5 Key Features for Pharmacy Dietary Supplement Labels

If you operate a pharmacy that’s considering unveiling a line of store brand dietary supplements, the supplement labels you use for the new products could impact the health of customers.

Below, we take a look at five key features of dietary supplement labels that your label provider should include on the labels you order, excluding the obvious features of listing the supplement name on the front of the container and posting recommended dosage information on the reverse.

  1. Crucial Side Effect Warnings

Like many prescription medications, some vitamins have undesirable side effects. For example, Vitamin C pills that are chewed can weaken tooth enamel. It’s roughly the same thing that happens when you drink a glass of lemonade that’s heavy on lemon. This side effect doesn’t put lives at risk, so it’s crucial — meaning it should be considered — but not critical.

  1. Critical Side Effect Warnings

Let’s say that one of your new store brand supplements is St. John’s Wort — an over the counter (OTC) herb that’s reputed to have positive effects on clinical depression. However, if you stack the herb on top of an antidepressant you’re already taking, you could experience a life threatening condition called serotonin syndrome. This deserves a critical side effect warning.

  1. Overdose Warnings

Many people think you can’t overdose on dietary supplements because they’re sold OTC and don’t require a physician’s permission. However, taking too much of a vitamin can indeed cause serious health problems. For example, taking too much vitamin D can cause permanent damage to your kidneys and heart. With many vitamins, you can have too much of a good thing.

  1. Disclaimers About Usage

Just because a supplement is anecdotally known to be a good remedy for a health ailment doesn’t mean it should be considered on par with prescription medications. In fact, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules and regulations, it’s illegal to promote dietary supplements in this manner.

For example, while it helps people relax, valerian root extract should ideally have a disclaimer that indicates it’s not intended to replace medical therapy for sleep disorders.

  1. Pregnancy Warnings

There are lots of supplements pregnant women should avoid taking that would be fine for them to take otherwise. For example, blue cohosh and pennyroyal are considered toxic during pregnancy, while andrographis, boldo, essential oils, feverfew, juniper, licorice, nettle, red clover, rosemary, shepherd’s purse, and yarrow are considered dangerous and should be taken with extreme caution. Listing pregnancy warnings helps parents care for unborn children.

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Reclosure Labels for Food: What Are the Benefits?

Reclosure labels feature temporary adhesive that allows them to be easily opened and reclosed. To open the label, simply pull gently on the tab at the front side of the opening. To close the label, just smooth it back into its original position. The back of the label is connected to the package, so placing it exactly in the original closed position is easy.

The use of reclosure labels has increased with improvements in temporary adhesive, which is designed to stay firmly in place, until it’s manually peeled away with ease. Packaging food in containers that feature these types of reclosure labels has several benefits over using traditional kinds of packaging, such as paper and rigid plastic. Check out five of the benefits listed below.

  1. Package Stays in Better Condition

When you open a package that has a reclosure label, there is no need to tear open paper, plastic, foil, etc. Simply pull the tab open with ease. Reclosure labels practically eliminate the need to place the food in a different container, such as a resealable plastic bag, due to the original package tearing apart.

  1. Easy to Seal Package Completely

With conventional paper and plastic packaging, there is seldom the chance to reseal the package as firmly as it was originally sealed. Depending on the type of food in the package, weak closure seals could draw insects that are common pantry pests, such as ants, roaches, and weevils. Reclosure labels help prevent this problem.

  1. Almost Endless Number of Reseals

Another nice thing about reclosure labels is that you can essentially reseal them an endless number of times without the seal weakening. This makes the seals a great option for medium to large supplies of snack foods that are eaten frequently in relatively small portions, such as cookies, sandwich crackers, and nuts.

  1. Food Inside Package Stays Fresher

Because the package stays in good condition and its original seal can be restored countless times, the food in the package naturally stays fresher. Every producer of foodstuffs wants its products to stay fresh and edible until the expiration date, and reclosure labels can help make it happen.

  1. Helpful Feature for Hand Problems

One thing that’s seldom mentioned about reclosure labels is how they can benefit a certain population: people with hand problems such as arthritis and scleroderma. For many, the easily peelable and resealable labels make it easier to manipulate the package than if paper or rigid plastic were used.

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Flexo-Graphics provides commercial print solutions for various types of labels, coupons, containers, and more. Printing reclosure labels for food and other products is one of our specialties. Since 1983, we’ve helped businesses sell more products and make products easier for consumers and businesses to use by providing dynamic print to packaging solutions.

To inquire about your options for reclosure labels with us, give us a call today at (262) 790-2740, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Labels for Beverage Copackers: An Overview

In the commercial food industry, copackers are companies that produce food and food packaging on behalf of clients. After the packaging is produced, clients apply their brand to it, as well as any information required by company policy or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For example, if you go to Whole Foods and buy the store’s brand of beverages — ones that have the 365 label — you’re purchasing products the store paid another company to produce and package. You find the same type of products at practically every large grocery chain in the U.S. For consumers, the value is that store brand products usually cost less than products from independent brands but taste just as good.

Primary and Secondary Packaging

There are two basic types of copackers: ones that supply primary packaging, such as the cans or bottles beer comes in; and ones that supply secondary packaging, such as the six-pack holder or the cardboard box that contains the bottles.

As Wikipedia notes, “Secondary copacking is typically used for the purposes of branding and display.” However, concerning the third party packaging process, secondary copackers aren’t solely responsible for brand appeal.

For example, while brand appeal for a six pack is found on the paper six pack holder, brand appeal for the individual beverages is found on the bottle label. The difference is important to note, because many stores offer a “create your own six pack” option, in which customers read labels directly applied to bottles to judge whether a particular drink seems appealing.

So, just as there are two basic types of beverage copackers, there are two basic types of labels for beverage copackers: labels applied directly to individual beverages and labels applied to the container that holds the beverages.

Combining Primary and Secondary   

The faster beverages are properly packaged, the faster stores can price them and put them on shelves. To minimize turnaround time for the packaging process, it’s helpful to have a single company perform both primary and secondary packaging. It’s also helpful to remember that many copackers aren’t label specialists.

To make the best brand impression, you may need to work with a labeling solutions provider, such as Flexo-Graphics, in addition to working with a copacker that puts beverages in labeled containers.

First, packaging is selected. Second, your brand and any additional graphics or information is printed on the packaging. Third, beverages are placed in the packaging and distributed for sale. After the package is labeled, filled, and sealed, it’s ready for store shelves.

Need Labels for Beverage Copackers?

If so, Flexo-Graphics is here to help. We provide labels for beverage copackers for a broad array of products, including beverages and foodstuffs of various kinds. We can work with your copacker to ensure that your store brand products are perfectly labeled, and arrive ready to sell.

To inquire about our labels for beverage copackers, please call us today at (262) 790-2740, or fill out the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Seasonal Labels: Why Craft Beer Labels Will Change Forever This Christmas

Not so long ago, there was a time when craft beer usually hit store shelves and pub tables to herald the arrival of a season, or celebrate a holiday. Craft beer makers still take advantage of these opportunities, but many of their brews are now available year round.

Craft beer has become a booming business, with some microbreweries turning into major breweries. However, as happens in many other industries, with increased business presence has come increased regulation. One of the latest regulations on craft beer comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Scope of the Regulation

Starting in December, 2016, the FDA requires craft brewers to list nutritional information for their libations on the product package (e.g., six pack container) or individual cans and bottles. But there’s a catch.

According to foodprocessing.com — an online publiction that provides information to food and beverage manufacturers — “The regulations will require breweries to list nutritional information on their alcoholic beverages if they want to remain on the menu at big chain restaurants and brew pubs that have 20 or more locations.”

For craft brewers whose revenue already depends on selling their drinks in restaurant and pub chains, compliance is all but inevitable. Come Christmas 2016, many of the seasonal labels craft brewers apply to their products will contain nutritional information for a great tasting product we usually don’t associate with nutrition.

Impact of the Regulation

Craft beer usually isn’t something we drink if we’re counting calories. Like fine candy, the beer is typically a high carbohydrate concoction that we consume for pleasure. Consequently, listing all of those empty calories on seasonal labels for craft beers this Christmas is unlikely to make many people sober up about their caloric intake of alcohol.

However, it should be noted that, along with the craft beer movement, has come the movement to improve health by eating foods whose ingredients contribute directly to a healthy body. For the sake of analogy, if these two movements were parents, the new FDA labeling requirement for craft brewers would be their offspring.

There’s also the impact of cost. Craft brewers whose products are sold in chain restaurants and pubs need a new product labeling solution, preferably one that contains the new information without compromising existing elements of visual branding. However you slice it, many brewers will have to pay for new product package and/or product label designs in just a few months.

Need Seasonal Labels for Craft Beer?

If so, Flexo-Graphics would be proud to serve as your label supplier, providing you with all of the information you need to select the best labels for your products. The FDA’s new requirement for craft brewers may temporarily throw a wrench in the gears of brewers’ labeling processes.

To learn how we can help you label your beverages, call us today at (262) 790-2740, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to designing the label you need, so your business can focus on what it does best: Brew great beer.