Labeling Rules & Regulations

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    Vape Label Trends

    The process of designing vape product labels is defined by two separate and vital factors: appearance and regulations. Getting your e-cigarette and e-juice items noticed on store shelves means creating visually impactful look that will stand out from competitors. While pursuing a new look, however, you can't forget the ever-changing web of laws dictating what elements are allowed on vape labels.

    A Distinct Look, Governed by Rules

    Over a decade into vaping's mainstream moment, companies have to combine bold colors and imagery with a consistent and recognizable look that spans multiple products and flavors.

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  • Medical Marijuana Label Trends

    The exciting new market of legal cannabis has opened up possibilities for companies in multiple states, with others soon to come. As a previously illegal enterprise, selling cannabis products for medical or recreational use has a uniquely strict and evolving regulatory picture. If your company can comply with the rules and reach an audience with its products, however, opportunity abounds.

    The Evolving Medical Space

    While legal recreational use is a cutting-edge frontier for cannabis, medical dispensaries have a longer history, going back more than a decade. Throughout that time, Lightning Labels has been there, providing medical marijuana labels that keep companies compliant with the rules and help them clearly identify their produc

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  • Warning Labels and Stickers: Conveying Vital Information

    Deck Your Products and Equipment Out in Safety-Conscious Stickers

    There's no such thing as being too safe. During National Safety Month, it's time for every business, even those that have a great record of product and employee safety, to consider what extra steps they could be taking. Custom warning labels and stickers are a good way to give shoppers and workers a heads-up about any potential dangers. Your business should already be in compliance with all labeling laws and workplace regulations - but there's still plenty of room to order new safety labels. You can go above and beyond what the rules call for, marking your company as conscientious and attentive.

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  • How Custom Cannabis Product Labels Help Sell Cannabis Products

    A Promising New Market

    The slow rollout of legal recreational cannabis sales across individual states and Canadian provinces represents an opportunity for companies. If you're planning on wading into this market, you should take two steps: compliance and branding.

    There's a need to get in line with all relevant laws and ensure your firm isn't undone by regulatory action. This process goes hand in hand with your selection of bold and exciting branding that will encourage shoppers to pick your brand in this new market. The recreational cannabis market comes with no history to speak of, meaning you can carve out a new niche for your items - your cannabis product labels have a big role to play in this process.

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  • Food Safety Product Labeling Must Have Allergens in Mind

    Careful Food Safety Product Labeling a Must

    When you're launching a new food or beverage product, listing possible allergens is one of the most important steps on your to-do list. Unless you take this process extremely seriously, you may be forced to issue a costly recall. Producers of food and beverage products can ill afford to make a mistake or oversight in their lists of potential allergens. This is what makes food safety product labeling an absolute must for food and beverage producers.

    Relevant Rules

    A recent JD Supra article by product liability advocacy law firm Wilson Elser offered a reminder that not only are allergen mislabeling problems serious for companies, they're happening at a worrying rate.

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  • Product Labels: Legal Action Remains Common

    Challenges Go to Court

    Choosing your words carefully is essential when designing product labels, as when customers feel deceived by a package, they don't just stop buying - they sue. There are reputation and financial effects to claims that don't match consumers' perceptions, and letting these matters go to court can prove time-consuming and costly.

    Complying with all relevant labeling laws and restrictions is a starting point for companies, rather than the maximum diligence brands should show. Using phrases that have not been legally ruled on in the past, but are taken as deceptive by customers, could lead to your organization becoming cited as a future precedent, spending a lot of money on settlements before the dust settles.

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  • Front-of-Package Food Label Calorie Counts Get a Surprising Ally

    Should You List More Information on Food Labels?

    Some food labeling priorities aren't optional - they're required by law. The new look of the Nutrition Facts label falls into this category. On the other hand, there are elements of food product labels that you can either include or leave out based on what you think will resonate most with your customer base. Putting a large amount of nutritional information on the front of a food label is one of these choices. Will consumers appreciate your honesty? This approach has recently receive a boost from an unlikely source.

    Hershey's = Healthy?

    Candy giant Hershey Co.

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  • Natural Claims on Food Labels: Sometimes Confusing, Always Important

    Food Labels: What Do Consumers Want to Know?

    Any food product could be described, accurately, in dozens of different ways. Knowing which types of claims are most interesting to your consumers, and allowed by government regulations, could transform your labeling strategy for the better. A preoccupation with healthy eating and nutrition is one of the major shopping trends animating present-day consumers, and when it's time for a label refresh, you can implement these elements to improve your offerings.

    Stating the Obvious?

    The power of perception and phrasing when it comes to food product labeling became clear in University of Illinois research, according to Agri News.

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  • Product Label Claims: Another Busy Year Ahead

    Keep Watching for New Product Label Rules

    Even if product labeling was just a struggle between brands trying to win customers' eyes with their compelling designs, it would be a challenging and complicated field. It's so much more than that, however. No matter what type of products your company manufactures or sells, you've likely felt the impact of rules and regulations about what you can and should print on your labels.

    Obliging and complying with relevant product labeling rules doesn't just mean memorizing policies and relaxing, either. There are real, meaningful changes to those laws every year and a failure to keep up with these updates can lead to regulatory trouble.

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  • Incomplete Product Labeling Leads to Recalls

    Are Your Product Labels Up to Date?

    Product labeling is one of the major regulatory necessities any food or beverage producer has to check off when getting products to market. If you make an omission from an ingredients listing or fail to affix a mandated safety label, the result could be a lengthy and costly recall process. When laying out your product labels, you should be mindful of every piece of information consumers are required to know.

    To show what happens when brands fail to live up to these standards, here is a list of recent recalls due to omissions or inaccuracies on product labels:

    Incomplete Listings Bring Recalls

    There are several circumstances that can lead to a product recall.

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