Monthly Archives: December 2010

  • Ringing in the New Year: Holiday Hours at LL

    Holiday Hours - Our office will be closed on Monday, January 3, 2011, so that our employees may celebrate the New Year with their loved ones. We will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday, January 4. In the meantime, you may still continue to use our online quoting system & place online orders. Happy New Year!

  • Barb Tarbox's Image to Appear on Canadian Cigarette Labels to Deter Smokers

    Canada's Federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, recently announced the new warning label requirements for cigarette packaging. The labels will be more graphic, take up 75 percent of the pack and include the phone number to a anti-smoking hotline.

    The graphic images appearing on the labels will be of Barb Tarbox, emaciated and on her death-bed. Tarbox died in 2003 of lung cancer and her image was captured by Edmonton Journal photojournalist, Greg Southam. The caption by her image reads, "This is what dying of lung cancer looks like. Barb Tarbox died at 42 of lung cancer caused by smoking."

    According to Tarbox's family and Southam, she would be pleased with Canada's decision to use her image.

    "In fact, I know exactly what she would say," said Southam to the source.

    "Her favorite expression was, 'Phenomenal.' She would really mean it now. It took way too long for this to happen, but they've made the right decision," he added.

  • Yum! Brands Announces Long Term Sustainable Packaging Goals

    Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's fast food chains, has announced its global packaging sustainability strategy, which focuses on reducing and recycling, in its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

    "Our commitment to corporate social responsibility is helping us achieve our vision of building The Defining Global Company that Feeds the World," David Novak, chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, said to Packaging Digest.

    "We believe that our strongest impact and contribution to sustainability lies in the critical parts of our business, the success and diversity of our associates, feeding people, health and nutrition, our supply chain, the environment and community development," he added.

    The company outlined its sustainability in the report, citing that its U.S. brands use napkins made from 100 percent recycled content and have molded fiber drink cup carriers.

    Over the last year, KFC became the first fast-food restaurant to introduce a reusable food container. In the new year, KFC plans to reduce its foam packaging by 62 percent and its total plastic use by 17 percent.

  • Fiji to Ban Labels Written in Foreign Languages

    Fiji will implement laws in the new year to make sure that food products imported into the country do not have labels bearing foreign languages.

    According to the website Fijivillage News, the Ministry of Health issued instructions to all manufacturers and retailers requiring them to remove any labels that had instructions in foreign languages from their shelves. Because of the language barrier, consumers are unable to read important information such as expiration dates and product ingredients.

    The issue should have been resolved years ago, said Aiyaz Sayed-Khiayum, Attorney General and Minister for Trade in Fiji, to the source. He also confirmed that the Ministry of Health is looking into the current regulations and will be amending them in order to stop the importation of items bearing foreign labels.

    In addition to food items, the source reported that it had found household items, such as cooking appliances and electrical appliances, that had labels with instructions written in foreign languages, potentially leaving consumers misinformed on how to properly operate them.

  • English Council Sues Supermarket for Excessive Packaging

    Citizens in Lincolnshire, England, recently took supermarket chain Sainsbury's to court for the "excessive packaging" of its high-priced and overly packaged premium cuts of meat.

    According to The New York Times, the Lincolnshire County Council sued the chain for packing its Taste the Difference Slow Matured Ultimate Beef Roasting Joint in layers of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam. At nearly $9 per pound the cut is considered a luxury item and sold plastic-wrapped on a PET tray, under a clear plastic cover and wrapped in a cardboard sleeve.

    All the excess packaging violated British regulations that first went into effect in 2003 in an attempt to reduce landfill waste. Rules were strengthened two years ago, requiring manufacturers to keep packaging to a minimum for "products' safety, hygiene and consumer acceptance," according to the source.

    Two days before the court date, the council dropped the case because the grocery store had responded by reducing its packaging by more than half.

  • New Nutrition Labels Will Appear on 40 Cuts of Meat in 2012

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instituted a new rule that will require the labels of 40 of the most common cuts of meat to disclose nutritional information.

    Beginning January 1, 2012, labels on common cuts of poultry, pork, beef and lamb will now inform consumers of a product's number of calories, calories from fat, total grams of fat and saturated fat. The labels will also include information about protein, cholesterol, sodium and vitamins in the meat, The Los Angeles Times reported.

    "We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions," said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary, to Bloomberg.

    Included in the requirement are raw, single-ingredient meat and poultry such as whole or boneless chicken breasts and beef cuts such as brisket, tenderloin and hamburger.

    The new rule is being implemented to help Americans make healthier, more informed decisions regarding the meat they purchase. Much of the decision comes as a result of consumer advocates' and lawmakers' fight against obesity.

  • Australian Fresh Juice Labeling Deemed Misleading, Forced to Rename and Rebrand

    Berri Australian Fresh juice is renaming and rebranding itself to Australian Grown after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised issue with the product's fresh squeezed juice being mixed with juice that had been kept in cold storage for up to one year.

    In addition to the name change, the product's label will clearly state that the contents contain a blend of fresh, reconstituted and sometimes stored juice, according to Australia's The Herald Sun.

    "Some consumers may be prepared to pay a premium for fresh products," said Graeme Samuel, chairman of the ACCC, to the source.

    "Companies wanting to take advantage of consumer preference for fresh products have to be very careful that they do not make misleading claims," he added.

    National Foods Limited, which manufactures the juice, claimed that the cold stored juice made up only a small amount of the Australian Fresh product. It noted that the cold stored juice was preservative and additive free and, on average, was used within six months despite the 12-month shelf-life. All apple juice was fresh.

    The brand will stop supplying the Australian Fresh products and change its labeling by March 14, 2011.

  • Filipino Bill Pushes Nutritional Value on Food Labels

    To promote healthier diets among citizens in the Philippines, a recent piece of legislation is pushing a bill that would require food manufacturers and distributors to clearly place nutrition facts on their products' labels.

    Not only would the effort help promote health consciousness among consumers, it would keep consumers aware of those foods that contain ingredients that are beneficial or hazardous to their health, according to the website Top News.

    Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado Arroyo and his mother Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are pushing the House Bill 1469, or the Nutrition Act of 2010, which was absent before the effort.

    The bill requires that "a commodity bear a label specifying the identity of the commodity, as well as the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor," according to The Inquirer.

    Additionally, "it requires a separate label that contains information on the number of servings or other units, total number of calories, and any vitamin, mineral or other nutrient to assist consumers in 'maintaining healthy dietary practices,'" the source added.

  • Ski Thieves Less Likely to Swipe Gear Bearing Utah's Registry Sticker

    To help reduce theft on the slopes, Park City, Utah, ski resorts are pushing for ski gear to be registered and labeled with red stickers by the city police ski registry.

    Since instituting the policy two years ago, the make, model and registration number of some 2,000 skis and snowboards have been documented with officials, and no registered gear has been reported stolen, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

    "The chances of recovering [unregistered gear is] next to nothing."said Wade Carpenter, Park City Police Chief, to the source.

    Registered equipment bear a two-square-inch metallic label reading "Park City Police" and an identification number, according to The Standard-Examiner. Out-of-state visitors and tourists are encouraged to register their gear, in addition to regular in-state skiers.

    According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the 2,000 skis and snowboards that are registered stand to be only a small amount of gear in the snow-heavy state. Other ski towns are looking to Park City, The Standard-Examiner reported, to learn how to implement their own registration systems.

  • Japanese iPhone Gains NFC Technology Via Sticker

    In response to Japanese consumer's complaints about the iPhone 4's lack of near-field communication technology, Japanese wireless carrier Softbank has released an NFC sticker designed specifically for the phone.

    "Once the sticker/card is charged with e-money, users can tap their iPhone on card readers installed in train stations, convenience stores and other places in Japan to make offline payments," wrote Serkan Toto on Mobile Crunch.

    According to the source, the iPhone 4 is one of the few Japanese phones without NFC technology.

    Although marketed as a sticker, the label itself covers the majority of the back of the iPhone, but is thin enough for owners to continue to use an Apple Bumper cover, the website 9 to 5 Mac reported. It will not cover the phone's camera area, either. The stickers will be available in Japan in February for approximately $36 a piece.

    The stickers do not actually interact with the phone, but instead act as a "NFC terminal," according to website Mac Rumors. The technology is being launched first in Japan because of the strong adoption rate the country has seen with the technology.

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Material Descriptions

Materials

BIOSTONE

One of our eco-friendly options that is actually made of stone—no trees are used. This material should not laminated.

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

CAST GLOSS

This is another material specially designed for the wine industry. It is paper-based with a high-gloss white finish. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CHROME (SILVER) BOPP

This material has the same water and oil-resistant properties as our White BOPP and Clear BOPP, but has the "mirror-like" look of shiny chrome.

CLASSIC CREST

Best suited for wine labels, this is a white paper stock with a dull matte finish. It is not suitable for lamination and is therefore not waterproof. Same adhesive and liner as Estate #9.

CLEAR BOPP

This is the clear version of the Polypropylene (BOPP) material. It has the same waterproof qualities as the White BOPP. It provides more of a "no label" look and is also suitable for window stickers (where reverse printing of the image allows the label to be applied to the inside of a glass window and be viewed from the outside).

ESTATE #9

This is a great option for wine labels, gourmet foods or applications where a textured finish is desired. Being a paper stock, it's not as water-resistant or durable as BOPP, but its light cream color and textured feel add a touch of the "unusual" to the right product. It features a special adhesive (removable in 100+ degree hot water) and a stronger liner particularly suited to machine application. Not suitable for lamination.

GOLD POLYESTER (METALIZED)

This material will make your labels shine! Suitable for most labeling applications, it has a strong adhesive backing and must be laminated. Choose glossy laminate to make your label designs pop, or matte for a unique, elegant look.

KRAFT (RECYCLED)

This is a recycled 100% post consumer waste material. It is a 55# paper material that is a wonderful option if an “earthy” appearance is desired. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water. It is not suitable for lamination; therefore, it is not water or oil resistant.

REMOVABLE WHITE BOPP

This material is the same as our standard BOPP, but has a special, "less aggressive" adhesive designed to allow the label to be removed or re-positioned after application. Depending on the surface it will be applied to, customer testing is strongly recommended. We can provide samples for this purpose.

SATIN CLOTH

Quite the unique material! Yes, it is woven satin acetate cloth. Think wine or spirit labels! This material will make your product packaging POP. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

SQUEEZABLE

A white, 3mil film that is better suited for squeezable applications. This material has proven to work well in a variety of applications, so you can be confident it will perform well for you.

VELLUM (RECYCLED)

A great “green” choice, this 60# vellum is 100% recycled with 100% post consumer waste material. Cannot be laminated. Is neither water nor oil-resistant. The stronger liner is well suited for machine application. Depending upon face, substrate, water temperature and dwell time, label may be removed in hot water.

WHITE BOPP

This is our most commonly used material and is suitable for most applications. It's a polypropylene material with a permanent adhesive. It is impervious to water and oils, and is particularly suitable for bath and body products, as well as food containers.

WHITE EARTHFIRST PLA

A more environmentally friendly alternative to White BOPP. The PLA stands for Polylactic Acid (a biopolymer made from corn rather than petrochemicals). Similar look and feel to BOPP and suitable for most applications, but should not be used directly on candle containers.

WHITE FLEXIBLE VINYL

This is our most substantial material. The vinyl is thicker than BOPP, and is most suitable for outdoor applications where greater strength and durability are needed, or where lengthy exposure to the elements is an issue.

WINDOW DECAL (CLEAR/ULTRA-REMOVABLE)

We offer this window decal option as an alternative to static cling. The face stock is clear with excellent clarity. The adhesive is an ultra-removable featuring excellent weatherability and UV resistance. It removes cleanly from a wide variety of substrates without staining or ghosting. Why worry about static clings staying on when you can have removable adhesive there to hold it in place?

Artwork Specifications

Laminates

High Gloss

High gloss is our most popular laminate. It is the least expensive option and provides protection for the label and a high gloss shiny finish.

Matte

The Matte Laminate provides your label with a dull, non-glossy finish. Some customers consider this achieves a more "natural" look.

Thermal Transfer

This is a gloss laminate that is designed to work with most over-printing thermal transfer printers. We do recommend you get samples first to test through your own printer before placing an order with this laminate.

UV Outdoor Gloss

As the name implies this is best used for labels that will be used outdoors. It has a high gloss finish with excellent UV resistance. It is best paired with our vinyl material for the most durable outdoor label.