Custom Printed & Blank Deli Labels
Deli shops are increasingly more popular as lifestyles become increasingly more busy. Foods produced with locally sourced ingredients are on the rise causing delis to create unique recipes that are homemade and unique to their business
These growing trends mean custom label printing for delis with house made recipes, so consumers can find dishes that appeal to them among prepared macaroni and potato salads, veggie dishes, cured meats and sausages, sandwiches made to order, soups, etc.
Supermarkets also have deli sections that offer grab n go options to customers looking for quick and easy meal ideas.
Consumers make food choices based on a numbers of factors like personal habits, peer recommendations, and brand With that in mind, delis need to brand their homemade products to earn repeat business and inform their customers. Their labels need to have nutritional value labels that meet the FDA requirements, that provide best if used by dates and other important information.
New Labeling Regulations for Delis and Restaurants
The Food and Drug Administration regulates deli labels in the US, and provides supporting documents for producers looking to offer deli made food products. The document is titled Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home-Foods and can be found on the FDA’s website.
According to these regulations, many restaurants and delis need to provide information about their food products on menus and pre packages products. Foods that will require nutrition and calorie labeling are:
- Foods offered at at sit-down restaurants and drive-through windows
- Self-serve food at a salad bar or hot-food bar
- Pre-packaged food at a grocery store
- Baked goods like muffins and pastries at delis, bakeries and coffee shops
If you’re a deli shop owner who displays self-service food such as sandwiches, salads, bagels, donuts, and similar, those products will need to contain labels or signs adjacent to each food product or provided at the counter at the request of the customer.
However, not all restaurants and similar food venues will need to provide nutrition and calorie labeling. According to the FDA, this regulation is only for a “restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items.” Also, it is only for food product that will be consumed at the premises, or soon after leaving the venue.
Deli Product Labeling: Mandatory and Voluntary
Basic rules for mandatory deli labeling:
- Products that you do need to label strictly adhering to new FDA regulations for restaurants are those products that you pre-portion, package and display on a self-service counter, such as sliced meat, cheese, sandwiches, soups, salads, etc.
- If your store sells products that are not typically considered deli food, such as packaged ground or chopped products, they’ll need to conform to required nutrition labeling.
Deli foods not covered by the new restaurant regulations are:
- Foods typically intended for more than one person, to take home
- Foods that require additional preparation (pounds of deli meat, large deli salads, etc.)
- Foods that are not standard items in the store (daily specials, custom orders, self-service food offered for less than 60 days per calendar year, etc.)
Choose Custom Printed or Blank Deli Labels
You can chose between two types of labels for your deli products: custom printed labels and blank stickers that you can print or write on, in house and on demand. Labels and stickers can be custom die cut to any size or shape you require at no extra cost. In addition, these labels can be printed with your logo and other company information leaving blank space for you to print title, weight and use by dates.