The 3 Most Common Labeling Challenges for Food Manufacturers
Food and beverage manufacturers face many labeling challenges including: managing to multiple label types, tracking and tracing of products from raw materials to finished goods, complex customer requirements, and a continued rise of labeling requirements for compliant labels.
Let’s take cheese manufacturing, for example. A manufacturer could have the same cheese, prepared 5 different ways: a wheel of cheese, a brick of cheese, shaved cheese, shredded cheese, and cubed cheese. Each unit of cheese may also have different packaging, branding, and labeling requirements. Now factor in the creation of labels for pricing based on random weights, product labels, case labels, and/or pallet labels.
This poses demand for labeling solutions that can cater to a higher level of labeling complexities: database integrations, connections to weighing scales, on-demand color printing, dynamic styling, and more.
Below are three of the most common labeling challenges we are seeing for food manufacturers:
1. Labeling Regulations on the Rise
The Food and Beverage industry is faced with more labeling regulations and initiatives than ever. Some examples include: the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), Allergen labeling, Nutrition Facts labeling, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and more. This eBook from our TEKLYNX partner, Navigating Food Labeling Requirements, provides options on how to achieve compliance.
2. Color Labels Becoming More Prominent
There continues to be a rise of graphics and colors on labels for food and beverages. Color is being used often for better visual references, competitive differentiation, branding, and highlighting of key information but presents new labeling challenges for food manufacturers. It requires manufactures to revisit their labeling processes and to explore moving to on-demand color labeling, color matching, and database integrations for variable images within labels.
3. The Need for More Lean Labeling Processes
As the food and beverage manufacturing industry evolves, supply chains are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to be leaner within their labeling environments. This could be exploring areas to remove unnecessary manual steps, installation of print and apply machines, and/or incorporation of print automation in labeling (print automation from a scan, scale, or script).
With so many challenges being faced by food manufacturers, ease of use in labeling processes and technologies is a must.
To help address these common labeling challenges, Miles Data is teaming up with with Epson, TEKLYNX, and Panther to showcase and demonstrate labeling applications for food manufacturers. Come visit us in booth #1802 at ICTE and experience best practices in label design, on-demand color label printing, print and apply applications, and printing from scales.
Looking to address your business’ specific challenges? Schedule a meeting with us for a free one-on-one demonstration at the event.
Event Name: International Cheese Technology Exposition
When: April 17 – 19
Where: Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI
ICTE brings together more than 3,000 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, and marketers to gather and share information about the latest in cheese technology and food manufacturing. Come visit us and discover new ways to optimize your labeling operations.
Learn how you can meet the ongoing demand for faster, smarter, compliant, and more efficient labeling processes by scheduling a meeting with us. We look forward to seeing you there!
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