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    When the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its first organic hemp flower certification to the cannabidiol brand Palmetto Harmony April 30, it opened the door for numerous other CBD manufacturers to seek similar regulatory approval.

    In the constantly evolving CBD market, this signals a potential sea change in government views on cannabis products. According to a report by New Frontier Data, Palmetto Harmony's designation was facilitated by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, which made hemp and hemp-formulated products such as CBD oils legal. When that legislation was enacted, hemp was officially removed from the list of controlled substances.

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  • When it comes to product labeling, constantly changing rules and regulations add to the amount of information you need to include on packaging. Running out of space is a problem. The solution for that issue is extended content labels or ECLs, which can multiply the text area you have available without sacrificing shelf appeal.

    What Kind Of Content Do You Need To Add?

    If you're in the food business, FDA nutritional information represents a large block of required facts and figures that consumers want to know before purchasing your product. In addition to regulatory material, there are items such as ingredients lists, directions for preparation, recipe suggestions and company background.

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  • Candlemaker recognizes partnership and support during National Candle Association keynote

    Non-profit candlemaker ScentsAbility bestowed the “Light of our Life” award to custom label printer Lightning Labels for partnership and support of the organization’s mission to offer job training and employment to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    At the National Candle Association (NCA) Annual Conference & Expo in June, ScentsAbility Founder Bonnie Schmidt and Development Director Denise Anderson acknowledged Lightning Labels during their keynote presentation. The NCA recognized ScentsAbility as their Conference designated charity

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  • When a product is launched, companies often take the easy route of using sheet labels for production. Small businesses, in particular, find that in-house label printing is more affordable for those initial manufacturing runs of lower quantities.

    As demand grows, however, labor-intensive sheet labels become less practical and more of a hassle. That's when it's time to think about switching to labels on a roll. Here are the top five advantages of buying custom roll labels:

    1. Automating Your Production

    In the beginning, manufacturing a small quantity of products, including applying sheet labels by hand, doesn't take that long for staff to do.

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  • Lightning Labels Prepress & Press Manager Larin Zamora has “been there, done that” and looks forward to doing more of it. In addition to print production, pre-flighting and graphic design background, his well-rounded experience includes positions in sales, production supervision and desktop publishing.

    He started with Lightning Labels in 2010 as a Prepress Technician and Press Operator. He advanced to the Prepress Lead position as the company moved forward on automation systems; and worked with the front end of the digital operation. Ultimately, he was promoted to oversee the entire team and press room.

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  • Sometimes the available real estate on vape product labels isn't enough to accomplish everything needed. There are marketing considerations, like descriptive text, attention-getting graphics and even promotional add-ons. And then there is the regulatory information required by state or local legislation. How do you fit it all in?

    The simple solution is using extended content labels, which can actually double the amount of space you have to work with. Extended content labels or ECLs, are a creative packaging trend that many marketers are taking advantage of.

    Advantages Of Extended Content Vape Labels

    If you stick to the basics for the information on the front part of the label, you can then employ the extended content label for anything else that's important in telling your story.

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  • Market demand for cannabis-based health and beauty products is growing by leaps and bounds. Cannabis Business Times predicted a five-year growth rate of 214% for cannabis-based beauty and skincare topicals.

    With new companies entering the marketplace every day, is your product ready for the competition? Are your cannabis health and beauty labels as premium-looking as they could be to stand out from the crowd? Here is some helpful information to get you started:

    Mainstream Chain Outlets Opening Up

    As legalization grows for cannabis and CBD, resulting in less stigma and more openness on the part of consumers, major chain retailers have been adding CBD products to store shelves.

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  • Elite Nutrient Line offers hydroponic garden growers the ‘gold standard’

    Offering cost-effective and simple nutrient systems for high-yield crops, California-based Elite Garden provides a gold standard to growers of everything from cannabis to corn. The Elite Nutrient Line, developed and manufactured in the golden state, addresses the needs of hobbyists and full-scale growers alike.

    A braintrust consisting of biochemists, engineers and entrepreneurs founded Elite Garden in 2015. The team opened Ocean Hill Farms, a research and development farm, for their nutrient products. In 2017, the firm began co-branding with Ocean Hill Farms to launch a cannabis line.

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  • As the demand for CBD products grows in the marketplace, more brands will be hitting the shelves. That means more competition for your product. Will your CBD glass bottles stand out from all the rest, and what type of labels do you need to accomplish that goal? Here are some quick tips on CBD glass bottle labels to get the best results.

    Start With The Basics

    When you're dealing with CBD glass bottles, there are some basics you need to know. For starters, the label's adhesive properties are critical to how well it performs on the glass surface. First, you need a CBD glass bottle label that withstands different temperature conditions and doesn't crack, peel or unstick before the product makes it out the door.

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  • In the constantly evolving CBD marketplace, even as regulators keep revising rules, consumers continue buying products at an astounding rate. Information on many of the new CBD offerings, however, is inconsistent at best, and potentially misleading at times. For that reason, CBD marketers are being urged to adopt more uniform, accurate and responsible labeling practices - before legislators step in and enact laws to protect customers.

    The investment firm Cowen & Company reported that CBD retail sales in 2018 ranged between $600 million and $2 billion. By 2025, they estimated, that figure would rise to over $16 billion.

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