Monthly Archives: May 2016

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    FDA upends vaping industry with strict new requirements

    Do you know where your vape labels are in the mix?

    By Mark Lusky

    A while back we posted an article entitled, “Keep your branding process nimble…A hard lesson from the e-cig industry.” That article focused on two primary needs—being proactive with planning and organization to be able to move swiftly when needed; and considering multiple options to address various potential challenges.

    For the vaping industry, it’s time to be nimble and swift. In early May, the FDA announced its intent to extend tobacco regulations to e-cigs, vape and other products. A CNN report notes, “Electronic cigarettes and hookahs will now be regulated like tobacco…Children will no longer be able to buy them; ingredients will be regulated; packages will carry war

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  • What You Need to Know About Labeling Cosmetic Products

    FDA Warning: Provide Proof of Label Claims or Remove Them If you sell your own line of products, you already know how important creating quality, custom labels is. The item's packaging should be a lot of things - attractive, unique, appealing, informative, etc. But, above all else, you need to make sure your labels are honest. And that is one of the many policies the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for enforcing.

    This week, the agency issued a warning to Reviva Labs regarding the labeling on eight of its products, NBC News reported, which is just one step it has taken in its broader effort to implement stricter regulation of cosmetics.

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  • Official 'Nutrition Facts' Label Changes to Be Aware of

    FDA Releases New Labeling Guidelines for Food Products
    After years of growing frustration and increased scrutiny, the United States Food and Drug Administration has finally released its official update of the 'Nutrition Facts' label that will be used on packaged food products.

    The announcement was made by First Lady Michelle Obama, who said that she believes the "new and improved" label will "make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices."

    This is the first time the agency has made any major changes to the Nutrition Facts label in over two decades.

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  • Sunscreen Lotions May Not Be As Safe As The Labels Claim

    Study Shows SPF Listed on Lotion Labels are Incorrect
    With summer quickly approaching, one of the products that will start quickly flying off the shelves is sunscreen lotion. However, findings from a new study suggest that people may not be getting the kind of skin protection they think they are. 

    This week, CBS News reported that Consumer Reports conducted an investigation of 65 different kinds of sunscreens, including sprays, lotions and sticks, and found that a large portion of them did not meet the SPF claims made on the labels. Each product that was looked had an SPF level of at least 30, which is the bare minimum called for by the American Academy of Dermatolog

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  • May is National Photography Month

    Use High-Quality Photos to Promote Your Brand

    May is National Photography Month, which is a great time to begin focusing on the development of more eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing branded materials. If you have made the investment in high-quality photos for your products, don't skimp on high-quality labels to promote your brand. Simple imagery and clip art just won't cut it these days, as consumers are looking for more modern, high-definition pictures and video content.

    High-quality photos on the right labels are excellent when trying to transform the brand's messaging and image, and this month could represent a good opportunity to get these campaigns going with interactive marketing tactics.

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  • Participate in the 5th Annual Lightning Labels Photo Contest!

    Lightning Labels Celebrates its Customers

    Lightning Labels is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year, and has launched its 5th annual Photo Contest to bring the beautiful work of its loyal clientele to light. Participants should know that the submissions period began on May 18, and will run through July 1, and that the contest is open to all legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older who have been Lightning Labels customers within the two years leading up to the submission deadline.

    Winners and runners up from last year received a range of great prizes for their outstanding work on custom labels, stickers and photos, and the rewards for doing so this year are even greater.

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  • San Francisco to Become First US City to Mandate Soda Health Warning Labels

    Public Advertisements Featuring Sugary Beverages Will Soon Require a Warning
    As of July 25, makers of soda and similar sugary drinks will be required to include a warning on billboards and other types of publicly-displayed advertisements in San Francisco, The Wall Street Journal reported. Although companies in the industry attempted to have the court intervene, they were unsuccessful. This is the first city in the country to compel displays advertising sugar-added beverages to have a label warning of possible effects it could have on a person's health. 

    According to the source, the cautionary statement will read, "WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

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  • Are Your Health and Beauty Labels Ready for Summer?

    Make Those Labels Colorful!

    Spring is in full swing, and summer is right around the corner. Although health and beauty products are popular throughout the entire year, the warmer months will lead many consumers to purchase specific types a bit more frequently. This includes lip balm, sunscreen, moisturizers, vibrant lipsticks and many other products, and if you manufacture these items, you will want to spice up your labels as soon as possible to capture the eyes of summer shoppers.

    With custom health product labels and stickers for beauty items, the sky will be the limit when it comes to differentiating your brand from others.

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  • FDA to reconsider what 'healthy' means on food labels

    FDA To Reevaluate What "Healthy" Is For Food Labels
    At this point, it's safe to say that just about everyone is aware of the controversy surrounding certain health claims made on food product packaging and the labeling of food. Over the past year, a handful of class action lawsuits have been filed by customers across the country against companies that consumers feel have falsely advertised. Even big-name brands, such as KIND LLC, have been the center of scrutiny from both regulators and the public.

    Earlier this year, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to KIND regarding nutrient claims it made on the labeling of its snack bars.

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  • Bathhouse Soapery parlays $700 into squeaky-clean soap and cosmetics company

    After a decade of making soap and cosmetics Christmas gifts, Charlene Simon opened her first Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium retail store in Hot Springs, AR in 2009. She had $700 and 10 years’ worth of hobby supplies as her startup stakes.

    Fueled by customer demand for her soaps and an ever-expanding line of complementary products, Charlene opened boutique #2 in Natchitoches, LA and boutique #3 in St. Charles, MO in 2015. She plans to open #4 this year in a yet-to-be announced location. The company also offers limited wholesale opportunities to independent businesses and sells online at www.

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