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Local Label Solutions – 3 New England Producers

Our business has been rooted in Vermont for decades and in that time we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with some of New England’s leading, local brands. From specialty foods, to craft beer and hemp producers, we’ve teamed up with some of the areas most well-known companies, delivering custom label solutions that stick.

When it comes to labels and packaging, every business has its own unique set of challenges.  We’ve picked up our fair share of tricks along the way and our years of experience help us to fast-track custom label solutions for all kinds of customers. We thought we’d share some of the issues we’ve come across over our years in business. So, we picked few of our favorite, local companies and with their blessing, decided to tell you a little more about how we helped them overcome their labeling hurdles.

North Country Smokehouse

local label solutions, food labels, custom food labels, specialty food labels, custom labels

As one of the America’s few remaining, family owned smokehouses, North Country Smokehouse has been crafting artisanal smoked meats and cheeses for more than a century. Their new smokehouse is located in Claremont, NH and as you can imagine, producing smoky meats for the masses means meeting strict safety, environmental, and equipment standards.

Challenge: NCS moved into a new facility just a few short months before we met them, and with that came a long-list of challenges. The company had been labeling their products the same way for years and up until the move, they had it all figured out. That was, until their first day of production in the new smokehouse. The labels were no longer sticking but why?

Solution: Our label gurus headed on over to the new smokehouse. Choosing a local label provider means feet on the ground when problems arise. After a brief assessment, we learned that the new smokehouse was built with tighter temperature controls and the label application was a bit colder than it was previously. The temperature changes, however small, were preventing the adhesive from binding to the flexible packaging substrate. We paired a new aggressive, cold temp adhesive with a polypropylene media and moisture resistant over laminate, and had NCS up and running again in no time.

Bent Hill Brewing

local label solutions, craft beer labels, beer bottle labels, beer can labels

This three barrel brewery is located on a 16-acre farm in the Braintree Mountain range of central Vermont. They produce a variety of artisanal craft beers using ingredients from their own land. They grow their own hops, blackberries, blueberries, currants, and cherries. How cool is that?

Brewing over 20 different styles of beer means they had a lot to think about – and anyone who knows anything about craft beer knows one thing. These days – the labels are everything.

Challenges: The first order of business for Bent Hill was finding a local label provider that can respond quickly and ship fast. The brewery is known for producing seasonal flavors in short runs and it was important to them that their provider be quick and nimble. Next in line, was sourcing a cost effective label supplier who could print variable labels without stacking up expensive setup fees.  When you have two dozen label versions, hidden artwork charges can add up fast. Last but not least, beer cans are made from aluminum and have a smooth surface. The low surface energy of the beer cans and cold, wet environments required ultimate label performance.

Solution: With over a decade of experience labeling craft beer cans, we were more than familiar with Bent Hill’s label requirements. Our low label minimums, complimentary setup for variable designs and 5-day shipping guarantee made us the right fit for this brewery, and lucky for us, we’ve been printing their labels for some time. We worked with them to pair specialty media with the right cold temp adhesive combination that survives refrigerated environments and enhances their intricate label designs. 

VT Bacon Soap

local label solutions, cosmetics labels, soap labels, custom health and beauty labels

If you cock your head to the right, stand on one foot and squint – you can see Okemo Mountain from our office. At the base of the mountain sits VT Bacon Soap. In case the name didn’t give it away, they make soap…. with BACON. Aside the obvious points for coolest company ever, their making strides towards sustainability by producing soaps, shower gels and sugar scrubs that are phthalate and paraben free, non GMO, without harsh chemicals or preservatives. Despite everything they’re doing right, the fact remains, labeling soap can be hard. 

Challenge:

VT Bacon Soap called us looking for a flexible label with good contour to accommodate their specialty shapes. The label had to hug the soap just right, without cracking, wrinkling or curling. It also had to survive the life cycle of the product by resisting oils and residue, to maintain a shelf stable presentation.

Solution:

First things first – we sent multiple sets of media over for testing. With a little finesse and a  lot of teamwork, VT Bacon Soap found a media combination that was malleable enough for their specialty label shapes and could withstand the soaps natural characteristics. Our laser cutting Spartanics system meant VT Bacon Soap could avoid expensive tooling charges, and by printing digitally, they saved money on color charges. This was an ideal solution for their them, being that their custom soap labels are vibrant with a full color floodcoat.

So, there you have it. Three local label challenges and the solutions that made them stick. For more information about how ImageTek Labels can help you overcome your labeling hurdles, simply drop us line by emailing sales@imageteklabels.com or calling (866) 403-5223.

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/

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

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!
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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.

 

 

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.

 

Food Label Identity Regulations

Food Label Identity Regulations

 

Food Label Identity Regulations & Standards

Food label identity regulations are set fourth by The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and regulated by Consumer Protection Sections within the agency. There are three primary requirements for food identity regulations when it comes to product identity, they are as follows:

This must appear on the main panel of any and all labels.

1.) It must display the name as required by State or Federal regulation such as a standard of identity or, in the absence of this;
2.) The common or generic name
3.) The term cannot be misleading or deceptive.

In some cases , the food label identity is not required. If the commodity is easily recognizable through the wrapper. Meat and poultry labels must always state identity.

For more information on identity and how best to design your food product labels please contact ImageTek Labels by emailing sales@imageteklabels.com or calling (866) 403-5223

 

ImageTek Labels to Attend The 2013 5x5x5 Awards in Burlington, VT.

The Annual 5 x 5 x 5 Awards are scheduled to take place in Burlington, VT. September 16th, 2013 Hosted by Keybank and Vermont Business Magazine, the 5 x 5 x 5 Awards celebrate the achievements of the top 5 fastest growing Vermont businesses. Nominees are selected from five categories, and evaluated based on their growth over the last five years. award-5x5x5

Keynote speakers will include Jeffrey Carr, Vermont’s President and Economist of Economic Policy Resources, Inc. The day’s events are described as providing a forum for smaller Vermont businesses to interact and learn from one another’s experiences.  ImageTek Labels is eager to celebrate the success of our customers and fellow Vermont manufacturing facilities like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, All Earth Renewables and North Hartland Tool Company.

For those interested in attending The 5 x 5 x 5 Awards at the Double Tree Hotel on Monday, September 16th in Burlington, VT from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. please visit http://guestlistapp.com/events/174207