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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.

Celebrate the Best of Local Vermont Business!

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ImageTek Labels would like to take this opportunity to invite you to The Made in Vermont Expo April 11,12, & 13 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction, VT. The  Exposition is designed to connect Vermont business’s with the community and each other, in an effort to support local partnerships. This annual event hosts nearly 200 exhibitors, showcasing the latest and greatest Vermont products! Click Here to learn more about the show!

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Short Run Labels Offer Long Term Benefits

Short Run Digital Printing is Better in the Long Run

Introducing a new product to market is exciting but with it comes the work of planning budgets, purchasing ingredients and finding cost effectiveShort Run Digital Labels ways to creatively package your product without cutting into to profits.  Generally, new to market products are produced in smaller batches, making it more difficult to reap the benefits associated with bulk purchasing. This challenge becomes more evident as producers work on labeling their products and packaging. Generally, producers look towards their current label printing techniques and find them- selves having to purchase label quantities in the thousands, in an effort to drive the cost per label down. Often times, labels go to waste due to redesigns or changes to ingredients. These types of issues can become expensive and cut into the bottom-line. Luckily, those days are coming to an end as digital print technologies makes short run labeling of new-to-market and seasonal products more cost effective.

Save time and money with short run digital labels

Choose a label provider with digital printing capabilities. You can feel confident developing new products, knowing the labels will be priced right and deliver the same quality you have come to expect with longer run orders. By using digital printing, you avoid set-up fees, tooling charges and enjoy lower cost per label prices in short run quantities. Rather than being forced to buy thousands of labels you won’t use and do not need, digital printing leaves money in your pocket and leans out costs associated with production. Not only will you save a few dollars, it’s also an opportunity to use more quality media because the UV cured inks won’t fade or smudge, making expensive laminates unnecessary. In addition to the savings and convenience of short run digital labels, the real value is in printing multiple label versions for seasonal products. Typically, flexo printing, which uses plates and tooling to print long runs, is only efficient when printing the same label, over and over. With digital label printing, various designs can be programmed prior to printing, so you can order low quantities of many different types of labels, without incurring tooling and plate charges for each change you make. This technology saves food producers a ton of money and makes introducing new seasonal products fun, enjoyable and even profitable!

Now’s the Time to Give it a Try

If you have not tried digital printing to date and are launching a new to market or seasonal product, now is the time! Avoid all the additional fees of your typical printing practices and step into the digital world. You will have a quick turnaround and a finished product that doesn’t break the bank. Try a new a material, put UV inks to the test and avoid the pricey laminates you have been using on your long run paper labels. Feel confident printing different versions of the same product label for on-the- shelf consumer testing and benefit from short run digital printing capabilities year round. There is a lot you can gain from printing your product labels digitally and perhaps this is your chance. Who knows, maybe you find new and improved ways to run your business that are smarter and more cost effective! To give digital printing a try contact sales@imageteklabels.com and let our label professionals walk you through the process. With no set up fee’s or tooling costs you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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!

Labeling Non-Pasteurized Food Products

Since 1999, The FDA has regulated label usage for food products that have not been pasteurized before being sold in the consumer marketplace. Products with a milk, cheese, eggs or seafood base often times must pass through a pasteurization process whereby foods are brought to a predetermined temperature, for a set period of time, in an attempt to rid the product of micro-organisms that contain harmful bacteria. Thus, lessening the risk of food borne illness for consumers, primarily for high risk demographics like the elderly, young children and infants.

If you are unsure whether or not your product requires pasteurization or for more information on specific FDA regulations regarding milk, egg or other mandatory pasteurization protocols please visit FDA.gov or contact an ImageTek Labels account representative at sales@imageteklabels.com

For stock or custom color non-pasteurized food product labels please visit https://www.imagetekdigitallabels.com/non-pasteurized-labels/