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Pressure Sensitive Film Labels: A Durable Branding Solution

Are you tired of having paper labels rip or tear when placed on a product? Do your current labels wear or get damaged when exposed to conditions such as wet or abrasive environments? While paper might be the traditional approach, it just doesn’t have the same durability as newer product marketing options. These newer choices aid in brand awareness, catch the eye of potential customers, make it possible to use vibrant colors, and allow for sharper graphics. A variety of choices have surfaced in this industry including:

  • Pressure Sensitive Film and synthetic paper labels
  • Film
  • Shrink
  • Screen labels

Each type has several material, design, and color options with some working better depending on the environment. For example, weatherproof labels are a great choice when the product will be exposed to cold, water, or other similar environments. As another example, pressure sensitive labels are capable of adhering to multiple surface types.

What Pressure Sensitive Film Materials Are Available?

Pressure sensitive film labels have become a common option for keeping a clean, professional look on any product. They can consist of various materials with each offering its own set of advantages. The four most common types made available by printing providers today are:

  • Polyester – A durable type of material offering moisture and heat resistance.
  • Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene Films (BOPP) – A more economical option that delivers excellent print quality and moisture resistance.
  • Vinyl – A material capable of resisting moisture or environmental exposure with less durability than polyester. These materials are often used for items such as glass labels or outdoor decals.
  • Polyolefin – Often used for squeezable products, this labeling material offers a thin, flexible option capable of conforming easily to a curved surface.

Pressure sensitive film labels may also be clear, matte, or colored when needed. If you are unsure as to what is best for the product you are labeling, talk with an experienced manufacturer to determine what option best suits your specific needs.

The Benefits of Pressure Sensitive Film Labels

Pressure sensitive film labels may be used with a laminate over a printed label for additional protection. They are harder to damage, add to the appearance of the product, offer a variety of marketing choices, and can be more cost effective over paper or less durable choices. The end design can appear more like a traditional label, have vibrant colors, or not look like a label at all.

Different materials are made available to ensure you get the right design for your product. This choice offers several benefits including the ability to create custom, eye catching labels for an array of product types. They also provide the following types of protection in more abrasive, damaging environments:

  • Water-Resistance
  • Weatherproofing
  • Tear Resistance
  • Abrasion Protection
  • Chemical Resistance

Film labels provide the ability to create a “no label” look where the material appears to be part of the package or container. They can be used to create custom designs with bright vibrant colors that will help your product stand out from others on the retail shelf. Flexo-Graphics offers a variety of options for effectively marketing products. If you are looking for a durable, cost effective film label solution, we would love to discuss these choices with you. Give us a call today!

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Transparent Labels for Craft Beer Bottles: Pros and Cons

If you sell a pilsner or a lager, you can probably see through your beer. Now you have the chance to see through its label, too. Transparent beverage labels have been making their way around the beer world for a couple of years, with the Heineken brand pulling a notable switcheroo and going with transparent labels on its bottles. Craft beer makers are weighing their options with the modern looking labels now, too.

What’s good and not so good about transparent labels? Are there any obvious benefits or potential shortcomings? This is what we turn an eye to below, looking at some of the basic pros and cons of transparent labels for craft beer and beer bottles in general.

Pro: Draws Attention to Actual Product

If you have nice Irish red ale with a medium body, a transparent label will help you show off the reddish-amber hue. Also, triple pilsners have a hazy, blonde hue that seems to catch sunbeams, so they’re nice to show off, as well. Basically, if your brew’s color is a part of its consumer appeal, a transparent label helps you showcase the characteristic.

Con: Can Make Containers Hard to Grip

Transparent labels look smooth and slick — and they are. Some of them have interesting parameters that curve in and out, snaking down the face of the bottle, creating ridge lines you need to run your fingers over to perceive.

These lines create weird sense of traction when you apply pressure, but it isn’t much. Most people would probably find it easier to hold a bottle that has a thick, cellulose-based label.

Pro: Excellent at Withstanding Wear

Remember those nervous bar goers you’ve seen peeling the labels off beers, as they take confidence in a friend or bartender? That’s not happening with transparent labels. The labels can form such a strong bond you practically need a razor edge scraper to remove them. This is a good thing as far as communicating your brand goes — and, thankfully, pubs don’t have razor edge scrapers laying around.

Con: Can Cause Customer Attrition

Going from an opaque label to a transparent label is a major aesthetic change. The bottle looks totally different; this can make some consumers second guess buying what was once a favorite beverage.

Branding research has shown how important product aesthetics are to our perception of brand quality, especially when the aesthetics have been in place for years. If you plan to switch to a transparent label, perform some marketing research, or maybe test with a seasonal brew.

Interested in Transparent Labels?

If so, Flexo-Graphics has high-quality, attractive options that you choose from today. Transparent labeling is relatively new to the craft beer industry, making now a good time to consult with us to see if the labels are a good alternative for a particular drink or an entire line. Call us today at (262) 790-2740, or send us an email through our contact form, to reach out.

4 Factors That Make or Break Distillery Labels

Distilleries have been around for thousands of years, and so have distillery labels for identifying the liquors they produce. When an antique bottle of liquor is discovered today, it’s label is typically in bad shape — and, often times, the label is missing.

How some liquors are distilled has remained remarkably the same over the centuries, but technology for distillery labels has increased significantly over the past few decades. Today, we know what separates a good label from a bad one by reviewing the four basic characteristics of the product, among others.

Product Longevity

Are you bottling a high-end drink that’s likely to be placed in a liquor cabinet and sipped slowly over the next year, or is your distillation a low-priced drink that’s likely to end up in a batch of frat party punch?

If your product tends to be savored instead of guzzled, it’s good to use distillery labels that have permanent adhesive, which helps keeps the label in place for the life of the product. Plus, the label is probably intertwined with branding, establishing part of the product’s aesthetic appeal. You want it to stay in place for that reason, too.

Storage Conditions

Some liquor aficionados quickly fill up a liquor cabinet and need some extra room. If their home has a cellar, newly purchased, high-end liquor is often placed in the subterranean space. It may also be placed in a temperature-controlled wine cabinet that doubles as a liquor repository.

Both options have one thing in common: They have a relatively high moisture density, which can wreak havoc on labels not made for the end conditions of storage. It’s important to work with your convertor on thinking the entire storage process all the way through.

Label Aesthetics

Your label can say a lot about the quality of your liquor. Ingredients and the aging process are two quality indicators, but so is your logo and associated images.

For example, if you’re distilling rum, do you really want the label to have a figure that impersonates Captain Morgan, as numerous other rum producers have done? If your concoction is an inexpensive “biggest bang for the buck” type of drink, maybe so. If not, don’t expect consumers to consider your distillation a true original if it doesn’t appear to be.

Label Information

There’s information you’re required to print on distillery labels by law, such as alcohol content, and information you can add to distinguish your liquor from others in the same group.

For example, it’s become popular for vodka to be differentiated by taste (grape, orange, marshmallow, etc.) in addition to brand. Similarly, the age of bourbon and taste notes of scotch are popular differentiators. Information used to distinguish your liquor in a positive light can help it sell — and, sometimes, a small distinguishment, such as a single, special ingredient, can seal the deal.

Contact Us Today

When it comes to marketing, sales, and the consumer experience, the characteristics of the distillery labels you use can make a big difference in more ways than one. To get started on creating the perfect labels for your liquors, call Flexo-Graphics today at (262) 790-2740, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve perfect labels!

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How Booklet Labels for Nutraceuticals Promote Sales

A nutraceutical is defined as a “pharmaceutical-grade and standardized nutrient [that is] regulated by FDA under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.” (Wikipedia) However, in the U.S., the term nutraceutical technically lacks a legal definition.

As Wikipedia explains, “Depending on [the] ingredients [of a nutraceutical] and the claims with which it is marketed, [the] product is regulated as a drug, dietary supplement, food ingredient, or food. This means the term nutraceutical can be used broadly on product labels to let consumers know the product has a nutraceutical formulation.

However, exactly what the formulation consists of — and why it’s purported to be beneficial to health — requires more space that a typical pharmacy product label allows. In this situation, nutraceutical producers can use booklet labels — which literally contain a small booklet that’s sealed to the container — for communicating information that promotes the sale.

Product Story

Nutraceuticals often have an interesting story that goes back many years, beginning when pharmaceuticals weren’t around, and what are now called nutraceuticals were used instead.

The FDA is behind the times in recognizing the medical history and medicinal benefits of natural products, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tell the story of your nutraceutical using booklet labels, and let consumers judge for themselves.

  1. Intended Use

We often eat products we know are “healthy” without knowing how they positively impact health on a cellular level, or which aspects of health they help the most. The typical pharmacy bottle label doesn’t offer much room to explicate the health benefits of a nutraceutical, but booklet labels do. Write some great copy about what your nutraceutical does and why it’s the best nutraceutical for the job. Then include the text in booklet labels.

  1. Length of Use

Some health products can be taken every day for life, while other are like antibiotics: You take them for a period of time and not again until the need re-arises. Some consumers may not understand why they can’t take a naturally derived product for as long as they wish. Booklet labels offer the opportunity to explain both the benefits of taking a nutraceutical and the importance of sticking to the recommended course.

  1. Interactions

Some health supplements are fine to take on their own but not in conjunction with other supplements. Consuming too much of a good thing and experiencing a negative side effect — which is typically not critical — is often the reason why.

If this applies to your nutraceutical, you can use booklet labels to take the time and space to explain interactions. Some consumers assume there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing, so including interaction information can be helpful for producing good health outcomes.

Contact Us Today

Flexo-Graphics has experience creating booklet labels for nutraceuticals and other health products that consumers use in lieu of or in addition to doctor-prescribed medicine. If you have a great nutraceutical to sell, and the only thing standing in the way of selling it is a great product label, one of our booklet style labels may be the perfect solution.

To get started on selecting the right label, call us today at at (262) 790-2740, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

We Are Growing. Could you be the right fit for our team?

Position – Inside Sales/Account Manager

Summary:
Flexo-Graphics is searching for an Inside Sales/Account manager as we continue to grow and aggressively expand our company. We want a top performer to help manage accounts, tackle new opportunities, and assist the current sales team, all while working toward an outside sales role.  Helping the current sales team in project management, customer communication, vendor communication, and other internal support will be the primary responsibilities, but a great candidate will also be able to identify opportunities through market research, prospecting, outbound calls, networking/referrals, social media, lead generation, networking, and trade shows.

This position is perfect for someone who wants a career that can develop new sales skills while sharpening current ones. Opportunities are limited only by ones willingness to learn and work hard. This role will work closely with customer service,  sales, and management in our strong and fun team atmosphere helping fulfill our vision to supply customers a broad range of labels and flexible packaging that will identify, enhance, and add value to their products. Creating a unique service profile for each customer makes this all possible.

We provide labels and/or flexible packaging to numerous markets ranging from food and beverage to medical. Examples of labels include: beer, tea, workout powders, automotive batteries, shoe polish, cleaners both janitorial and household, plastic tubs, wet wipes, cheese, motors. We have actively expanded our labeling capabilities and services to provide a unique value proposition to both large and small companies. We are headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin and managed by a uniquely qualified and experienced team of owners.

We are an ISO certified company with state of the art flexo and digital equipment, keeping us on the cutting edge of technology. A brand new 1 million dollar press arrived on our floor on 2/27/17, and new progressive plate making equipment will replace our old equipment in March of 2017.

Responsiveness
Flexo-Graphics has extensive manufacturing, design and service experience. We have geared our operational processes for quick cycle times and the ability to react to urgent customer needs.

All of our customers demand the same from their suppliers, products which meet every superlative – faster, better, lower cost, etc – we push back conventional thinking and bring forward solutions which enhance, identify and add value to both products and processes.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Help Increase Flexo-Graphics top line revenue.
  • Generate, develop, and maintain customer accounts by employing the Flexo-Graphics sales and marketing strategy.
  • Use phone, email, social media, and networking to develop professional relationships.
  • Prepare and deliver sales proposals/presentations, and follow-up with key decision makers.
  • Provide technical support to customers; identifying and resolving customer challenges.
  • Learn all of Flexo-Graphics’ capabilities, our value proposition, markets we covet, and what brings us success in them.
  • Prepare weekly sales activity and prospecting reports to review with supervisors.

Qualifications

  • Preferred (not required) two to four years of consultative sales/account management experience.
  • High energy individual willing to learn and take direction from senior sales staff.
  • Able to communicate effectively the customers needs to flexo personnel to provide optimal service.
  • Must be an organized self starter with ability to manage time and deadlines.
  • Must be self–motivated and dedicated to constant learning of both new selling concepts and industry information.
  • Ability to identify leads that promote growth and profitability.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to summarize customer’s needs to internal sales support.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to travel for customer visits, trade shows, and other travel as necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Please reply to mikemcd@flexo-graphics.com

Mike McDonough- Executive Vice President at Flexo-Graphics

Cell:  414-379-3380

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The No Label Look: 4 Reasons to Use it for Craft Beer

We usually associate the look of craft beer labels with natural paper and synthetic paper that’s better at repelling condensation than the former. But there’s a new type of label popping up on craft beer — and if you look too fast, you might miss it.

It’s called transparent labeling, also known as the “no label look”. It’s a synthetic label — usually plastic or vinyl — that’s crystal clear, except for drink information and branding elements. Aesthetic features of the label seem to float on the bottle, creating a sleek, modern, minimalist look that associated with the benefits below.

  1. Creates a Light Look for Light Beer

Some craft beer seems as heavy as oatmeal. On the flipside are pilsners that are lite and refreshing like German breakfast beer. The lite, minimal aesthetic of the no label look creates a clean, clear bottle that looks as crisp as the beverage inside. Use the no label look for your entire line or a special light beer whose character the look seems to emulate.

  1. Showcases Unique Bottle Designs

Some brewers focus on creating a highly unique bottle. The large Grolsch bottle is a good example, with a unique hand grip formed in the glass, along with a resealable stopper top. If you have a brew that eschews the standard longneck bottle and creates a unique shape, a no look label can help shoppers notice the nice design.

  1. Spotlights Color of Specific Brews

Some craft brews — meaning the beer itself — are interesting to look at, especially bottle-conditioned editions that have a natural layer of sediment on the bottom from the ingredient maturation process.

The sediment may look unsightly to the non-craft-beer-hound, but specialists like to tilt the bottle and judge the consistency of the layer to surmise the smoothness of the drink when the layer is disturbed and suspended. A clear label helps craft beer aficionados get a good view of bottle conditioning.

  1. Delivers Exceptional Durability

The no label look gets its aesthetic from ultra clear plastic or vinyl that’s so transparent to the point of near invisibility. Keeping the label in place is permanent adhesive that forms a strong bond between label and glass. Paper labels can get torn during shipping, stocking, and purchase, but transparent labels typically look as good in the customer’s hand as they did coming off of the production line.

Interested in the No Label Look?

If you aren’t sure, let us do a digital mockup of your beverage and show you what a no label aesthetic would look like. You might decide to use it for a particular brew, more than one, or not at all. If the no label look gets a red light, that’s a step forward, too, as it helps guide you to the right label by narrowing the field.

For assistance with label selection, give us a call today at (262) 790-2740, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!