Food Label Printing
There are, of course, many different packaging formats within the food industry. To suit, custom printed food labels on rolls are still the predominant force when it comes to marketing, selling and distributing food products packaged in jars, cans, bottles and pouches.
The ability to now print food labels and product labels digitally is allowing brands and business of all shapes and sizes to launch more flavours, limited editions and cater to ever evolving consumer tastes and desires.
Food Labelling Legislation
Labels for food are generally adhesive stickers such as those we are familiar with from other packaging – bottles, cans and cartons. However, it must be ensured that food labelling legislation is not breached when producing food labels.
The basic prerequisite for food labelling is adherence to the stipulations of legislation, which of course has an impact on the materials and printing processes which can be used. For example, the visible side must not come into contact with the package contents. Food packaging must also not be printed on the inside. On the one-hand, print colours for food labels must also be selected for their resistance to any impact from the contents, but on the other, they must not influence or change the taste, smell or appearance of the food.
How are Food Labels Applied?
When producing tins and jars, the labels are generally mechanically applied. Adhesive labels for packages of fresh meat which are printed on afterwards normally come on rolls and are subsequently applied by hand. Roll labels are tried and tested for food labelling. For all other purposes identified, self-adhesive roll labels should be used due to legislation governing food.
Materials, Shapes and Printing
As mentioned above, paper is usually used in the production of food labels. label.co.uk can, however, also offer you printed films or transparent labels for the look you require as well as various finishing processes.
You have the choice between round, square, circular labels or a personalised shape according to your requirements. If you are looking for something unusual, we would be happy to advise you on the options. We print on paper as well as coloured and transparent film labels of the highest quality using both digital processes and conventional offset processes. We do not use flexographic printing or Inkjet due to quality considerations.
What Needs to be Considered when Producing Freezer-Grade Labels?
Not only must freezer labels be resistant to cold, they must also be resistant to moisture to a certain extent, as there will be meltwater or condensation in their vicinity. Generally, freezer labels are manufactured using film or wood-free paper and a frost-resistant adhesive is applied. They are then suitable for temperatures as low as -20°C. Special food labels are also necessary for food containing oil or food preserved in oil so that product identification can be guaranteed if oil leaks out of the food packaging. If you have any questions on these topics, please speak to our team of advisers.
Quality and quick delivery
As you can see, labels for food are rather more complex than labels destined for other products may be. Comprehensive advice will often be required. Simply contact us – our team will provide you with comprehensive, competent advice. As professionals for every type of label, we do not compromise on the quality of print processes and the materials used. Whether it’s paper, film, coloured or transparent labels, high quality is our primary focus. We also guarantee rapid delivery – for us, deadlines are binding. If in doubt, you can also have the product you require produced within 48 hours using our express service. Of course, you can take an initial look at our materials and finishes at your leisure; simply order our sample book free of charge.
Food Labels FAQs
All of the materials which we offer are industry-approved and feature widely across retail shelves and online shops.
The print and protective varnishes allow for both refrigerated and modern logistics environment; no running inks or scuffed labels. The industry standard permanent adhesive also means your custom printed labels won’t be falling off anytime soon.
Finding the most appropriate material is more a question of which material best compliments your brand and this is a question which you must answer. Make the decision easier and request one of our Sample Books.
We do not have a minimum order quantity as such.
Due to the nature of roll label printing production methods, we advise that 1000 pieces as good starting point. This ensures you receive a sensible cost per label.
More than one product; all labels are same size:
Perfect, digital label printing will allow us to print all your labels in the same production run and keep things extremely cost-effective.
More than one product; labels are different sizes:
Where label sizes differ, we will require additional cutting tools and machine set-ups. Essentially each size of label will be treated as a separate print run.
Tools & Resources:
In order to review and test our materials & print quality most comprehensively, we recommend requesting a complimentary Sample Book.
Ensure that your label artwork files are print-ready; download our data delivery guide.
Should you wish to proof your labels before committing to a larger run, we have devised a range of proofing services.