Food Labels

  • 2017 Begins with New FDA Labeling Requirements

    Keep an Eye on New FDA Labeling Requirements

    When you produce food or beverages, there's never a good time to tune out or stop paying attention to labeling laws and regulations. Regulators make sure to give you time to adjust your labels and comply with the rules, but you should still be as prompt as possible at identifying and responding to relevant moves by the major bodies in charge of packaging.

    The early days of 2017 have borne out the need for vigilance, with the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already rolling out some announcements regarding upcoming adjustments to the laws. When you have a good grasp of the legal situation and an agile labeling partner on your side, it's possible to stay up on these requirements, and even to get ahead of them and give your customers a smooth transition from one type of labeling to the new standards.

    Comment Period Extended

    Do you have any valuable input on what should be considered "healthy"? If so, you have a few months left to tell the FDA. According to Food Safety News, the public comment deadline for what the word "healthy" is allowed to mean on food packages is now March 26, 2017. This is a revision from the previous date of January 26, and if you have anything to submit, this extension gives you time. Comments can be made either publicly or directly to the FDA in confidence.

    According to the news source, industry groups asked for the extension. The Grocery Manufacturers of America wanted more time for comments due to the fact that the end of the year tends to be busy for retailers and customers alike, leaving less time for affected parties to register their opinions about the "healthy" label.

    As for groups that have already made comments, Food Safety News specified that the United Egg Producers stepped up in favor of adding eggs to the definition of "healthy." Current restrictions involving saturated fat and cholesterol are the sticking point, but the industry body cited eggs' place in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans model diets as proof that eggs can be a healthy food and deserve the use of the related language.

    The very fact that the word "healthy" is back up for debate is due to an actual issue encountered by the FDA in 2015, according to the source. The inciting incident was a legal showdown between KIND, makers of fruit and grain bars, and the government body. The FDA told KIND that four of its "healthy"-labeled products did not comply with the present definition of that word, while KIND claimed that the science behind that label has since been superseded. Now, it's time for the public to have its say before the new law comes into effect.

    Are your products currently eligible to be called "healthy?" Might they be under a revised version of the labeling law? If you have any stake in this ongoing process, it's likely worth watching what happens next regarding the legal wrangling.

    Final Guidance Documents

    The first days of 2017 have been a busy time for FDA announcements, as Natural Products Insider recently noted the existence of two new draft guidance documents, both of which are entering their own comment periods. Now, you have 60 days from their publication on January 5 to register your opinion. The first draft concerns many important elements of the new labels - rounding of figures, the compliance date, how to label added sugars and even the thickness and spacing of lines in graphics are all discussed in the document. The second release consists of examples to help manufacturers develop serving sizes.

    With the new Nutrition Facts label representing a significant updating of a packaging element that has been stagnant for a long time, it is likely worthwhile to study these new documents and potentially register comments. No matter what kind of food or beverage you produce, the way you note the values of different ingredients, nutrients and serving recommendations could have an effect on consumer perception.

    When will you finally have to implement the coming changes and shift over to the new label format? This is one of the questions tackled in the latest round of guidance, as Natural Product Insider highlighted. Items that receive their labels before July 26, 2018 are the last batch that do not need the new-style Nutrition Facts panel. This date is one year later - July 26, 2019 if you sell less than $10 million of food each year.

    Time to Partner Up

    With regulations changing and new rules always being mooted, it's clear that you'll need a labeling partner on your side in the years ahead. This is where Lightning Labels can help, offering custom product labels for food and beverage manufacturers that look great and keep products in compliance with all relevant laws. Due to Lightning Labels' all-digital processes, you don't have to order huge amounts of labels at once. This means that when rules change, you don't end up with wasted labels fitting the old regulations.

  • January is National Hobby Month - Label Your Craft Products

    Show Off Your Work This January

    January is National Hobby Month, meaning it's time to salute handmade items and crafts of all kinds. When your hobby becomes a small business, you need great-looking branding to show your pride in your crafting abilities. Whether you make candles, soap, craft beer, preserves, jelly, jam or any other kind of item, custom labels can catch eyes and draw attention.

    You've put in time honing your craft and keeping your project alive over the years. Now it's time to ensure your handiwork earns recognition, whether you sell your products in major stores, at markets and fairs, or just to friends and family. It's never too early or too late to give a fresh, attractive brand identity to your crafts.

    From a Hobby to a Career

    Today, customers crave a handmade touch in their items - the authenticity and care that you put into your crafts may help them take off. Labeling requirements and strategies will vary based on the products in question, but there's no doubt that an attractive branding strategy can help you stand out. The following list is a far-from-exhaustive look at some crafting types that can turn into fruitful careers.

    • Candles: Creating candles is an especially appealing hobby in the winter months, when a candle can provide a sense of light, warmth and wellbeing in the midst of ice and snow. Using custom candle labels, you can play up the comfy nature of your products - while also giving vital safety info to show your customers you're looking out for them. You can even vary your strategy into something less snow-bound to keep going strong into spring.
    • Soap: The variety of textures, scents and colors you can base soaps around is near-limitless. As a hobbyist or small-business owner, you have freedom to produce small batches of soaps with fascinating attributes that will win customers over. Use your custom soap labels to describe exactly what goes into each bar and impress upon your buyers that they're getting an experience they won't be able to replicate working with huge brands.
    • Craft beer: Beer is perhaps the symbol of the craft goods craze of recent years. A taste for unique flavors in small batches has turned huge swaths of the population into beer connoisseurs. Global brands are turning to local breweries for inspiration instead of vice versa. If you're a small-batch beer producer, make sure your custom craft beer labels show off your regional and independent bona fides. Let people know that you're not a pretender - you're a real local brewer.

    Crafts Deserve Great Labels

    Whether you're looking for custom beer labels to draw in curious buyers or searching for a high-impact way to market your candles, Lightning Labels can help. Small producers just starting out don't have to worry about making minimum order cutoffs - because Lightning Labels is an all-digital printer, small batches of labels are affordable. January is getting underway, but it's not too late to act within the month: By using digital processes and working from domestic facilities instead of outsourcing, Lightning Labels is able to turn orders around in days, not weeks or months.

  • December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day - Are you Ready?

    Time to Update Your Labels and Stickers

    Maple syrup brings sweetness to breakfast - or any meal of the day - but it can go under-appreciated. That's why December 17 is set aside to celebrate this champion of condiments. If you produce or bottle syrup, this is a great promotional opportunity. Through custom bottle labels or stickers, you can remind shoppers of the special day or give them some recipes to try. A temporary change in packaging may be just the thing to stir up some business, or convince buyers to pick your brand out of the many on shelves.

    Offer a Recipe

    When it comes to pancakes, waffles and French toast, syrup obviously can't be bettered But what about its role in creative cooking? To draw some attention on and around National Maple Syrup Day, you can employ custom syrup labels that list exciting and delicious recipes. This is an effective tactic because it not only gives people a concrete reason to bring home a new bottle of syrup, but also ensures that they pick your brand, so they can have easy access to the recipe.

    National Maple Syrup Day is one possible event to commemorate with a recipe, but the tactic doesn't have to end with December. Have a look at the calendar of upcoming holidays and other food-specific events, and you'll be sure to find several relevant dates throughout the year. Changing things up with new custom food labels, maybe even launching several different designs at once, can keep drawing new customers to your particular syrup brand.

    Reminder Stickers

    Maybe your labels are already printed and applied to the bottles, but you still want to commemorate National Maple Syrup Day. There's an easy way to accomplish this feat - customized stickers. Going with stickers instead of labels is a low-key way to create visual interest in your syrup. Then, if the special day passes and you still have bottles on the shelves, you can peel off the stickers. If you have unused stickers - and didn't print the year on them - go ahead and stick them on bottles when the event rolls around next year.

    Quick Response

    While there's precious few days until National Maple Syrup Day this year, Lightning Labels is in the business of speedily filling orders. The company, true to its name, is capable of lightning-fast turnaround times on orders, with waits measured in days rather than weeks or months. This is due to the all-digital printing processes Lightning Labels uses, as well as the business's decision to stick with nearby and convenient domestic facilities, instead of outsourcing its printing.

    Getting customized bottles on the shelves for National Maple Syrup Day can prove to be an exciting new promotional avenue, whether you approach the task via stickers or labels. Lightning Labels can help in either case, becoming your partner in improving your brand's visual impact. While maple syrup's delicious taste is incentive enough for shoppers to buy it in most cases, you need to make sure these browsing grocery buyers pick your brand - and that's where bold and exciting labels can really help.

  • Add Shine to Your Product Labels with Chrome BOPP

    Eye-Catching and Tough, It's Chrome BOPP

    Product labels today have to look bold to attract attention among fierce competition. If your products have a look that pops off the shelves, you gain an immediate advantage over brands that have more plain packaging. However, there is a catch - if your labels aren't tough enough to survive store shelves, home storage and the use of the products within, they won't make a strong or positive impression. This is where Chrome BOPP labels come in - when you use this material, you get a shiny, distinctive surface along with all the toughness of a BOPP label.

    Advantages of Chrome BOPP

    If you're wondering whether Chrome BOPP is the right material for your next order of custom product labels, consider the following benefits:

    • A look that amazes: The shiny, reflective surface of a Chrome BOPP label is a step up from simply using ink to simulate silver. If your brand leans heavily on silver or chrome imagery, or is going for a futuristic, clean and refined look, Chrome BOPP can deliver the necessary style. Standing out on shelves is a huge objective, and reflective labels can accomplish that feat.

    • Toughness to survive: Items that come into contact with water - or contain oils - are special labeling cases. Standard label materials could weaken and peel off when they get wet, weakening products' appeal in the home and lessening their ability to act as brand advertising over time. Chrome BOPP labels have all the toughness of standard, permanent adhesive BOPP labels and will hold up.

    Possible Product Uses

    There are a few industries that can get particular value out of custom Chrome BOPP labels. If you're in one of these fields, the value is clear.

    • Bath and body: Health and beauty products can make a bold statement with shiny chrome labels. Even when they're stored in a bathroom or frequently exposed to water, bottles will keep their labels due to the toughness of the Chrome BOPP material. This means that once the shampoo, skin cream or any other kind of product runs out, customers will still have your brand's logo shining in front of them to encourage them to buy more.

    • Food and beverage: The supermarket is a crowded place, and many shoppers are undecided about what to buy. Catch their eyes with Chrome BOPP labels on food and drinks. Even if the items end up on ice in a cooler, the tough label material will hold together and stay vibrant and shiny.

    Other Varieties

    Maybe chrome doesn't fit your brand's color scheme or branding strategy. That's no reason to turn down BOPP materials from Lightning Labels, however. You can also work with White BOPP labels, which accommodate any color of ink and let you have your choice of bold imagery, as well as clear BOPP labels, which give you a minimalist look while still letting you present your logo. These labels are available quickly, and in both small and large quantities, depending on the scale of your brand. The advantages of a tough BOPP material are considerable, and the visual flair possible should help you realize your ideas.

  • November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

    Celebrate Peanut Butter with Custom Food Labels

    There is a time in the calendar set aside to celebrate just about every food you can imagine, but November's a big one. It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. This versatile spread is great as part of a meal or snack, and is beloved by millions. If you produce either peanut butter or an item that goes well with it, this month is a great time to draw a little extra attention to your brand.

    Custom product labels will look great on the shelves, helping your offerings stand out from the many other varieties out there. The changes you make could even be the first step in a year-round rebrand that will add appeal in December and beyond.

    Multiple Ways to Draw the Eye

    What kinds of new elements can you add to product labels in addition to nutrition facts, your logo and some descriptive text? The most obvious element for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month is a shout-out to the event itself. A colorful reminder that November is set aside for the appreciation of peanut butter could convince shoppers that this is a great time to eat some. Since your brand is the one that gave the heads-up, chances are that's the jar the buyer will pick.

    Another option involves recipes. Putting a recipe on your brand's labels is a big opportunity to both celebrate the national event and give a highly practical suggestion. The path to purchase becomes clear: Consumers will see the recipe and decide that it sounds delicious - and to take it home, they'll buy your brand of peanut butter. This tactic even works if you don't make peanut butter. As long as your product can be prepared with peanut butter, you can tie it into National Peanut Butter Lovers Month and print the relevant recipe on the label.

    If your items have particularly interesting health benefits, the branding refresh that comes along with National Peanut Butter Lovers Month may also be a great chance to update nutritional labels and make sure shoppers know the advantages they may be getting from buying the items. Is your peanut butter a healthy alternative to other brands? Is it rich in protein? These are the kinds of benefits that can look good on a label.

    Lightning-Fast Orders

    Since November has already begun, you may believe it's too late to create a tie-in to National Peanut Butter Lovers Month this year. If you work with Lightning Labels, however, your window of opportunity is still open. Lightning Labels works with all-digital processes at domestic facilities that can turn your order around in a hurry - a matter of days, rather than weeks or months.

    When your business' success depends on selling particular food products, it can pay to keep an eye on special events and possible promotional opportunities. Dedicated months are a unique sub-set of chances for cross-promotion. If peanut butter is your offering of choice, November is a great time to make an extra push.

  • Think About Nutrition Labels during American Diabetes Month

    Look at Your Nutritional Labels

    There are many different ways to emphasize nutritional information on food packaging. Every brand starts with the same required nutritional facts and ingredients lists as required by law, but beyond those panels there is ample room to highlight specific facets of your ingredients. One approach you can take is to let potential buyers know when an item fits into a diet appropriate for someone suffering from diabetes.

    Food selection is one of the greatest challenges of living with diabetes, and the more specific information your brand carries on its product labels, the less work shoppers will have to do to see how particular ingredients will suit their needs. There's no better time to make this kind of investigation than during American Diabetes month, which takes place every November. You can use this special event as a reminder to modify your brand's look and provide helpful facts.

    Many Nutrients Affected

    Diet management for people suffering from diabetes involves measuring and regulating a number of different elements of food. The American Diabetes Association urges diabetic shoppers to focus on items that provide calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins C, E and A, the latter as carotenoids. If you produce items containing these nutrients, spotlighting that fact could help guide customers to healthy choices.

    The ADA also gave a more granular picture of foods that help sustain a diabetic diet, such as beans, spinach, collards, kale, sweet potatoes, berries, citrus fruit, tomatoes, whole grains and nuts. Other items are healthy under certain conditions. For instance, fat-free milk and yogurt items contain valuable nutrients for those managing diabetes. Some types of fish, such as salmon, are good choices due to Omega-3 fatty acids. Breaded and deep-fried fish, however, don't apply.

    The above foods and many more could benefit from labeling indicating how and why they are good building blocks of a diet for shoppers with diabetes. While American Diabetes Month is a great time to make these changes to your brand's custom food labels, they will pay off year-round. Becoming a helpful partner to customers is a good way to reassure shoppers that when they are making decisions important for their health, your company will be there to help. Gratitude as a result of this approach could create lifelong loyal customers, the kind that can keep a brand strong over time.

    Time to Order

    When it's time to get new custom product labels covering a whole line of items, you may believe there will inevitably be a long wait. However, with its all-digital process and domestic facilities, Lightning Labels lives up to its name and cuts a huge amount of the wait time out of a branding switch-up. When you place an order with Lightning Labels, you can measure the order in days, rather than weeks or months.

    That kind of speed means it's not too late to announce a new labeling initiative tied into American Diabetes Month, even though November is underway. You can make a splash with helpful new nutritional facts, tips or recipes and create a new style of packaging that will impress shoppers all year.

  • Promote Fun New Flavors During National Popcorn Poppin' Month

    Get New Eyes on Your Popcorn Brand

    If you sell popcorn, October is a great time to make an extra push for your products - it's National Popcorn Poppin' Month! The summer is a big season for popcorn as the snack of choice at blockbuster movies and sports games. Now, as winter approaches, this theme month gives you an added chance to draw attention. Time to celebrate with colorful and eye-catching popcorn stickers.

    Debut a Flavor or Share a Recipe

    There are many ways to celebrate the event. Maybe a fun recipe or new flavor could encourage shoppers to put your brand of popcorn in their carts. This is where popcorn stickers come in - attach these to your items and they'll stand out from competitors that don't do anything special for October. Bold and colorful flavor stickers ensure that browsing consumers won't pass your popcorn by - introducing a new type of seasoning is a great chance to reach out to new customers and draw previous buyers back into the fold.

    You can also give shoppers an idea for a new way to prepare your classic popcorn with recipe labels. These add a little extra incentive to buy your brand. If customers want to take the recipe home and try it for themselves, they'll pick the brand with the instructions printed on the label. National Popcorn Poppin' Month is a great reason to introduce this feature to your packaging, and it can become a lasting element, with recipes rotating by season.

    Imagine all the great popcorn-based snacks you can suggest as the holiday season approaches. You can even go with more than one at a time. For benefits that go well beyond October, you can also change up the graphic design of your food labels altogether. If your brand's packages are more than a few years old, they may be in line for a refresh, one that incorporates the latest digital printing techniques to ensure they're packed with great imagery and sharp, easy-to-read text.

    Another consideration is the changing nutrition facts label. In the years ahead, the values printed on these back panels will have to change to paint a more accurate picture. Best to establish a strong relationship with a labeling provider now, rather than ending up unprepared when it's legally required to make changes to your packaging.

    Ready to Go

    While October is already underway, you can still get a new look for your brand in record time when dealing with a digital-native, domestically located printing partner such as Lightning Labels. When order times are measured in days rather than weeks or months, quick pivots are possible. Furthermore, all-digital printing keeps costs down even when order sizes are small.

    Promoting a special event such as National Popcorn Poppin' Month can mean changing a brand's popcorn labels or adding stickers to packages that celebrate the month. Each of these strategies can be repeated many times throughout the year as the seasons change and new recipes or venues for popcorn consumption become relevant. Be ready for the winter holidays, for the opening day of next baseball season and more as the months pass.

  • October is National Cookie Month

    Custom Stickers and Labels are Perfect for Cookies

    If there's one thing in this world that doesn't need extra oomph to sell, it's delicious, fresh-baked cookies, right? Maybe - but October is National Cookie Month, and people will have a lot of choices regarding which treats to sample. If you want your baked goods to stand out in a crowded field, it's time to step up and adorn them with cookie labels or stickers.

    This month is a great time to celebrate and get the word out about your cookies whether you sell to supermarkets, run your own walk-in bakery, sell at farmers' markets or just give out batches to friends and family. Breaking down strategies by the scale of your operation shows just how many uses there are for cookie stickers.

    Manufacturers

    If you produce cookies as part of a line of foods to be sold at supermarkets and other major retail outlets, custom food labels designed with National Cookie Month in mind can convince curious shoppers to make a purchase. They might not have decided what to buy when they enter the store, and bright, high-quality labels can convince them to celebrate National Cookie Month. Ideally, they'll come back for more even when October is done.

    Bakeries

    Even if you mostly sell cookies on your own premises, there's plenty of room to improve the distinctive look of your product lineup with food labels that celebrate National Cookie Month. As you're likely baking up a fresh batch of cookies every day, it's easy to change out the labels and stickers you wrap them in based on the month. National Cookie Month, Halloween, Thanksgiving and on to the winter holidays - each season's imagery can make your products more exciting to the eye.

    Farmers' Market Sellers

    When you set up a stall at a farmers' market, there's plenty of competition from other vendors. People can browse the aisles without having a solid idea of what they're there for, so draw their eyes to your table with colorful and bold cookie labels and stickers that tell them this is National Cookie Month. Make your baked good seem exciting and it won't be hard to drum up business at this autumn's markets.

    Hobbyist Bakers

    Even if you're just baking for friends and family, cookie stickers are a great way to reach out. Use personalized stickers to let people know you're thinking of them. Or perhaps you could use homemade goods to promote an event at a child's school or a business in a field other than food. All-digital printers such as Lightning Labels don't charge huge amounts for short print runs of stickers, and allow extreme customization - so professionally made stickers are in your budget.

    Now's the time to move on National Cookie Month stickers - October has already begun. Luckily, the natural appeal of fresh-baked cookies will do a lot of the promotional work for you. It's time to add just a bit more flair with custom stickers to let everyone know that you're celebrating a special time of year. With Lightning Labels' quick turnaround times, it's not too late.

  • August is National Sandwich Month

    Attract Customers to Your Sandwich Lineup with Bold Stickers

    The humble sandwich can go under the radar, despite surely being one of the most convenient and well-loved food categories. August is the time when this changes, and sandwiches of all types take center stage - it's National Sandwich Month. If you operate in the food manufacturing or retail sector, you can take advantage of this special event to add a new appeal to your sandwiches or ingredients. You can make a great impression and draw attention from customers by putting reminders about National Sandwich Month on custom food labels.

    Influencing Shoppers with Custom Food Labels

    A shake-up in packaging can exert a great influence on grocery buyers' purchase decisions. When they are walking the aisles, people are looking for interesting and delicious new foods to try, and custom food stickers can guide them in the right direction. August is the right time to put promotional muscle behind any and all sandwich-related items, whether this means pre-made sandwiches or the bread, meat, cheese and condiments that act as ingredients. If you make or sell these items, customized stickers and labels can help you stoke interest and appetites.

    No matter the shape or size of container your product comes in, there are custom food labels that will work for you. Apply stickers to the wrappers of pre-made sandwiches, debut new labels on meats or cheeses, stick a unique design on ketchup or mustard - the options go on. Even produce can get in on the action, as what's a BLT without lettuce or tomato?

    Individuals shopping for ingredients or sandwiches may not have their minds made up, and could be looking to try something new. This means there is ample opportunity for bold imagery and and colorful branding to win items a second look and, hopefully, a purchase. Keeping things fresh and reacting to events such as National Sandwich Month could be what it takes to get this type of attention. Competing brands that look the same as always, or aren't using much imagery in their labels and stickers at all, may pale in comparison to your strong designs and seasonal appeal.

    It's Not Too Late

    While August is already underway, you still have the chance to reach out to consumers and win them over. Printers such as Lightning Labels can turn around orders of custom food stickers and labels in a hurry to transform your offerings and attract a few extra eyes. In the months ahead, you can surely find new ways to stoke interest, but for now, National Sandwich Month is a golden opportunity that can launch a whole new look for your food products.

    Whether you're a big brand or a small one - or just want labels for a single one-off event - Lightning Labels has the custom food labels for you. Orders can be small or large, and turnaround times are short, allowing you to seize the chance while National Sandwich Month is underway. Your customers will learn that this is a time of year to salute the humble sandwich and, in the process, develop an appetite.

  • Pressure Label Market Set for Worldwide Growth

    Widespread Need Recorded

    Wherever products are being manufactured, in any of a multitude of industries, there will be demand for pressure labels. This means a period of growth is ahead for the worldwide pressure label printing industry, as described by recent MarketsandMarkets research.

    Packaging strategies vary widely depending on what is being manufactured, but a few classic methods remain enduringly popular, and pressure labels are among them. These simple press-on stickers keep jars and bottles looking distinctive on store shelves. When paired with contemporary digital printing techniques, pressure-sensitive labels can carry just about any kind of vibrant brand imagery, from sharply rendered text to colorful and eye-catching pictures.

    Big Growth Predicted

    Just how big is the pressure label market today, and how much will it grow? MarketsandMarkets stated that the current global scale totaled $74.14 billion in 2015. By 2020, it should reach $92.46 billion. That means that the already huge market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 4.52 percent. The research organization stated that more demand among producers in the Asia-Pacific market as well as pharmaceutical makers and other industries will act as catalysts for this robust growth.

    Raw material suppliers and finished goods packaging manufacturers alike are likely to need pressure labels throughout the survey period. As for the technologies that will be used to create these labels, MarketsandMarkets pointed to the continued use of digital printing. The source explained that this methodology will grow fastest among any production technique over the five year span studied. Other processes including screen printing, lithography and offset also earned mentions in the report, meaning that the printing market is more than one-dimensional.

    Potential Label Users

    A few particular types of products have proven well suited to pressure-sensitive labels use in the past. These may prove to be the markets that drive use of this packaging method in the near future, as well. Here are just a few of the verticals that have taken to pressure labels:

    • Food: Cans, jars, bottles - all types of food packages will look better with the quick application of pressure-sensitive labels. No matter the item in question, labels will help it stand out. It could be time to get a new, unified look for a whole line of edible offerings.
    • Wine: Wine bottles are often meant to last for a long time, so they need strong labels. High-quality pressure labels applied to wine can ensure the vineyard's branding stays bold and vibrant for years, attracting customers as the alcohol ages to perfection.
    • Nutraceuticals: Clearly stating the health benefits of these products is quick and easy with the aid of a high-quality pressure label. Necessary ingredient information can also be listed clearly and legibly via digital printing methods.

    Private labeling is also possible. Maybe there's no product line, just an individual or company looking to apply a customized set of labels to a few objects. With Lightning Labels, quick turnaround times are the norm and small batch sizes are available. From corporations turning out new items at a fast rate to SMBs with limited quantities of brand new offerings, there is a pressure label solution to suit any budget.

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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.