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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.

    The Story Behind The SixB Labels Shop

    At the time of this post's initial writing, it is the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century and actually in the midst of a 10-day period where we will witness in palindrome with the number's making up each day's date being in the same sequence whether it is read forwards or backwards. So on these auspicious days, it makes the most sense to share the backstory on a business initiative of ours that was about 5 years in the making: launching an e-commerce arm to our business that was mutually beneficial to our customers and those garnering such a title, all the  while being sustainable to our business.

    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.

    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.

    We're Here For You While Social Distancing.

    As another surreal work week comes to a close, I wanted to personally update you on behalf of the SixB Labels family. Our small business team is continuing to monitor and act upon health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. We want to assure you that SixB Labels is seeking to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families and our communities by following all applicable governmental mandates.

    Roaring into WestPack 2020

    As we enter the 20s of the 21st Century it will be interesting to see how spectacular the decade will truly be. The SixB Labels family is optimistic about what the new year and decade will bring. Trade shows have their own "roaring" natures and for being one of the largest annual packaging events, WestPack Anaheim is no exception.  This is why we are happy to exhibit in Booth 5152 from February 11-13, 2020 at the Convention Center. We invite you to join us, and  if by any chance you won't be in Southern California on these dates, ask you to stay tuned for some offers we will also make available to you, our blog readers!

    While you continue to read our post, let us first go through this Checklist to get you ready for the show!

    SixB Labels WestPack 2020 Checklist

    • Register For The Show — Visit registration site here and use code “SPECIAL” to receive your complimentary WestPack Expo pass and/or 20% off a conference pass!
    • Schedule a 20-minute Consultation with the SixB Team — Make more use of your time during the WestPack trade show where you’ll have a dedicated time to talk about your product and goals. Click here to schedule your meeting!
    • Bring Specs and Thoughts — to our Booth 5152 at WestPack Anaheim and get ahead of your next labeling project!

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