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Made In Vermont

Article published by Melissa Howell, WCAX-TV reporter.

Made in Vermont is a term that some business owners used lightly. Now, discussions are underway to enforce standards for Vermont-based products. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture met with a European ambassador Wednesday to discuss what standards constitute a “Made in Vermont” product, and how those products measure up, globally. Made-in-Vermont

Secretary Chuck Ross of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture said, “We in Vermont are actually building the community base agriculture where we are succeeding in creating quality products that compete in the global marketplace, but are raised local in our communities.”

To compete globally, Vermont products must first follow standards to assure they are unique to the state. Joao Vale De Almeida is the European ambassador to the United States. He said, “We need to create the conditions for these new products to prosper and for the producers to be able to find the right markets.”

In an effort to follow the European system of regulating certain products, like Champagne only coming from the region of Champagne, France, a product like Vermont maple syrup could only be made right here.

“We’re close on that and trying to make it a system where it’s clear that products that are made in Vermont can be advertised as such, be recognized as such and sold as such,” explained Ross.

Regulating out of state products bearing the “made in Vermont” label is another problem.

“There are over-arching federal issues that hint of our ability as a state regulator to enforce these standards outside of the state of Vermont,” said Ross.

As terminology explaining what makes a Vermont product is currently in the works, Amy Trubek from the University of Vermont’s Nutrition and Food Sciences Department says small business owners still have concerns.

“One thing that’s very striking when you interact with people in the EU who are part of the GI system is how much technical support there is for small-scale producers,” Trubek explained.

Trubek says Europe helps small businesses understand their business culturally and how to make it better. But similarities between Europe and the U.S., like customer demand, means there are hopes to soon ship overseas.

“Vermont is a good example of a state that invests in quality food,” said Vale De Almeida, “and we would like to create the expansion of trade across the Atlantic of all these products.”

As trade negotiations between the U.S. and Europe move forward, Vale De Almeida says they have launched a process that could lead to the creation of the biggest free trade area in the world. That means defining “made in Vermont” products would benefit small businesses here in Vermont.

ImageTek Labels is a Proud Sponsor of The Prouty 2013

A Day of Golf to Help Fight Cancer

Springfield, VT – June 11, 2013 – ImageTek Labels is happy to announce their sponsorship of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s signature event, The Prouty 2013.   Over the last 32 years, The Prouty has evolved into the three day event/fundraiser that it is today. With thousands of participants and a schedule of events to include biking, running, rowing and golf – The Prouty has taken on a life of its own. With the help of over 1,200 volunteers annually, The Prouty event made over 2.5 million dollars of charitable donations to cancer research in 2012.Prouty 2013

In addition to research, funds raised by The Prouty also aid in patient support groups, massage therapists, art and writing programs, transportation and other amenities that make treatment as comfortable and beneficial as possible for patients of the center. “It is truly amazing to see so many people come together to help the cause. Remarkable people, getting the job done and having a great time doing it.” says Alicia Baker, ImageTek Labels Marketing Coordinator. “It’s a great way to honor loved ones and celebrate those who are here, living with cancer everyday. Those are the real heroes.”

For more information about The Prouty and how you can register to participate, volunteer or donate please visit www.theprouty.org or call 603-653-3628.

About ImageTek Labels:

 Located in the heart of Vermont’s Precision Valley, ImageTek Labels prints and converts labeling solutions for customers in industries ranging from aerospace to specialty food production. We utilize conventional and the latest in digital printing technologies to satisfy our customers’ needs and we are, also, a major supplier of blank label media, lamination supplies and label application equipment.

Our company is staffed by a variety of technical and engineering professionals who listen to our customers’ requirements and specifications. Our sales staff is ready to work with you to plan a strategy to increase your productivity and assure you a positive return on your labeling investment.

ImageTek Labels is a true full service manufacturing facility. Our charter is to provide high quality, reliability and versatility in all of our product lines – we offer a total solution. We listen to the needs and goals of our customers and consistently exceed expectations with quality, on-time delivery.