Labels & Labeling

Health claims on packaging: Simplicity and scientific substantiation key for consumers

22 Feb 2019 --- Health and nutrition messaging on packaging should be as simple as possible, as well as scientifically substantiated. This is according to the findings from a 4-year EU-funded research project, CLYMBOL – Role of Health-related Claims and Symbols in Consumer Behavior – which studied consumer understanding of health claims and symbols on packaging. It is hoped that the findings will inform future policy development to align “consumer protection issues as well as public health and food marketing communication interests.”

Expiration label confusion leads to food waste, US study confirms

22 Feb 2019 --- Widespread confusion on food date labels is leading to increased waste and food safety risks, a new survey examining US consumer attitudes has found. The survey, published in Waste Management, highlights that consumers interpret package date labels incorrectly and wrongfully believe that the expiration dates are federally regulated. The researchers are calling for tech solutions, such as the use of QR codes, policy changes and consumer education to ensure food waste is diminished and foodborne illness is avoided.

Label the future: UPM Raflatac’s smart solution bridges brand-consumer gap as e-commerce continues rise

08 Feb 2019 --- Self-adhesive label specialists UPM Raflatac has successfully completed the first pilot of its new smart label solution, RafMore for e-commerce. RafMore labels use Internet of Packaging (IoP) technology to log and share information about packages, adding transparency and reducing inefficiencies and waste during the delivery process.

Avery Dennison launches rPET liners in four new constructions across Europe

04 Feb 2019 --- Adhesive manufacturer Avery Dennison’s recently launched portfolio of recycled PET (rPET) liners has been boosted by the introduction of four new labeling constructions, available across Europe. The new liner labels are made using 30 percent rPET and designed to separate easily from PET bottles, aiding the post-consumer recycling process.

UK Environment Secretary proposes stricter allergen labeling laws

29 Jan 2019 --- The UK government has launched a consultation to strengthen allergen labeling laws. British Environment Secretary Michael Gove unveiled proposals to overhaul allergen labeling laws and give consumers more transparent information on the food they buy last Friday (25 Jan). Subject to the consultation launched last week, food outlets selling pre-packaged food directly for sale could be required to follow new rules designed to give the UK’s two million food allergy sufferers greater confidence in the safety of their food.

First time for Europe: Spanish supermarket chain launches Nutri-score labeling

16 Jan 2019 --- Spanish supermarket chain Eroski has introduced a handful of own-brand products featuring Nutri-Score labeling. This makes Eroski the first distribution company in Spain to incorporate this “advanced nutrition” labeling. The Nutri-Score system classifies foods into five levels, indicated by colored letters – from “A” in dark green to “E” in dark orange. It is calculated on the basis of the calories, the nutrients which are beneficial for our health – fiber, protein, amount of fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses – and nutrients whose intake should be reduced – saturated fat, salt and sugar – per 100 grams of the product.

Mosca unveils efficient and fast produce strapping technology

16 Jan 2019 --- Mosca GmbH, developer and producer of strapping machines, is to introduce Evolution SoniXs MS-6-H at Fruit Logistica, in Berlin, Germany, this year (February 6-8). It is positioned as a high-speed, reliable food produce strapping machine, that handles food carefully, without employing methods that could contaminate it.

Weekly Roundup: UK-wide deposit-return scheme planned for 2023, Stora Enso teams with FSC

21 Dec 2018 --- This week in packaging news, the UK government unveiled plans for a nationwide deposit-return scheme, which is set to launch in 2023. Sustainability action was widespread and exemplified by Stora Enso’s new partnership with FSC, which will aim to increase levels of certified wood supply across Europe, and Ritrama SpA’s launch of a new 50 percent dried grass label for wine, spirits and beer. Meanwhile, Coveris will open its new Pack Positive Centre in Leeds, UK, in the New Year, with the aim of driving sustainable plastic and paper packaging advancements.

In-mold labeling sustainability boost: Verstraete IML signs the New Plastics Economy’s Global Commitment

20 Dec 2018 --- In-mold labeling supplier Verstraete IML has become the latest signatory to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, “A Line in the Sand,” led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. In line with the Global Commitment’s objectives, Verstraete IML is innovating to produce plastic labels that are reusable and recyclable, thereby eliminating waste at source.

Talking jars: Francesco Rinaldi launches first AR technology in pasta sauce category

13 Dec 2018 --- Francesco Rinaldi has become the first pasta sauce brand to incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) technology into its packaging. In a move anticipated to enhance brand loyalty and increase sales, consumers can scan Rinaldi jar labels with a smartphone and watch the brand’s icon, Mrs. Rinaldi, deliver “an entertaining and engaging product message” via a downloadable app.

Allergen labeling: Coop rolls out NiceLabel solution across bakeries, strengthening traceability and food safety

12 Dec 2018 --- Swiss retailer Coop is collaborating with developer of label design software NiceLabel to enhance the company’s labeling processes at its factories and in-store bakeries. The system helps food & beverage manufacturers to meet regulatory and regional label requirements and improves food safety. It comes as industry reviews labeling allergens in the wake of two allergy-related deaths of Pret a Manger customers and while an increasing amount of global consumers are reportedly suffering from food allergies.

UPM Raflatac launches “world’s first” clear-on-clear label from recyclate

07 Dec 2018 --- Label supplier UPM Raflatac has introduced a new line of ultra-clear thin film labels made from 90 percent recycled content in the EMEIA region. The Vanish PCR labels are currently the only labels on the market to incorporate recycled content, according to Raflatac. They are designed to increase sustainability without compromising on performance and design.

VPF introduces “ultra-sustainable” label stock made of renewable grass paper

30 Nov 2018 --- VPF has launched a new adhesive-coated label stock made of grass paper which is both recyclable and compostable. This “ultra-sustainable” addition to VPF’s product portfolio has been approved for direct food contact and can be used across a range of applications, notably printing labels for upmarket products in the food, beverage and cosmetic industries. The label stock is suitable for both permanent and removable labels.

Kellogg UK to follow PepsiCo Europe in expanding use of traffic light labeling

29 Nov 2018 --- Kellogg UK is to adopt color-coded labeling in the UK on cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain. The new labeling is to start from January 2019 on brands including Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosties and Special K. The news comes a day after PepsiCo announced it will trial interpretative color-coded labeling for both beverages and foods in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland.  

World’s first side-embossed screw cap nabs De Bortoli Wines Innovator of the Year trophy

29 Nov 2018 --- Australian family-owned winery De Bortoli Wines has won the inaugural Winery Innovator of the Year trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London this month. The winery was recognized for continuing to be at the forefront of Australia’s pale dry Rosé movement, particularly for its unique packaging on its new Rosé Rosé which features a color side-embossed screw cap that is the first registered closure decoration of its kind in the world.

Happy Cup team with Verstraete for Reverse IML label style and reusability

02 Oct 2018 --- The Happy Cup project is bringing stylish and sustainable reusable drinking cups to events across Russia thanks to the Reverse IML label from Verstraete. The Reverse IML label is printed on the back of transparent film and attached to the cup during production, offering a wide range of decorative and functional possibilities. In terms of sustainability, the cups can be returned to the retailer for reuse or even washed at home multiple times without loss of quality, since the label is made of the same durable material as the cup.

Vitamin brand vitafusion “first in the US” to offer recyclable shrink packaging 

01 Oct 2018 --- Gummy vitamin brand vitafusion, manufactured by Church & Dwight, has become the “first in the vitamins category” to use recycle friendly shrink-film labeled packaging in the US. Launched this year, packaging for vitafusion’s MultiVites 150-count gummies now incorporates shrink labels made with high-performing Eastman Embrace LV resin and Sun Chemical’s SunLam Deseaming Adhesive, converting a previously non-recyclable package to a recycle-friendly one. The full vitafusion gummies line will convert to recycle-friendly shrink labeled packaging in 2019.

Full wrap with self-adhesive labels result of UPM Raflatac and Multivac collaboration 

27 Sep 2018 --- UPM Raflatac and Multivac are collaborating on a full wrap solution with self-adhesive labels for food packaging which hopes to deliver a heightened level of attractiveness on the shelf and sustainability.

Avery Dennison targets pharmaceutical packaging with UHF and RFID labels

17 Sep 2018 --- Avery Dennison, global labeling and functional materials manufacturer, has expanded its portfolio of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) inlay label products targeting the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. 

Taghleef to debut white top coated films for PSL facestock application

06 Sep 2018 --- Taghleef Industries (Ti) is to debut four new voided white top coated films for PSL facestock applications at Labelexpo Americas 2018. The films are said to be products of Ti’s rapidly expanding top coating expertise, capabilities and capacity.

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