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    Michelle Feldman

    Marketing Associate at SixB Labels

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    Update: How to Comply With Proposed FDA Nutrition Labeling Requirements

    In 2020, as part of SixB Labels' focus on Simplifying Labeling for our clients, we developed and published a white paper on the proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nutrition label revisions. 

    Why Is the FDA Making Changes to Nutrition Labels?

    When they were surveyed, most Americans stated that they use the nutrition facts label on food products to make better shopping choices. Given that information, and armed with the latest, science-driven data on nutrition and health outcomes, the FDA spent more than two years working on updated guidelines for food labels, so that these changes have been in the works for quite some time.

    Initially, the final rule on label changes, both in format and required information on the nutritional content of packaged foods and beverages, went into effect on July 26,  2016.  The compliance date of the rule was set for July 26, 2018, for food manufacturers with revenues over $10 million, and July 26, 2019, for those making less than that amount. These changes were meant to incorporate the latest information from nutrition science, in accordance with the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the newest Institute of Medicine recommendations. 

    UL/CSA Labels from SixB: What Do You Need to Know?

    Any business or customer who understands that materials, machinery and equipment have to adhere to certain safety standards may have been in the market for a stamp or seal of approval to indicate that an item has passed this type of safety testing, and is ready for sale. This is one of many reasons that UL certification is attractive to businesses.

    In response to the need to show that your equipment and products have been safety tested, this post is intended to offer you an in-depth look at UL-approved labels, and how SixB Labels Corporation can help you with your UL-approved or CSA-approved label projects. 

    Variety of UL Labels

    In 2021, How Do You Make Your 'Made in U.S.A.' Labels FTC Compliant?

    Like clockwork, every new U.S. administration ushers in big changes in trade, taxation, and manufacturing policies. True to form, the newest administration has just revisited the "Buy American" concept via a recent Executive Order on "Strengthening American Manufacturing," focusing on making and buying American goods as a way to boost prosperity here at home.
    A re-invigorated push towards this goal of coming into compliance with a law that has been on the books for nearly a century will have an impact on the labeling industry.  Labels provide a significant boost to marketing campaigns and in the current market, promoting the concept of "Made in America" or "Made in the U.S.A" could prove to be a highly effective sales tool to move a product. But there are also some caveats.

    What are Some of the Biggest Label Trends for 2021?

     As we noted in a recent blog post, as a producer of custom labels, SixB Labels makes a significant, ongoing effort to stay on top of industry trends for our customers. Here of late we have been considering the upcoming year, 2021, with an eye to future trends, which we expect to be an outgrowth of some of what we witnessed in 2020.
     
    The effects of the pandemic have been profound on how business is conducted. They include the change to working from home, virtual meetings, increased online shopping, the move from bigger brands to local suppliers, direct-to-consumer sales, drop shipping, and the growth of smaller online retailers (like our online store).  These trends are here to stay, even after Covid-19 is vanquished.  In the midst of these ongoing challenges, the good news is that the printing industry, and label printing in particular, have proven themselves resilient and flexible — willing and able to embrace change.

    PIA MidAmerica Print Awards — Highlights, 2017 - 2020

    As we now enter the final quarter of 2020, SixB Labels looks back with satisfaction over the last four years of accolades received from the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica, a regional division of the larger organization, Printing Industries of America (PIA), covering Texas, Oklahoma Kansas and Missouri. The SixB Labels Family is pleased to be members in good standing with PIA. And we are just as happy to be the recipient of a number of custom label printing awards from this body, because there is no better compliment than respect from a jury of one's peers the reward for our proud participation in the PIA.

    Craft Beer By The Can: Three Important Elements to Know

    As a custom label manufacturer, SixB Labels makes a significant, ongoing effort to stay on top of industry trends. We have been producing labels for beverage industry clients for decades, and in the last few years we have observed a growing trend among beer craft brewers to switch from bottles to cans.
     
    Canned packaging is quite the trend, despite the fact that when many consumers think about craft beer, the typical image that comes to mind is of a table or a bar with drinkers raising long-necks to their smiling lips. Craft beer in bottles, especially those of dark amber or green glass, is iconic and a staple. Not only has craft beer been distinguished by its high quality and flavor profiles, but by its sparkling, eye-catching packaging.
     
    So it may come as a surprise to some that American craft beer in cans is becoming increasingly accepted by consumers, as well as a more common sight in breweries and stores. To better appreciate how this part of the beverage market has changed, it is helpful to know three things about how craft beer — an industry valued at $23.5 billion and growing fast — creates its niche in the beer marketplace.

    The Ultimate Guide to Custom Parking Permits

    Here at SixB Labels, our goal is to simplify the labeling process in order to make the routine parts of one's life flow a little more smoothly. It is in that spirit that we offer this blog post, intended to make the process of designing, developing and printing a parking permit just a little easier. In it, we cover the requirements for a good parking decal and the significance of a parking permit as a marketing device. We also look at who might benefit from using this product. In addition, we describe the materials and printing processes we offer to produce a custom parking decal perfectly suited to your needs. 

    What Sort of Requirements Should a Good Parking Decal Meet?

    Custom Parking Permits are created to meet a variety of needs. Chief among these are building security and traffic control in a limited space. These parking decals are only useful if they can adhere well over time. They must also be able to withstand the stresses of outdoor exposure, in addition to that of harsh indoor environments without climate control,  which makes these permits' durability a key factor in their usefulness.

    Biodegradable Paper and Repulpable Adhesive: What You Need to Know

    On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we still believe every day should be a celebration while taking particular note of the tradition that began in 1970. Eco-friendly printing has been a staple of SixB Labels operations since our early days. 2019's originally posted blog "Why Print Your Labels With FSC-Certified Paper and Water-Based Inks?" explained the reasoning behind our company's use of FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) paper products and water-soluble inks. It has been a way of providing a cleaner and greener approach to label printing with cost accessibilities.

    As technology and capabilities increase so are our eco-friendly label printing techniques. In this post, we will explore more and some newer aspects of this greener approach to printing: the use of biodegradable materials.  We look at biodegradable label parts in the form of:

    • A newer and more sustainable adhesive 
    • Recyclable paper products 
    • The disposal of water-based inks.

    While we dive into this topic below, a short note that SixB Labels is remaining open safely during the current pandemic with more details in our post "We're Here For You" and your business. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

    CBD Product Labels and Legislation

    Here at SixB Labels, in order to meet our goal of Simplifying Labeling for our current and prospective clients, we have developed a white paper on the current Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements governing CBD product labels. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its CBD derivative products by declaring it no longer a Schedule I substance, and from that time until the present, the regulatory environment for CBD has tended to be lax. Products in a wide range of formats — from vape pens, to topicals, to consumables — have been marketed and sold.

    More recently, the FDA has been making moves to tighten the rules for merchants and distributors. They have been sending out warning letters indicating that they believe CBD to be a drug, and restricting how it can be marketed and sold, declaring it illegal to include in supplements or other consumables, or labeled with health claims.  And yet some State laws appear to contradict these regulations.

    These rapidly changing laws, and the apparent conflict between Federal, State, and local regulations surrounding these products, have created an uncertain environment. Manufacturers and distributors naturally want to avoid getting into trouble with either the FDA or local or state law enforcement agencies, and the inconsistencies in the patchwork of regulations tend to leave those currently working in, or wanting to join, the CBD industry in the dark.  We believe this white paper can help guide CBD product manufacturers and distributors on what is legal to include on their labels and in their advertising and social media copy.

    What Are Custom Bottle Labels Nine Frequently Asked Questions?

    As Summer is winding down, a refreshing beverage tends to help some folks cool down, and if you're like us you wonder how the bottle label was made. Or maybe you are facing a new project and find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed?  When it comes to custom label projects, it's easy to feel that way, because there are just so many factors to consider!  While this is especially true in the world of Custom Bottle Labels, we at SixB Labels hope to simplify your labeling process and answer nine frequently asked questions below. And if you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to reach out!  

    Custom bottle labels have to suit bottles with a broad spectrum of sizes, shapes and materials. Some of the uses for custom bottle labels include:

    • Wine Bottle Labels
    • Water Bottle Labels
    • Cosmetic Bottle Labels
    • Craft Beer Bottle Labels
    • Oil Bottle Labels
    • Spirit Bottle Labels
    • Vinegar Bottle Labels

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