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.
November 15th, 2013
In the past 5 years there has been a 50% increase in stand-up pouch units. Beverages and pet food are the largest contributor, closely followed by human food applications. The growth in stand-up pouches is do to replacement of plastic and glass bottles and cans. The use of stand-up pouches reduces packaging costs and is more convenient for the end consumer. PCI Films Consulting forecasts that “US demand for pouches will continue to grow by around 7%p.a. to reach nearly 24 billion units in 2018.”
For more information on the future of the stand-up pouch read the following article: http://www.foodandbeveragepackaging.com/articles/86691-beverage-and-pet-food-use-majority-of-stand-up-pouches
November 8th, 2013
On Tuesday, voters rejected initiative 522. The vote was 54.8% opposed to labeling and 45.2% in favor of it. Had it passed, Washington state would have been the first in the nation to require such labeling.
Those against the initiative believed that the cost of food would have gone up and consumers would have been mislead by the labels. Those for the initiative emphasized the customer rights to know what it in the food they are buying.
No other state requires GMO food to be labeled, but many other countries do.
Who knows what the future holds for GMO food labeling.
USA Today’s article “Washington state voters reject labeling of GMO foods“:
November 1st, 2013
Reshoring, the new buzzword for the reverse migration of manufacturing from China to the U.S. With more companies making the announcement of plans to shift certain manufacturing operations back to the U.S. an unmistakable trend is taking place. A survey conducted of more then two hundred in February 2012 reveled 37% where planning to reshore or seriously consider it. With a 17% increase this year in the same survey there are now 54% considering such plans. As this trend grows,so does the growing advantage for the U.S., more jobs!
For further information on the reshoring trend read the following article from Bloomberg News, “More Companies See Advantage to Manufacturing in the U.S.”
EPI Labelers, Made In the USA!
October 25th, 2013
As we approach the Nov. 5 election the question arises will the GMO Labeling Initiative, bill I-522 be passed?
Supporters of the proposed law argue that consumers have a right to know what they are buying and eating allowing consumers to make informed discussions. Those against the proposed law argue it would increase cost to producers. They also say the law would confuse the consumer because they may see a product labeled in the store as GMO, but in a restaurant they could be served the same product without the label. There is scientific research to support both side of the I-522 bill. Farmers are split on both sides of the bill as well.
How does this bill affect the everyday consumer as well as the food producers?
For more information on the debate over labeling genetically modified food…
Methow Valley News: Genetically engineered foods target of labeling initiative
The News-Herald: Debate over genetically modified food heats up
October 18th, 2013
In 2014, SCAA is hosting its first ever 2-year event! The 26th annual exposition runs April 24-27 in Seattle. This is the specialty coffee event of the year. The SCAA has announced that Starbucks will serve as the official Host Sponsor! Nearly 10,000 guests are expected to attend this gathering. We’re looking forward to meeting people in the coffee industry and eager to sample the variety of coffee that will be featured at SCAA. EPI Labelers can’t wait to see you there! We will provide more information on the Labelers we will be showing in the coming months!
For more information on 2014 SCAA click here!
October 11th, 2013
The Food Labeling Modernization Act is a complete approach to updating labels so that consumers have all the information up front about the food they are buying for their families. The food Labeling Modernization Act (H.R. 3147) has been introduced to “modernize” food labeling. This would require updating Nutrition Facts Panels, Ingredient List Requirements, Front of Packaging and to do away with any misleading health claims. This bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to issue complete guidelines clarifying the substances in all packaged products. Nutrition keys will have to be created, symbols design showing how healthy the product is based on nutritional facts, and manufacturers would be required to put the symbols on the front of their products.
For more information read Lexoloy’s article “Legislators seek to modernize food labeling.”
October 4th, 2013
UII Bakery Labeler
EPI Labelers will exhibit its top labeling equipment at IBIE, Oct 6 through Oct 9, 2013, in Booth#11209. EPI Labelers will show a variety of machines, including the NEW Core Series. Engineered for ease of use and reliability, EPI’s labeling systems are designed to integrate to existing specific packaging lines.
Labelers at the show will include; the Top Bottom Merge System, UII Bakery Labeler Tamp, and the all-new Core Series Print/Apply and Tamp/Blow.
EPI Labelers offers machines to label; paper, clamshells, cartons, boxes, bottles, and flexible packages for VFFS, HFFS, pouches, and bread and bun bags.
For more information call 717-235-8345 or visit us at http://epilabelers.com.
September 19th, 2013
EPI Labelers will present its top labeling equipment at Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 23 through September 25, 2013 in booth C-1004.
The booth will include a variety of machines, including the NEW CORE Series. Engineered for ease of use and reliability, EPI’s labeling systems are designed to integrate to existing specific packaging lines.
Labelers at the show will include; the Flex-Pac, Top and Bottom System, Core Series, U-II, Leading Edge Corner Print/Apply and Two Panel Print/Apply.
Our machines are the answer to easy and efficient workflow production for our clients’ industries, which include; snack food, bakery, confectionery, beverage, dairy, coffee, meat and poultry, pet food, frozen food, fabric, textile and general packaging. For a detailed product list, visit http://epilabelers.com/.
September 12th, 2013
Package graphics may be what draws the consumer’s attention, but the coding & marking ensures product quality and safety. Emerging technologies also, allow tracking and traceability of product. The outer package printing communicates with the consumer making a connection.
The software behind coding & marking is becoming more sophisticated. System operation is easier, and simple interfaces allow for less error. The outer most package printing done with print and apply labels are at an advantage because many can now include radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and have improved resolution for quick-response (QR) codes.
Suppliers will continue to come up with upgrades and new offerings to improve marketing, distribution and traceability, through the printing technologies.
Discover the latest packaging innovations at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 from September 23–25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
For more information read PMMI’s article The Future of Package Printing.