Changes to Canadian Nutrition Facts Table | Deadline 2021

In the food and beverage industry, the nutrition facts table is an integral feature of the product label. Displayed directly on your product, the nutrition facts table must be accurate and updated to adhere to governmental changes.

If you are a consumer or business owner, it is important to understand and use the nutrition facts label correctly. Going hand-in-hand with the ingredient listing, the nutrition facts table is required on most packaged foods in many countries.

On December 14th, the Canadian FDA announced changes to be made to their nutrition facts table.

They released a statement regarding these major upcoming changes, explaining “We’re making improvements to the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on food labels based on feedback from Canadians and stakeholders. The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes. This means that you might start seeing new food labels as early as 2017.”

Some of the major label changes include:

  • Serving size more consistent to easily compare to similar foods & know how many calories and nutrients are being consumed
  • Increased calorie font size
  • New % daily value, % daily sugars value and footnote
  • Clearly defined list of sugars included within ingredient list

You can review the full article statement here.

So what does this mean to you?

There will be a much greater need for the flexibility of changing, altering and updating label information on demand.

Who does this affect?

If you are a food/beverage industry business owner in Canada, this will clearly affect your production line, label design and product distribution overall. However, this change is not limited to Canadian businesses.

If you are a global company and/or a company who distributes products to Canada, all labels containing the nutrition facts table must change to adhere to the new Canadian FDA rulings.

How can you make these adjustments easier on your business?

It’s simple. With the need for such specific, on-demand labels you will most likely require private labeling.

The only downfall to this path is the additional expenses that come with outsourced private label companies, which includes shipping time and labeling errors.

If this is a concern, an in-house color label printer is your solution.

Using your own color label printer will allow you to make these changes to your entire product labels within your own facility, saving you the time and money spent on outsourcing.

With label values, listings and percentages becoming more specific, owning your own label printer will let you make changes to your labels or create new ones right on your own production line.

So what are you waiting for? These changes are coming soon. Getting a head start on such a significant change is never a bad idea.

Learn more about quality on-demand color label printer options today.

 

 

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Sources:
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Why Seasonal Packaging Can Help You Gain Customers

It’s that time of year again; time to decorate your store windows, run holiday sales and, most importantly, switch up your product labels.

That’s right. It’s the holiday season! Everyone wants to get in the spirit, and what’s more cheerful than a festively packaged product? 

If you print your labels in-house, this isn’t a hard task to complete. But if you don’t print in-house, that is something you may want to reconsider.

During the holidays, you could be missing out on major sales revenue without seasonal packaging. Why?

Products that are polished, seasonal and unique have a better chance of being picked up and chosen over a similar product.

Recent studies show that product labels are much more critical in the buyer’s journey than anticipated.

Ben Schubert from Nielsen’s Innovation Practice in Europe was recently involved in a report analyzing the topic stating, “Package design is the dark horse of the marketing world. It receives little attention compared to other marketing disciplines, and its impact tends to be vastly underestimated.”

More often than not, what we think are the little things actually end up being much bigger.

Humans are highly visual beings. When we see something aesthetically pleasing, it catches our eye. Your product may be exactly what the consumer is looking for, but if not presented the right way, it is easily passed over.

This is especially heightened during the holiday seasons, where our eyes are trained to pick up on certain color patterns and images. Not convinced?

Nielson continues, “Back-to-basics marketing such as how essential it is to stand out at the shelf has become slightly lost due to marketers’ increasing focus on where to advertise in a media-saturated world.

Nearly 60% of product decisions are made at the shelf, and 56% of European consumers say in-store discovery is one of their top information sources for new products, compared to 45% for TV ads.”

Now those are staggering numbers. More than half of consumers’ decisions are made at the shelf? Presuming the setup is that of a regular market, that means more than half of the buyers decisions are based on the label alone.

That’s something to pay attention to.

It is more important than ever to remain ahead of the curve, and utilizing information like this will help push you to the forefront.

Think about it, which product would be more likely purchased on the spot: a branded box of truffles or a holiday packaging edition of similar truffles? The presentation matters. Most would go with the latter.

This year, while speaking on a similar topic, Gillian Christie, founder & CEO of adVentures Academy reveals that, “Design message on packaging can be the make or break point with your target audience.”

And we couldn’t agree more.

Your seasonal packaging and even personalized packaging can help you gain customers, giving you an edge on your competition and a greater chance for consumers to try your products.

Christie continues, “Understanding consumer behavior and identifying the exact buying motivators, hot buttons and the specific ‘conversion factor’ for that target audience is the differentiating factor between a good design and a great design.”

Now that the labels and packaging have been identified as such a large conversion factor (60%), the opportunity to greatly increase your consumer base is within your grasp.

So how do you use this to your advantage?

Take control over your production line and print your labels in-house.

Managing your labeling process can reap a plethora of benefits in addition to catching the customers’ eye. With less room for errors, no wait time or shipping, and reduced waste, your in-house label printer or packaging system would be earning its keep by saving and earning you money.

What are you waiting for?

It’s the holiday season! Get inspired! Feel the magic! And make your packaging great.

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Sources:
Packaging News
Food Dive
Business Dictionary
Lake Champlain Chocolates
Thermopylae Sciences & Technology

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PACK EXPO 2016: QuickLabel Releases New Label Printer & Branding at Tradeshow

Thank you, Chicago!

If you weren’t able to see us at our booth, this year’s PACK EXPO in Chicago was one of the most successful and eventful shows for QuickLabel.

Newly Redesigned Booth

To begin, this was our first year exhibiting at the show with our new name “QuickLabel” vs. “QuickLabel Systems” from our company rebrand.

Our entire booth was redesigned to adhere to our new style guidelines and verbiage.

In other words, our booth got a makeover.

New banners, posters, flyers and display colors were created and integrated for the consistency of our modernized look and feel.
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Pack Expo Faces

We were pleased to see some familiar faces while we were at the show. Some of our customers took the time to pay a visit to our booth during their stay!jodys_visit

Jody’s Popcorn’s Melvin Hudson & Dr. Alan Wagner, our Kiaro! customers stopped by to see what we were up to and review our latest releases.

Another one of our visitors were a blast from the past, being an original Vivo! customer. Shawn from Brandt Consolidated was happy to speak with us and spend time at our booth the first day of Pack Expo. vivo_customerBrandt Consolidated has been around since 1953, helping its local growers implement custom approaches to crop management and provides cutting-edge products to customers world-wide.

It truly makes us happy that our customers know they can always stop by and catch up with us. It was wonderful to see part of our QuickLabel family! Thank you!

QL-800 Release

Perhaps the most eventful portion of Pack Expo 2016 was the unveiling of our latest color label printer, the QL-800.

The QL-800 is designed with the power of a high-end digital printing press, sold at just a fraction of the price.  The fastest, most versatile in-house digital color label printer available, the QL-800 combines printing of both narrow and wide labels with high speed, high-quality output. The QL-800 is the best tool for customizing your product labels in affordable small quantities.

packexpobooth3smallWhen you use the QL-800 to print your labels in your own office or factory, you’ll move beyond excess inventory and production delays to achieve a lean, one-piece flow production process. The QL-800 gives you flexibility and cost-savings by allowing you to digitally printing the right label for the right customer in the right quantity, just-in-time.  A true digital printer, the QL-800 easily lets you print labels with any text, barcode, or color graphics in affordable small batches.

It’s perfect for labeling multiple different products or labeling for different wholesale customers. During Pack Expo, the QL-800 was so well received, multiple were sold on the spot during the first days of the tradeshow!

If you want to learn more about the QL-800, please feel free to visit its new page on our website.

We want to thank everyone again for coming out! And thank you for the experience, Pack Expo. See you next year!


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5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an In-House Label Printer

So you’re thinking of getting your own in-house color label printer? Great!

You’re on the path to gain more independence and control within your business. That’s probably why you’ve come here, am I right?

We know the issues that can arise when using an outside printing source. No longer are you going to have to deal with costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses.

Now the question is what type of inkjet label printer do you need?

kiaro_new_labelsDepending on the type of industry you’re in, your labeling needs are bound to vary. There are requirements and specifications that you need to look into before making your purchase.

But don’t worry; QuickLabel is here to help make your buyer’s journey much easier.

There are 5 important questions you need to know the answers to before you make your decision. These questions will help determine what type of inkjet label printer is the best fit for your business.

Let’s get started.

  1. What size labels are you printing?

Each printer has different characteristics, including the label width they are capable of printing on. You wouldn’t get the same label printer used for e-cigarette labels as for a cleaning solution jug.

You may know the type of label you want to create in-house, but before you go making any decisions, you really need to know the width you require.

If you know what size labels you need, you should be able to have them printed out just as you want them on the first run. After all, this is supposed to make things easier for you.

quickflex-label-collage-3For example, if you’re printing e-liquid bottles you don’t want a system that prints up to 9.07 inches in width. You’d go for the smaller, narrower print of up to 2.48 inches in width. The same applies if you want to produce wide, durable labels. The printer has to be able to give you exactly what you and your product require, which bring us to the next question…

  1. Do your labels have regulations? (FDA)

Are there certain requirements your labels are supposed to follow? For example, FDA regulations for medical labels or nutrition facts. If you want to distribute your products, these must be met. They also have to be accurate.

Meeting FDA regulations for nutrition panels can be an intimidating task. There are font restrictions, mandatory statements, allergen alerts, and difficult calculations for daily values. As a food manufacturer, you need to spend your energy on your recipes, production, branding and sales – not on interpreting FDA labeling mandates.

However, it’s absolutely necessary to adhere to FDA regulations to avoid recalls and to present your customer with the quality and transparency in packaging they’ve come to expect.

There is a great risk of mislabeling when you rely on pre-printed labels. Human beings are responsible for selecting the correct label, and they can make mistakes. Whether it is a food, medical or other health related label, both create a serious health risk if not labeled properly.

food_and_drug_administration_logo-svgWith QuickLabel printers, you gain the flexibility and accuracy you need to meet the required standards.

For example, the Kiaro! label printer has the capability to print your food labels in astounding 1200 dpi resolution to ensure that the intricate details (and small text sizes) on your nutrition labels are perfectly printed every single time.

Printing compliant food labels in-house with a Kiaro! label printer also gives you the capability to control your compliance in-house, by overseeing each part of the labeling process: design and printing.

You’ll have fewer labeling mistakes because you’ll be able to control the entire labeling process.

  1. Do you need to print barcodes? If so, do you need 200dpi or 600dpi?

If you are printing for food, beverage, clothing, or any item that requires purchasing, you need a barcode label.

So what next? Many people debate the pros and cons of whether to select a 200 dpi barcode label printer or a 600 dpi barcode label printer.

High-resolution barcode label printers can economize limited label space and improve barcode scan ability, but are higher-priced than traditional 200 dpi barcode printers.

Barcode printing in 200 dpi is great for text, numbers, and codes, but may appear a bit grainy or pixelated. You can improve the print quality of a barcode printed in 200 dpi by making the barcode physically larger on your label, but you may not have enough space to do this on your label.

If you decide to do this, please note that each barcode must be scaled proportionately, since the aspect ratio of each barcode is strictly defined by each barcode symbology.

Using a 600 dpi barcode printer is best if you wish to minimize the size of the barcode you print on your label, or when you need to print a lot of text and want to minimize the space it occupies on your label. A high resolution label printer is also useful when you have a small size label, a small size product, or when you are labeling a small area on your container or package. It’s also the best way to reproduce a 2D barcode.

All in all, it’s really based on your product needs. Take a look below to see the difference:

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  1. Do your labels contain heavy or intricate imagery?

Not all labels are used commercially, meaning not all labels require photographic imagery. If you’re using your labels for strictly barcodes or low resolution imagery, you don’t need to waste your expenses on a higher resolution printer.

For example, you can use a 600 dpi barcode printer to make barcode labels with very small text, at sizes as small as 4 pt., and makes barcode label graphics in near-lithographic print quality with consistent, solid fills and clean lines and curves. This can be used for small-size identification labels, rating plate labels, and PC board labels.

203dpi barcode printers are also an option, creating low-cost custom labels for primary display labeling in the color of your choice, including variable information such as product description, flavor, weight, size, nutrition facts, ingredients, and barcode onto the open space of the pre-printed label.image

Or, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, if you need superior high quality resolution for commercial labels, that’s an option as well. It may cost more, but for the product type and quality, it’s definitely worth it.

So, you have options. The only speed bump is determining what level of imagery your product needs.

  1. Where do you store your products?

This question is sometimes overlooked, which can result in unattractive products and wasted label stock.

Did you know that if you label frozen food products, you have to use a durable, freeze resistant labeling system? That’s right. Your printer must be able to print that specific label material and adhesive to remain on your product.

What your products are exposed to and the environment in which they are normally stored can completely ruin a label.

Without the right printer, your frozen food labels can wrinkle due to condensation, fade away due to UV store lights, or lose their adhesion and fall off due to low temperature.

jones_priav2a6221_co_tire_label2For example, a Kiaro! inkjet label printer can print frozen food labels that don’t peel off at the astounding quality of 1200 dpi. That means you’ll have professional frozen food labels printed instantly – right in your facility, and you can apply them after your foods are already frozen or before they go into the freezer.

This applies to chemical resistance, UV resistance, abrasion and water resistance as well.

So make sure that when you purchase your in-house color label printer, it has every single one of the traits you require.

You deserve nothing less.

Hopefully, this article helped you get a clearer idea of what you need, or at least the types of questions you should be asking to get you there!

Good luck on your journey to owning your own color label printer. Happy printing!

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In-House QuickLabel Label Printers Are a Huge Benefit for Food Commissaries & College Dining

Did you know that printing labels in-house can save you time and money?

When relying on an outside print-house you have to keep track of your label inventory. Do you have enough chicken salad labels, or are you running out? You probably order thousands of pre-printed labels that take up valuable storage space.

There are many benefits of printing your own labels, especially in the prepared food industry:

  • Precisely print 3-point font to list every ingredient & vitamin percentage
  • Create use-by dates for perishable prepared foods on an as-needed basis
  • Additionally print barcodes, expiration dates and prices

jodys_labelsPrinting your own food commissary labels is a great idea, but it can also become a costly process. It takes a lot to create your product, package it, include the correct nutrition facts, have the correct barcode and make sure you have enough labels in stock.

With QuickLabel color label systems, your process gets a whole lot easier.

No longer will you have to wait for your pre-printed label orders or deal with the chaos of misprints. QuickLabel printers allow you to easily print your own food labels, including nutrition facts, barcodes, pricing, expiration dates and stunning imagery all in one round.

University and College Dining Services Departments across the USA are printing their own custom food labels for sandwiches, salads, snacks and other prepared foods using a desktop QuickLabel color label printer.

QuickLabel offers a variety of color label printers, varying from label width, length, and speed.

With QuickLabel inkjet label printers, you can easily find the right fit, instantly printing food labels in short runs for all campus special events – holidays, sporting events, fundraisers, camps, conferences, and campus activities. Pair your new food creations and familiar menu-favorites with brilliant customized labels that you design yourself, right in your kitchen or office.img_8861

Using our label printers, you can specialize in printing vibrant, beautiful color food labels that attract diners. Our selection prints from 300 to 1600 dpi quality for lavish and appetizing images.

It’s also versatile enough to print basic one-color or solid full-bleed labels for any color combination. And of course, it can print barcodes, expiration dates, and prices!

Hear for yourself!

Dave’s Marketplace is Rhode Island’s largest independent grocer, and prints hundreds of thousands of food labels for its produce and prepared foods with the Kiaro! color label printer. See what they had to say:

“It’s a fabulous machine. I don’t know how I did some of the stuff I did without it… From a design standpoint right down to final production – it will produce anything you want.”
– Steve Alfaia, POS Coordinator & Graphic Designer, Dave’s Marketplace

With us, you can create quality labels that help you stand out from the competition.

See our full list of customer testimonials to learn more.

Because our label printers print in up to an astonishing 1600 dpi, you can print the most intricate, readable barcodes for any P.O.S. The fine detail is perfect for nutrition labels which contain a lot of information in a small amount of space. QuickLabel printers can even print 3-point font so you can list every ingredient, and every vitamin percentage, on every one of your prepared foods.ql_111_800_kiaro

The ability to print in 300-1600dpi with excellent precision ensures the quality of your label, ultimately catching the eyes of consumers with its stunning and completely customizable design.

QuickLabel not only provides all the requirements for your prepared food & beverage labels, we make your products look great!

With over 40 years of experience and reliability, we have the resources to guarantee the best quality product on the market.

Improve your work flow today and see for yourself! Schedule an in-person demonstration with us.

One of our trained technicians will come to your facility and use your artwork to print your labels on one of our QuickLabel printers.

Or, contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer!

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What Pressure-Sensitive Label Materials Does QuickLabel Have to Offer its Clients?

There’s more to labels than meets the eye.

Whether you are using a QuickLabel printer or some other brand of desktop label printer, serious consideration needs to be given to the label facestock and the adhesive. Nobody wants their food labels peeling off their refrigerated products, right? That’s why we’re here, to make it easy for you.

We have four main types of labels and ribbons, each with a variety of options to best suit your product and design, whether it is for our printer or a competitor’s.

So what do we offer?

Inkjet Labels
QuickLabel’s specially developed materials absorb inks extremely fast so that printed labels do not smear or smudge. With QuickLabel label stocks, you buy peace of mind & performance at an affordable price.

img_8861Tire Labels: Yes, we make inkjet tire labels.  Our unique PET label stock withstands high temperatures, moisture, will not be affected by rubber out-gassing and will definitely not come off your tires.  With 40 grams of low-ooze, next generation hot melt adhesive, you’ll be in business.

Beer Labels: We have high gloss inkjet paper labels with a water-soluble adhesive that disintegrates after a few minutes in 100F water.  You’ll be able to send your bottles out for cleaning without a hitch!

Drum Labels: A variety of drum labels are also available, including paper & polypropylene, with aggressive and plasticizer-resistant adhesives.

Freezer Adhesive Labels: Freezer adhesives are available both on glossy paper and on glossy polypropylene label stocks

Cover-up and Removable:  We manufacture a variety of cover-up and removable inkjet label stocks.  Just ask and we’ll get you exactly what you need.

Whether you choose a textured paper label for wine labels or a glossy clear synthetic label for cosmetics labels, there is an ideal label for you.

When you place your order, we make your labels fresh from raw material, using our just-in-time production management system.

We carry nearly 100 different label and tag stocks, and if we don’t have the material you’re looking for, we’ll engineer it, test it and produce it to meet your end use requirements.

Just ask one of our Media Sales Specialists!

See how Browndog Creamery uses our inkjet labels to not only create delectable designs to match their delicious ice cream, but how our labels maintain color-fastness and quality even in their freezing storage conditions.

To read descriptions of our inkjet label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Labels
To enhance print performance, QuickLabel’s Media Lab created our line of thermal transfer label materials to produce excellent print quality and end-use durability – especially, but not limited to, use with QuickLabel’s own line of thermal transfer ribbons and label printers.

Our labels produce high-quality printing on other brands of thermal transfer and barcode printers. Just like the inkjet labels, all of our labels are made to order.

quickflex-label-collage-3With QuickLabel, you have the choice of 70+ Materials.

We manufacture and stock over seventy different pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive printing materials – from matte paper labels with freezer adhesive to polypropylene labels with removable adhesive and much more.

To read descriptions of our thermal transfer label and tag materials, click here.

Thermal Transfer Ribbons (Black or Color)
We also manufacture and sell barcode ribbon (also known as thermal transfer ribbon) for your barcode printer.

Our barcode ribbon is sold at a direct low price, from general-purpose black wax ribbon to black wax-resin ribbon and black resin thermal transfer ribbon for every thermal printer brand.

QuickLabel manufactures the largest variety of spot color thermal transfer ribbons in the industry. No one has as many thermal transfer ribbons colors as us.

  • Black Barcode Printer Ribbon: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin, Special Resin
  • Color Thermal Transfer Ribbons: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin

Laser / LED Labels
We’ve even developed special materials that are capable of withstanding high fusing temperature while producing vivid, long-lasting printed labels that resist moisture, UV light, abrasion, and most solvents – even without lamination.

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Our labels are able to portray highly accurate design and multi-level shading for superior print quality and clarity. To read descriptions of our Laser / LED label and tag materials, click here.

All in all, we have label materials for any and all product labeling requirements. No matter what industry or storage specifications, we make sure our labels always remain durable and maintain high quality.

Our labels are available for competitor printers as well, allowing you to experience the value and ergonomic pricing of our products without owning a QuickLabel printer.

To shop our complete list of labels and ribbons and learn more about what we offer, visit our supply store!

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Think You’re Cut Out For Our Referral Benefits?

If you’ve invested in a QuickLabel printer, you already know the height of benefits you and your company are reaping.

From printing in 600-1600dpi, producing customizable labels at up to 8 inches per second (ips), and photographic quality and clear-cut text; QuickLabel printers have the ability to save your business time and money as well as catch the customers’ eye.

So, do you know someone else who would be interested in having a QuickLabel printer? (Bonus: It will benefit you, too!)

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Does a free set of inks get your gears turning?

They don’t have to be from your line of work. With QuickLabel printer’s variety of options, such as the Kiaro! 50, Kiaro!, Kiaro! D and the QL-111, they can be found throughout a wide variety of labeling industries. What kinds?

How about we show you?

Here are five examples of businesses included within our industry range and what they had to say about their QuickLabel printer:

  1. Food Labels – Jody’s Popcorn

Jody’s Popcorn of Virginia Beach was in need of a reliable printer that could take on their growth, as well as their quick in-store demands. As the business grew, so did Jody’s product line. It became less affordable to order thousands of labels for their many flavors, changing order sizes, and special requests for custom labeling. Looking for a short-run labeling solution, Jody’s found QuickLabel and the Kiaro! label printer. In a short period of time, the Kiaro! allowed Jody’s to flourish with its on-demand, colorful and high quality labels.

Michael Katz, Vice President, states, “The Kiaro! printer has saved Jody’s time and production. The amount of time it takes for us to produce a custom job has decreased greatly. We can literally have somebody walk into the printing area and say ‘I need this’ and turn it around in 10-15 minutes.”

  1. Beverage Labels – Doc’s Tea

Doc’s Tea knew they required exceptional labels for their bottles of low calorie tea, and printing labels on demand and in-house was an ideal solution for them. When they discovered the stunning performance of the Kiaro! label printer they were amazed. They have been printing beautiful tea labels with QuickLabel ever since.

Dr. Christopher Banks, CCO of Doc’s Tea, says the Kiaro! has been great for their business because, “We don’t have to spend so much money going out to the big labeling companies – we can print them out as we need them and save some time and also save some money.”

  1. E-Liquid Labels – Boosted Vapor

Boosted Vapor, e-liquid maker and vape shop retailer based in Clinton, Michigan, uses the Kiaro! to label its wide variety of vape juices. Boosted Vapor also offers custom labeling of its e-juices to wholesale and private label customers, and prints all labels with their QuickLabel printer.

Jeff Kohr, CEO, says “I believe in our Kiaro! printer. I’ve had a lot of other printers, I’ve never had anything like the Kiaro!. It has improved the quality of our product from a labeling standpoint, it’s improved our productivity, and it’s improved our inventory control. It’s been a top quality unit.”

  1. Medical Device Labels – Key Surgical

With in-house UDI label printing, Key Surgical found fast, easy, and affordable compliance for labeling all of their different medical devices. They needed a printer that could provide accuracy and precision, every time. With the ever-changing FDA labeling requirements, Key Surgical needed to stay on top of what was to be included on their labels. In addition to QuickLabel printers’ ability to generate small, clear-cut text and barcodes, the in-house complete label customization was the perfect fit for their business.

Key Surgical Director of Operations, Lena Cordie, says that with the Kiaro! label printer, “We save money on labeling stock and on supplies. We’re able to purchase smaller quantities more frequently rather than storing them on site with the possibility of damage and waste. The Kiaro! has been a huge asset to our production productivity and efficiency.”

  1. Hardware Labels – Quick Fitting

Quick Fitting, the leading manufacturer of “push connect” plumbing fittings and valves sold at Lowe’s, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware, and other major hardware retailers, found that frequently changing labels produced a wasteful excess inventory of their pre-printed labels which became obsolete and often not delivered fast enough. Quick Fitting was able to cut its costs by 40% when they began printing their own retail plumbing labels with the Kiaro!.

“It allows us a flexibility we didn’t have in the past. If we ran out of labels– if we were even short by 30 labels – it cost us a shipment. With the Kiaro! we just simply walk over to the unit and print out some more,” said David Crompton, CEO of Quick Fitting.

QuickLabel has been pretty successful across the board of industries. So what other applications are our printers used for? The list does go on.

To view the full list of applications our QuickLabel printers have been used for, click here.

Now that you’ve gotten a better idea of what our products can cover, I’ll ask again:
Do you know anyone who would like to enhance their own business and branding, as well as save time and money with a QuickLabel printer?

Referring a friend will not only be beneficial to them; you’ll also be rewarded for passing the word along.

That’s right, if you successfully refer a friend, you will be sent a free set of inks.

That’s about a $1,000 value towards your business!

So what are you waiting for? Refer a friend today!

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Let’s Talk Labels: What Media Products Does QuickLabel Have to Offer?

There’s more to labels than meets the eye.

It isn’t as simple as ordering and applying any type of label to your product. There has to be some consideration taken into the presentation, storage and intended use of the product. For example, you don’t want your food labels peeling off or tearing if they are stored in a freezer, right?

That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you.

We have four main types of labels and ribbons, each with a variety of options to best suit your product and design, whether it be beverage, shipping, medical, chemical labeling or more.

So what labeling media do we have to offer? Let’s break it down for you.

1. Inkjet Labels
QuickLabel has developed special materials that are capable of absorbing the Kiaro! inks so that printed labels do not smear and are able to produce the most accurate colors possible.

Whether you choose a textured paper label for wine labels or a glossy clear synthetic label for cosmetics labels, there is an ideal Kiaro! inkjet label for you.Kiaro_La Crema

When you place your order, we produce each and every new label order from raw material, using our efficient just-in-time production management system. We don’t stock a large inventory of finished labels – they are made fresh to order.

QuickLabel also produces and sells die-cut labels for use on our own line of label printers as well as our multi-color and single-color thermal transfer label printers with general purpose permanent that resists fading, abrasion, smudging, and incidental moisture contact.

We even sell labels for use on other printer brands.

We carry over 100 different label and tag stocks, and if we don’t have the material you’re looking for, we can source and test new raw materials to meet your end use requirements. Just ask one of our Media Sales Specialists!

See how Browndog Creamery uses our inkjet labels to not only create delectable designs to match their delicious ice cream, but how our labels maintain color-fastness and quality even in their freezing storage conditions.

To read descriptions of our inkjet label and tag materials, click here.

2. Thermal Transfer Labels 

To enhance print performance, QuickLabel’s Media Lab created our line of thermal transfer label materials to produce excellent print quality and end-use durability – especially when used with QuickLabel’s own line of thermal transfer ribbons and label printers.

Our labels also produce high-quality printing on other brands of thermal transfer and barcode printers. Like the inkjet labels, all of our labels are made to order.

With QuickLabel, you have the choice of 70+ Materials. IMG_0458

We manufacture and stock over seventy different pressure-sensitive and non-adhesive printing materials – from matte paper labels with freezer adhesive to polypropylene labels with removable adhesive and much more.

To read descriptions of our thermal transfer label and tag materials, click here.

3. Thermal Transfer Ribbons (Black or Color)

We also manufacture and sell barcode ribbon (also known as thermal transfer ribbon) for your barcode printer at a factory.

Our barcode ribbon is sold at a direct low price, from general-purpose black wax ribbon to black wax-resin ribbon and black resin thermal transfer ribbon for every thermal printer brand.

imageQuickLabel manufactures the largest variety of spot color thermal transfer ribbons in the industry. No one has as many thermal transfer ribbons colors as us.

We also sell process color thermal transfer ribbons for our family of digital color label printers which use thermal transfer technology.

  • Black Barcode Printer Ribbon: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin, Special Resin
  • Color Thermal Transfer Ribbons: Wax, Wax/Resin, Resin, Premium Resin

4. Laser / LED Labels

We’ve even developed special materials that are capable of withstanding high fusing temperature while producing vivid, long-lasting printed labels that resist moisture, UV light, abrasion, and most solvents – even without lamination.

Impressive, right?

Our labels are able to portray highly accurate design and multi-level shading for superior print quality and clarity. To read descriptions of our Laser / LED label and tag materials, click here.

All in all, we have label materials for any and all product labeling requirements. No matter what industry or storage specifications, we make sure our labels always remain durable and maintain high quality and color-fastness.

To shop our complete list of labels and ribbons and learn more about what we offer, check out our supply store.

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The QL-111 Industrial Color Label Printer: Things Just Got LEAN

All of us at QuickLabel® are happy to officially introduce our latest printer, the QL-111.

The QL-111 is different from our core line of Kiaro! printers because it focuses on the industrial and manufacturing industry. In fact, that’s what it was specifically designed for: manufacturers who want fantastic looking color labels at high speeds QL-111(2)with a low cost of ownership.

By all means, it’s not replacing our beloved purple Kiaro! – but it can be more appealing to specific fields.

You see, the QL-111 has been expertly crafted to utilize ideal characteristics for industrialized businesses that mainly use secondary label applications, cartons, outer boxes, bins, warehousing, barcodes, color codes, simple logos for fast product identification, tracking and receiving.

So, what really sets the QL-111 apart from the others? There are a lot of things. But there are several traits that stand out.

Ultimately Made for Secondary Labeling

Printing in 600dpi, it produces high quality, durable labels, fast. While it isn’t a commercial display label printer, that doesn’t take away from its label quality and requirements.

The QL-111 is able to clearly identify products stored in manufacturing facilities. Not only does it produce highly legible secondary labels, but it also allows you to print photos of the products onto the labels alongside barcodes and text as small as 3 point font. Just the right amount of crisp, clear-cut quality.

Print variable color carton labels for footwear, hardware, electrical products, lighting component and industrial products.

Time to Get LEAN

With a QL-111 label printer, allow packaging lines to become LEAN, with limited waste and on-demand label printing for any size product run.

There’s no need to stress or delay over the kanban_cardusual two-step process of pre-printing color labels. The second step of over-printing labels with barcodes and variable data is costly, inflexible and prone to mislabeling errors.

The QL-111, however, maintains an essential part of LEAN manufacturing, allowing a step to be saved and print complete labels on-demand. This replaces the need to purchase pre-printed labels and traditional barcode printers. By starting from blank stock, the QL-111 prints industrial labels direct from digital sources such as enterprise systems, barcode labeling software or graphic design software.

Ultimately, the QL-111 makes is simple to print labels with colored pictures, barcodes, logos and color codes for easy identification and JIT production.

The Champion of Compliance

The QL-111 can also be integrated with a variety of automatic labeling equipment, such as a CDA Application System or Rewinder, allowing your labeling process to flow at faster speeds and higher accuracy. It also utilizes QuickLabel’s remote pause option for color print-and-apply automation.

The compact size of the QL-111 makes it easy to integrate into any production line or packaging room operation.

It even allows for private labeling and compliance labels that meet retail customer specifications. Print labels in-house and on-demand, gaining the ability to maintain full production control and easily eliminate errors that can lead to federal fines.

QL-111_printer_angled_reflectThe QL-111 is a Total Solution for cost-effective color label printing designed for reliable printing and durable labels when using genuine QuickLabel® inks and label supplies.

To get started printing color labels designed for your industrial label, warehouse or supply chain application, contact us today for more information or schedule a free on-site demonstration.

So give a warm welcome and learn more about the innovative and industrial QL-111 by visiting its new product page!

 

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Kiaro! Couples: Get to Know Our Sweethearts

This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to get you to know more about the beautiful relationships we’ve brought to life.

As you’ve probably seen in our latest Facebook post, we recently named the Kiaro! and Rewinder our couple of the year. After all, they’ve created some wonderful labels together.

But they aren’t the only relationship we’ve taken notice of. Looking back, we realize we’ve become quite the matchmaking system.

That’s right. We make the introductions and simply let the magic happen. We daresay those online dating sites have nothing on us!

While we love all of the customer relationships we’ve created, there are several sweethearts that stand out. Coincidentally, they make some pretty sweet products.

O&H Danish Bakery

The family-owned Danish bakery located in Racine, Wisconsin enhanced the appearance of their bakery labels by printing with the Kiaro! inkjet label printer.

O&H Bakery is known for their traditional Danish Kringle, a flaky oval pastry that takes 3 days to bake, with a variety of seasonal toppings, fillings and icings. They come in flavors such as the Wisconsin, Cream Cheese and one of their most popular, Almond Kringle.

Their Kringle’s are so popular that they are not only enjoyed by President Obama, but by thousands of buyers around the world with varying tastes.

With their online and mail order business, they have order requests for any mix of products come in at any time, giving them no way to predict the exact quantity of labels they need for each type of Kringle.

Finding pre-printed labels costly and wasteful, O&H knew they needed a printer that could accommodate for the unpredictability of demand.

With the Kiaro!, O&H not only avoids having to purchase large quantities of pre-printed labels, but is now able to print labels in short-run batches for its growing mail order business and custom corporate gift program, whenever they’re needed.

After bringing the Kiaro! into their life, they not only earned new customers, but earned more business from their existing customers.

“I’m a firm believer that people eat with their eyes…We really want good detail to well represent the image that we are trying to portray on the label, and I think that the Kiaro! printer does just that for us.”– Eric Olesen, Owner, O&H Bakery

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie Shoppe™

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe knows all things key lime.

Despite what you may have thought, their signature item is not just their delectable key lime pies. They are known for their wide variety of sauce and dressing concoctions and especially their dark chocolate pie bars, which are shipped throughout the country.

kermitsEven though they produce thousands of orders, they still have the need to make a lot of their products in small, artisanal batches, on-demand.

Instead of continuing to grasp at predictions for label demand based on what products they might create or ship, resulting in excessive inventory of labels, Kermit’s realized they needed something that would give them labels in a moment’s notice – and they found that in the Kiaro!.

When Kermit’s met the Kiaro!, you could say it was love at first print…err, bite…I mean, sight! They were able to print whatever they needed, fast.

Lucky for them, the Kiaro! is a good investment for anyone who prints in small batches, or needs control over quantity.

What’s more, the Kiaro! never diminishes their company color or label quality. It supports their branding fully.

Printing in 1200 dpi, Kermit’s now has the ability to print consistent and intricate color labels that are nothing less than eye-catching. What a pair!

“It’s rare that I will print 2,000 of a particular label. I’m much more likely to print 75 of something and 200 of another, and [it’s a good investment] to have the flexibility to be able to do that on the fly.”— Karen Puglisi, Sales and Marketing Director, Kermit’s

Amoretti®

Hailing from Oxnard, CA, Amoretti does things a little differently.

Instead of making the sweets and treats, they supply the ingredients for executive chefs, gourmet pastry makers and food and beverage brands to make products taste just right. This includes high quality ingredients and flavorings such as first-class syrups, coffee flavorings, pastry ingredients and especially their premium martini mixes.

amorettiWhat else was different about Amoretti? Well, they weren’t exactly monogamous in their needs. In other words, they loved the Kiaro! so much, they wanted more.

Two more to be exact.

Why? Because their trio of Kiaro!’s was exactly what they were looking for.

You see, Amoretti wanted to be able to properly showcase the quality of their products, while still being able to maintain the rate at which they produced new and existing products.

Some Amoretti flavorings sell faster than others, so they needed a match that was versatile but still able to produce high quality labels to match their high quality products.

It’s not that one Kiaro! didn’t do the job for them, not at all. Printing consistently at 8 ips (40 feet per min) and in 1200dpi on demand, they just wanted more of what they had found to support their growing business.

And who could blame them?

With their Kiaro!’s, Amoretti is not only able to keep up with their extremely fast and fresh production schedule, but they can now create custom labels with the most intricate detail, readable barcodes and accurate nutrition labels.

“Our products are high-end pastry ingredients. We’re on the top shelf. Our Kiaro! printers allow us to look that way.” – Nick Squires, IT and Social Media Coordinator, Amoretti

Browndog Creamery

Last but certainly not least, we made quite the match with Browndog Creamery.

Located in the heart of downtown Northville, Michigan, they’re a “micro-creamery” that brings customers delicious and unique handcrafted ice creams. Some of their seasonal flavors include Gingerbread, Old Man Winter, Boozy Eggnog and the ever popular French Press Mocha.

browndogThey had a lot of needs, but it certainly wasn’t their fault. As a micro-creamery, they make small batches, rare flavors and unique products all with very limited supplies.

Not only did they need a fast, reliable but quality printer, they had very specific requirements our Kiaro! had to meet.

Requirements like producing labels that withstand the freezing temperatures necessary for storing ice cream or delivering flexibility to meet continuous product rotation.

You see, instead of mass producing the same flavors of ice cream, Browndog only makes small batches that rotate and change frequently.

Even before they opened their business, they knew that using pre-printed labels wouldn’t work for them – making the Kiaro! an even more powerful contributor for their unique business model.

When they found out their ‘cool personality’ didn’t faze the Kiaro! labels (which can withstand temperatures from -65°F to 147°F), they knew they were meant to be together. After all, everyone has baggage. While living with the proverbial cold shoulder can be difficult, it wasn’t a problem for either of them.

Now, Browndog Creamery and the Kiaro! work together to create their own vibrantly cool custom labels printed in-house –labels that love pairing with Browndog’s ice cream cartons!

“The Kiaro! has been a wonderful fit in our business, it allows us to make these very small run labels and customize them to everything that we needed to do.” – Paul Gabriel, Co-Owner, Browndog Creamery

A lot of our customers had relationship issues with their previous printing choices – relationships that didn’t give them the flexibility they needed or satisfy their businesses’ profound label desires.

But they found that printing flexibility and satisfaction with the Kiaro!. They realized that they had found a reliable partner for the short runs and the long runs; the unexpected and the little things.

You see, the Kiaro! supports you and your business to the fullest, making it the perfect sweetheart. It gets you through thick and thin, always delivering the best print quality for your labels regardless of its pace.

That’s the kind of love and security our customers, and everyone else, deserves. And we are beyond happy to have been involved in creating such fruitful relationships.

Questions About Your Own Label Printing?

Read how the Kiaro! digital label printer lets you print gorgeous labels, reduces excess label inventory, saves you time and allows your business to become more profitable.

Or contact us today by giving us a call, sending us an email or deciding to schedule your own Kiaro! demonstration!

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