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5 Label Trends from Pack Expo 2014

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Nov 17, 2014 9:20:28 AM

 

Pack Expo 2014 at Chicago's McCormick Place was a huge success! Not only was this the biggest packaging trade show in terms of space with 1.2 million square feet of exhibits, but it was also record breaking in attendance as over 50,000 attended.

At Weber's booth, we talked to many new businesses and companies that were looking for ideas and solutions for their future labeling projects.

Since labeling covers just about every demographic and category, we helped customers with everything from labeling small cosmetic containers to craft beer bottles to high speed carton labeling at distribution centers.

Check out some of the trends we noticed from Pack Expo 2014.

 

Top 5 Label Trends

1) Pouch Labeling

Pouch packaging is in! For food products like granola, nuts and coffee beans, a stand-up pouch makes a big impact on the shelf and can be an affordable packaging option. The biggest issue for a lot of these businesses is the high minimums for pre-printed flexible pouch packaging.

A quick fix to this is to purchase blank or clear pouches and apply labels to handle the variable information. You can order a standard size label with your logo and variably print nutriitonal information or anything that changes among flavors. A popular solution to handle this of labeling a label printer-applicator or the  Alpha Compact label applicator system.

 

2) Craft Beverage Labeling

This year, more than ever, we received a lot of interest from craft breweries, small-batch distilleries and winery start ups.

The most common question among all three was how could they get low volume labels with an artisan look that give off a high-end image. To show how we can solve this problem, we handed out lots of beverage digital label samples that were a hit among the brewers and distillers. 

Our uniquely-designed craft beer labels were our most popular samples for attendees to take!

 

3) Sustainable Labels

Each year we notice more and more people requesting information on sustainable materials for their labels. Requests included labels that were biodegradable, recyclable or even made with post-consumer waste.

A wide variety of materials are available to fulfill this need. Talk to your label expert for details. Expect to see more demand for green labels!

 

4) Small Business Product Labeling

There were many small business owners who visited us at Pack Expo. Like the craft beverage industry, label volumes tend to be low and price is a major consideration.

Many of them are looking to get into promotional or personalized packaging. Both the HP Indigo digitally printed labels and the on-demand label printer, the QuadraColor, were popular among small businesses looking to improve their image.

 

5) Labeling Systems for Clamshells

A labeling challenge we hear a lot about involves clamshells. Standard wipe-on label applicators have trouble applying labels to these clamshells, especially at high speed.

This year many people were interested in our HERMA Tamp-Blow labeling system which accurately applies a label to the recessed area of the clamshell lid.  Because this is a non-contact labeling system, the HERMA Tamp-Blow can accurately apply labels to the recessed lid consistently and quickly.

 

 

If you couldn't make it to the show we have you covered! We can send you label samples from our booth. If you want to talk about an upcoming label project, talk to one of our labeling experts.

 

Get Label Samples

 

We're also sharing our Pack Expo show discount! Use the code PE14 to receive 10% off a Go-Label.com order. This offer expires 12-31-14!

See you next year in Las Vegas for Pack Expo 2015!

 

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Topics: Weber News, Digital Labels, Trade Show


Pack Expo 2013: Innovations in Labels and Packaging

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Oct 7, 2013 8:45:00 AM

Wow! What an amazing Pack Expo show. With general show attendance up about 7% this year, our booth was buzzing with start ups, big businesses and future packaging engineers.

At this show we debuted our new larger booth layout, a couple of new products, and a very large assortment of labels manufactured by Weber.

 

Here were the highlights:

 

Decorative Custom Labels

Our booth featured two large label racks and lots of shelves that showed label rolls from dozens of industries.

We loved having the opportunity to share the print technology of our HP Indigo digital label presses, showing off a variety of label materials and the outstanding creativity of our Graphics department.

A popular topic that came up often in our booth was customers asking about updating their packaging with new label designs or materials. The major label trend in our booth was clear label material on clear packaging. Whether it was for wine, juice or sandwich packaging, people liked the high-end look of a clear label on their glass or plastic containers.

 

QuadraColor Inkjet Label Printer

As it has been at our last couple of shows, the QuadraColor inkjet label printer was a big hit!

Many visitors to our booth were looking for in-house label printing options or an alternative to the label printer they currently use. They were impressed with the high-resolution quality of the labels and how easy it is to operate the QuadraColor.

We found that food companies who have multiple SKUs want the flexibility to print the labels for their flavor varieties on-demand.

Visitors were also impressed that the QuadraColor label printer holds up to 250 different label designs in its memory, making it easy to pull up label designs on-demand.

 

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Topics: Label Applicators, Labels, Weber News, Labeling Systems, Digital Labels, Trade Show, Label Printers


Weber's Top Tweets on Labeling and Packaging Design

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Aug 28, 2013 8:35:00 AM


Here are a few Tweets that we thought might be helpful in designing labels and selecting the label application method that is right for you.


Follow all our Tweets at @WeberPackaging

 

Applicators

Tips for picking the right printing and labeling system http://ow.ly/o4eOH

This article covers the challenges that distribution centers face with their labeling processes. Like any industry that regularly requires labeling, distributors must determine if they should continue to manually label or upgrade to automated labeling.

To discuss your labeling options, contact us at info@weberpackaging.com or visit us at one of our upcoming shows:

  • Automation Technology Expo/Pack Zone at McCormick Place in Chicago, September 10-12, Booth 1053
  • Pack Expo 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 23-25, Booth C-919

 

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Topics: Label Applicators, Labels, Weber News, Labeling Systems, Trade Show, Label Printers


Looking to Redesign Your Label? Talk To Our Expert Graphics Team

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Aug 13, 2013 4:20:00 AM


 

We understand how important your packaging design is for your brand. To make sure we're producing exactly the label you designed, we have the artwork reviewed by our team of graphic specialists.

I recently had a chance to learn more about the Graphics Department when I interviewed our new Graphics manager, Joe Lozano.

 

What does the Weber Graphics Department do?

The team is made up of six graphic design and pre-press specialists with collectively over 40 years of experience.

This group handles label design, art file preparation, proofing, color correction, and plate-making for flexographic print jobs. Every new label, including artwork, goes through this department. They also handle some re-orders and label artwork updates.

Weber's Graphics Department
(l to r) Annette Vanderwiel, Brent Mabe, Lee Butler, Annette Skwara, Kathy Puchalak and Joe Lozano

 

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Topics: Labels, Weber News, Digital Labels


Weber's Top Label Tweets 6/28/13

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jun 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM

Don't forget to follow all of our Tweets at @WeberPackaging.


 

Craft Beer Trend

"It's like a record label, for beer" B-Side Brewing Label http://ow.ly/mkhZd #CraftBeer #Trends

Craft Brewing Business's Keith Gribbins shared a really interesting new trend out of Canada. Beau's All Natural Brewing announced this new B-Side Brewing Label which works like a record label, for beer.

They will be collaborating with brewers all over the world to produce beer in the Ontario region. As the craft beer market grows, do you think we'll see more beer collaboration like this?

 

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Topics: Labels, Labeling Regulations, Weber News, Food Labels


Top Tweets on Labels and Manufacturing 6/14/13

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jun 14, 2013 9:01:00 AM


Here are the highlights from this week from our Twitter account @WeberPackaging.

Alcohol Labeling

Voluntary nutrition labeling approved for alcoholic beverage packaging http://ow.ly/lVXLS #Labels

Ever wonder how many calories are in your glass of wine? Well the National Consumers League believes this information needs to be labeled on alcohol beverage packaging.

At the end of May, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau announced that alcoholic beverage manufacturers can voluntarily label nutrition information on their packaging.

Are there any other consumable products that you think should require more nutritional information?

 

Limited Release

Perrier re-issues Warhol designs from 1980s ad campaign for new packaging http://ow.ly/lXqg3 #Labels @FastCoDesign

Do you remember the Andy Warhol inspired Campbell Soup labels from last summer? They're back! This time Perrier is releasing a special collection of Andy Warhol design labels for their 150th anniversary.

The designs were created by Andy Warhol for Perrier in the 1980s for a print ad campaign.

Will you collect them all?

 

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Topics: Social Media, Labels, Weber News