT GMO & Your Right to Know

The Vermont Attorney General’s office filed proposed regulations to implement Vermont’s first in the nation GMO labeling law yesterday with the Secretary of State’s office.

VT GMO Labels

The new regulations will create new requirements of food producers, distributors and retailers, both for labeling on impacted products and new record keeping requirements.  It provides specifics for implementing (1) the labeling requirements for food produced with genetic engineering, (2) the prohibition on using certain terms to describe foods produced with genetic engineering and the exemptions from both the labeling requirement and prohibition. Additionally, it clarifies certain terms in the law and further outlines the enforcement and penalty provisions.

According to the economic impact statement from the AG’s office, the rule, itself, does not impose any increased costs beyond those imposed by Act 120. Food producers, distributors and retailers may incur costs associated with compliance of Act 120 under the proposed rule, including the costs for updating food labels or finding alternative ingredient sources.  These costs include the updating of food packaging, as well as, the time and resources involved in sourcing alternative ingredients. 

The rules require retailers to label bulk or processed fruits and vegetables that are or may be derived from genetically modified seed, bulk foods, certain deli items, such as salads, in-store bakery items and other products that a retailer may package.

Proposed regulations

Public Hearing

January 20, 2015, 5:00 pm

State House, Room 11

115 State Street

Montpelier, VT

 

Public Comments close January 28, 2015

Todd Daloz

Office of the Attorney General

109 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05609

todd.daloz@state.vt.us

 

Article provided by the VT Retail & Grocers Association 

E-Cigarette and E-Vapor Labeling

E-Cigarette and E-Vapors Face Their Own Unique Challenges

In recent years e-cigarettes and e-vapors, more commonly referred to as e-cigs or vapes, have become increasingly more popular. Thought to be a healthier alternative to tobacco, people are using e-cigs and other vapor based inhalants in place of tobacco based products. This new market has grown considerably in the last few years, being introduced in 2007.

E-Cigarette and E-Vapor Labeling

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E-cigarettes are available in a variety of flavors, both with and without nicotine. Both e-cigs and the vapor refills are sold in their own proprietary packaging. Producers share their own unique challenges when labeling these items, with many brands available on the market producers are required to introduce new flavors often as a means of staying competitive.

The FDA and E-Cigarettes

To date, the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has regulated e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco for therapeutic purposes. E-Liquids, vapors (or vapes) have yet to be regulated. Given that studies are still being done to determine e-liquid and vapor products, label regulations have not yet been made mandatory. It is important for producers to stay informed about emerging standards of compliance as these products receive more attention, as label regulations are expected to change often and without warning. To learn more about e-cigs and the FDA’s plans for future regulation, please visit the www.fda.org.

 

E-Cigarettes and E-Vapor Labels Should be Printed Digitally

Like any product, producers must find the fastest, most cost-effective way to produce a quality, no-fail label; E-cigs and E-Vaps are no different. In fact, packaging containing these liquids may face exposure to varying environments, more so than most other product packaging.  Hot sun, freezing temperatures, water, moisture and humidity are common elements and chances are your e-cigarettes and e-vap labels will come in contact with some of these elements throughout the course of the product’s lifecycle. Choosing the right material ensures your product label remains intact and is easy to read.

 

Label E-Cig and E-Vapor Bottles in a few Simple Steps

1.) Be sure to source a weatherproof material that is receptive to durable ink and won’t fade or smudge when exposed to moisture or humidity. When a label gets wet, it can cause the ink to smudge, fade or drip from the label. Even worse, the label can breakdown completely. A durable weatherproof label material ensures your label remains intact if the label is exposed to water or moisture.

2.) Adhesive is important. As important as finding the right label material can be, adhesive is also a big consideration in choosing the right label media. The bottles that e-liquids are stored in come in all shapes and sizes. Generally, these bottles are smooth with a low surface energy. Certain adhesives are created for this type of packaging and ensure the label won’t lift or peel after application. Also, make sure to label your bottle before filling them with e-liquid. The liquid might compromise the label adhesive if they come in contact prior to labeling. You will want a smooth, dry surface to apply the labels to.

3.) Make sure to choose a digital label printer. Most e-liquid and e-vape companies offer a variety of flavors and each flavor needs it’s own unique label. Traditional printing, that requires plates and tooling, requires a significant investment by the producer for the tooling required to flexo print labels. Digital printing not only saves you on tooling but also offers you a full range of brilliant color & specialty shapes.

For more information about labeling e-cigarettes and e-vape products, please contact ImageTek Labels at (802) 885-6208 or email sales@imagetekdigitallabels.com

UV Approved Laminates for Increased Efficiencies and More Durable Labels

UV Laminated Labels  

ImageTek Labels is an expert in the manufacturing of UV resistant inks and laminated labels. UV inks provide the ultimate in durability and longevity when warm weather environments like moisture and high temperatures are a concern. Resistance to extreme temperatures and ultraviolet rays are more concerning in the summer months, our weatherproof labels will combat harsh conditions that would cause physical damage to water solvent or un-laminated materials.UV Approved Laminates

With the summer months upon us, product labels have the unique job of not only representing your products well, but also protecting them. UV exposure can cause damage to labels themselves through curling, lifting or fading. Also, many products can break down or be rendered spoiled when exposed to a high degree of heat or ultra-violet light.

In order to protect your brand, packaging and products, you must first consider the process by which your labels are being printed. Certain inks are less durable than others, causing colors to run or, smudge or change during UV and water exposure. Making sure your inks are UV resistant is the first step to ensuring your seasonal-product labels will stand up to the test. Traditional print technologies are generally less resistant to the harsh conditions summer can bring, unless your using UV cured digital print technologies, your putting your products at risk for failure.

What is UV Curing?

Ultraviolet curing (commonly known as UV curing) is a photochemical process in which high-intensity ultraviolet light is used to instantly cure or “dry” inks, coatings or adhesives.  Offering many advantages over traditional drying methods, UV curing has been shown to increase production speed, reduce reject rates, improve scratch and solvent resistance, and result in superior bonding.

Who Uses UV Curing?

UV curing has been widely adapted since its introduction in the 1950’s. Used in various industries like automotive, electronics and health & beauty . UV curing replaces the conventional water and solvent-based thermal drying processes due to its ability to increase productivity and product life cycle, as well as offer more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional inks.

What Exactly is UV Curing?

By using light instead of heat, the UV curing process causes a reaction to the inks themselves, causing them to harden instantly. Traditional curing generally results in higher waste through production as many solvent based inks need to be coated then go through a process where by the majority of the ink needs to dissolve, through exposure to heat, that evaporates over 50% of the initial coating.

In UV curing, there is no solvent to evaporate and no waste, resulting in a more earth-friendly manufacturing process and less of your dollars literally going down the drain. Also, production increase through increased speeds of production, saving you both time and money.

What Can UV Curing Do For You?

UV curing results in increased benefits to manufacturers such as:

  • Superior durability that stands up to high temperatures, moisture and heat.
  • Faster speeds of production with lower costs.
  • Decreased labor by shorter work-in-process practices. Less set-up and break down time.
  • Environmental friendliness. No toxic waste left behind after production.

If you are not using UV cured inks or over-laminates on your labels, now is the time. ImageTek Labels can manufacture these UV resistant labels on a variety of facestocks including polyester, polypropylene, and UL approved laminates. We also supply base and laminate material for the PCM/Image-Tek Protector 5 printer laminator. Custom preprinted, variable serialization and four-color process are available on a wide variety of substrates as well. With digital printing providing better ways to manufacture the products your company relies on, saving you time and money. For a sample of UV printed labels or over-laminates, contact ImageTek Labels today. Drop us a line at sales@imageteklabels.com or call (866) 403-5223.