March 11th, 2014
In the Obamacare package, there is a regulation for calorie labeling for foods sold in fast food chains. The labeling regulation seemed insignificant at first, however, it has the potential to turn many small businesses upside down.
The problem with this the regulation is that it is vague and extends to “similar retail food establishments,” meaning the FDA could have the power to force small businesses to label their products with calorie information as well. Although the law was originally made for large fast food chains, small independent businesses are going to take the hit with this one.
Calorie labeling…it’s straightforward right? Wrong, and the even bigger issue comes when people customize orders—do businesses have to provide calorie information for every possible combination? FDA Commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, admitted that she “actually thought [calorie labeling] would be one of the more straightforward tasks, but little did I know how complicated it would be.”
The calorie-labeling regulation is not one of the more expensive government regulations being issued this year. But for small businesses it could be the difference between making or breaking their business. And non-traditional food retailers don’t think you are in the clear, because you may be subject to this change as well.
This regulation is such a mess. Things may have made more sense if calorie labeling was effective in lowering the obesity rate, but many studies have found that this is not so. A study in Philadelphia, PA, which has enacted their own calorie labeling mandate, found this had no effect on the customer. Many of the customers stated they didn’t even notice the calories posted. Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity states, “Had the ACA done their homework, they would have realized the mandated calorie labeling is an ineffective method of fighting obesity.”
How does this affect YOUR business?
February 21st, 2014
EPI Labelers will exhibit some of their top labeling equipment at SNAXPO, March 1-4, 2014 in booth 644. We will be showing our Top/Bottom labeler as well as our Print/Apply – Tamp/Blow Labeler on a Case Taper. All of our labelers are engineered for ease of use and reliability, EPI’s labeling systems are designed to integrate to existing specific packaging lines.
February 19th, 2014
According to CNN Health, updating nutrition labels is the priority this year for the Food and Drug Administration.
For decades labels have remained the same. It wasn’t until the late 1960′s that most food labels listed any nutrition information at all. If foods had labels it was because the FDA considered them to have special dietary uses. This was a time when most people were making meals at home and using less processed foods.
Today, with consumer’s busy lifestyle more processed foods are being consumed. Even though shoppers have shifted priorities as they better understand nutrition and have a better idea of what they should look for, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit organization that advocates for better safety and nutrition information in the food industry want food labels nutritional information to be broken down even further. Thus making it even easier for consumers to make healthier choices.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest gave the FDA its wish list for these labels. To read more about what changes may take place read Fat, calories, sugar: Nutrition labels getting a makeover on CNN Health!
February 11th, 2014
Our rental programs provide the opportunity to try NEW promotional programs.
EPI Labelers was contacted recently to build, ship and install 25 rental labelers in 6 different plants across the US. The labelers were for a on pack cross promotion. We were able to supply these labelers to mount to 8 different types of flexible packaging lines and have the customer up and running within 21 days of receiving their order. Achieving affordable labeling solutions is easy through our rental program!
January 20th, 2014
I received a call from a customer in Brooklyn NY asking “why does the liner keep breaking?” He has had his EPI Flex-Pac Labeler for almost four years and has had no issues. He asked “is it the labels or the equipment?” I asked him to check to make sure all of the rollers were spinning free and that the supply spool was releasing properly. He said “everything looked good, but they had made some adjustments to the supply spool.” I could tell he was getting frustrated and I knew that they had orders to fill so the issue needed to be resolved fast.
So, I suggested that I come up at the same time as the label supplier so that we could get the problem solved. Let’s just say I didn’t have to ask twice and I was on my way to Brooklyn.
I arrived at the bakery in the morning, the operator threaded the labeler and ran it for me, it ran two labels and the liner broke. We repeated the process and the liner broke again. The operator asked if I wanted to run it again, I told him that I needed to look over the labeler to see what was happening.
At this point the label supplier showed up, he appeared to be ready for me to blame the labels. I shook his hand and told him it looks like it is a tension problem, I saw nothing wrong with the labels. He stood there in shock for a few minutes and then offered to help if I needed anything.
I wound up rebuilding the supply spool and returning everything back to factory settings. Then I checked to make sure all of the rollers were spinning free. After making one adjustment on the supply spool the labeler was off and running. We ran without issue until the entire product was packaged.
Before I left I tested the labeler without product and saw no issues with the liner tearing. Through all of this I also noticed that the drive drum was in need of some attention, I removed the drum and restored factory settings. The customer was happy and the label supplier made sure he had my card because he wanted to be able to contact me when he gets asked about equipment.
In the end the one thing that I can’t convey enough is that over time parts wear and small adjustments to the equipment are made, which is perfectly normal. However, if you get into a situation where the adjustments that are being made don’t help it’s best to restore everything back to the original settings when built at EPI. In most cases this will get the labeler up and running. If by chance it does not, call tech support.
By Drew Faust – Sales
January 10th, 2014
Recently, the production manager from a large regional baker called me and exclaimed that he was drowning in a “sea of orange day-glo”.
Those of you familiar with commercial baking know that orange day-glo labels are a mainstay for bakery promotional labeling. He went on to explain that his current labeling equipment (not ours) seemed to be better at labeling the conveyor and floor than the product. We spent some time talking about his application and, after feeling comfortable that we understood his situation, I introduced him to EPI’s Bakery Labeler. I explained to him that this labeler was designed specifically for labeling bread and buns and that its pivoting tamp applicator allowed it to quickly change between labeling the top and the gusset end of loaves. Best of all, the tamp applicator gently, but securely applies labels directly to the product, thereby draining his “sea of orange day-glo.”
By Jim Immel – Sales
December 26th, 2013
As Americans take a closer look at what they are eating, food and beverage companies are realizing that funny sound ingredients are turning Americans away. These unknown ingredients are also inviting criticism from online bloggers, damaging the publicity of products. This has proven to be serious enough that manufacturers are reformulating products to remove the unknown.
According to Ali Dibadj, a Bernstein analyst who covers the packaged food and beverage industry states, “It used to be that people would just decide not to buy the product. Now they’re actually agitating for change.”
Food and beverage makers are making changes quietly without alerting the consumer. They don’t want bring attention to these ingredients. They are slowing removing them until they are all gone.
Take another look at the food you are eating. An ingredient or two may have vanished.
For more information on the vanishing ingredients read Huffpost Healthy Living, As Food Labels Get Closer Look, Ingredients Vanish.
December 23rd, 2013
The holidays are here! While most gifts have been bought, it’s never too late to think of festive and creative labeling when wrapping your packages. There are so many Christmas labels available for gift-wrapping over the holiday season. A little creativity can personalize even the most simple of gifts.
Often, people are looking for last minute housewarming gifts when rushing out to holiday parties. If this is the case for you, the right label can dress up a simple gift idea!
Blogs like “caramel potatoes” suggests making a homemade treat into a holiday treat. Homemade cookies are sure to be a hit at any party, but when it comes wrapped in a festive label, you score points for your creativity and cooking skills! Visit the website to download and print the Santa’s Cookie Stash Label! Adding a holiday label is a simple way to improve the presentation of this gift!
Countless people gift wine over the holiday season, but a unique label can make your bottle stand out from the others! Sites like bottle your brand offer personalized labels that you allow you to add names, dates and pictures to decorate your gift for the season. This would make the perfect hostess gift to bring to holiday parties.
The holidays are a great time to take advantage of the simplicity of labeling, but it’s important to remember that the label speaks for your package no matter what time of year. Consumers and friends alike form impressions based on the packaging before they ever reveal what’s inside. The right label makes all the difference!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE TEAM AT EPI LABELERS!!!
November 22nd, 2013
|Over the next 3-5 years key labeling issues
confronting product manufacturers include:
- Reducing label unit costs
- Use of thinner label stock
- Reduction of label material waste
- Greater use of sustainable materials
- Implementing anti-counterfeiting and tamper evident measures
- Improved tracking across the supply chain
PMMI Labeling Market Research Study
Labels are one of the largest changing elements of packaging. As labeling trends become more important, manufacturers are expected to integrate new labelers or turn to retrofit solutions for existing lines. New labeling equipment or modifications to current equipment will more then likely be needed in order for manufacturers to keep up with the changing label trends. New ways to enhance labels and draw attention to products on the shelf continue to grow. Pressure sensitive labels are the most popular label type, but they will receive competition from stretch sleeve, heat shrink, in-mold and other labeling methods. The bottom line is with the continuing change of labels material, sustainability and peripherals, product manufacturers need to be looking for more in their OEMs then just equipment.
For a full report read Trends in Labeling.