Are Your Food & Bev Labels Sticking Out Like They Should?

In the food and beverage industry, labels function as the customer’s first introduction to your brand, laying the foundation for their loyalty and repeat business. Having a high-quality, trustworthy label will help establish brand identity, ensuring that you stand out from the competition to new and existing customers alike.

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Below, we’ve assembled a quick guide on how to create effective labels for your food and beverage products.

Create Engaging Content

There are several important steps to designing engaging, relationship-building labels. First, you should study your target audience and how your brand identity will speak to your needs. Research has shown that customers look at a product for an average of four seconds before moving on, so it’s important to quickly and concisely express your brand’s information and identity. Highlight your product’s features and ingredients, but make sure you also leave room for the customer’s imagination (and don’t be misleading!).

Meet Government Regulations

All food and beverage labels must comply with FDA laws, standards, and guidelines. Providing clear, accurate nutritional information will help you avoid liability and keep your customers safe. Adhering to FDA regulations will also give you more opportunity to showcase your unique branding – some companies include unique designs or fun content around FDA labels to give their products a more human touch.

Enhance Shelf Appeal

Enhance Shelf Appeal

To boost your product’s shelf appeal, it’s important to establish unique color schemes, dynamic graphics, and original diction and branding. Customers remember a product for the distinctive personality it brings into play; therefore, your branding should help establish your product’s character, originality, and memorability.

You can also study your competitors’ designs to see what they’re doing, and then improve upon them. Aggressive marketing strategies by industry rivals can be refashioned into winning campaigns for you. Finding unique and original ways to differentiate yourself from your competitors will result in your product having your personality, and customers love personality.

Besides an eye-catching, engaging label, you must also consider innovative packaging. The more functional your packaging is, the better your sales will be. For example, when Heinz turned their flipped the labels on their ketchup bottles upside down, so that the bottle cap faced downward, they significantly increased their sales. A well-designed package will go a long way in setting yourself apart from your competitors and positively connecting with your customers.

Working with NADCO

NADCO brings a large team of qualified experts to any design challenge. With design experience for clients across many industries, we can customize a product to any standard. We offer sophisticated graphic services with 7-Spot Color printing, optional UV printing, and Cold Foil services.

To learn more about our unique labeling solutions, contact us and request a free quote today.

What it Means to be Florida’s First USGBC LEED Silver–Certified Manufacturer

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) implemented the international Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system to evaluate buildings’ environmental efficiency. LEED certifications can apply to any new building, and companies around the world are increasingly starting to remodel their existing structures to meet LEED standards.

By implementing optimized environmental efficiency and innovative operational practices, we’re proud to be Florida’s first manufacturer to receive the USGBC’s LEED-Silver Certification!

Key Factors to Building Green Buildings

Key Factors to Building Green Buildings

Developers looking to acquire LEED certification must earn enough points across multiple categories to obtain one of the four LEED rating systems: certified, silver, gold, or platinum. Developers select a target rating and begin construction according to its requirements. This process seeks to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that support public health and our environment.

LEED Certification Benefits

Besides the important work done towards reducing your business’s environmental impact, LEED certification shows customers that you value sustainability. LEED-certified buildings also incorporate state-of-the-art architecture and appliances, boosting your building’s aesthetic appeal and practical efficiency. Furthermore, because LEED-certified buildings consume less resources, you spend less money on electricity use and climate control.

The explosion of sustainable building practices has also increased the amount of trained workers willing to do them. Green jobs are in demand, and LEED-certified buildings both increase your ability to recruit and retain new talent and to join a global network of sustainability advocates.

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USGBC has assembled a series of LEED certification guides to help walk you through the process of choosing the right LEED certification target for your project. These guides also outline some best practices to follow to achieve each certification level.

Working with NADCO

NADCO is a LEED silver–certified company specializing in tape and label manufacturing. To gain our certification, we optimized our environmental efficiency in areas including:

  • Finding sustainable sites
  • Improving water efficiency
  • Limiting our energy and atmospheric emissions
  • Consuming less materials and resources
  • Maintaining efficient indoor environmental quality
  • Making sustainability a regional priority
  • Committing to keep innovating environmentally friendly solutions

Our green facilities help our communities reduce energy use, save water, generate less waste, and support human health. We design all our products using environmentally friendly processes, and we work to make them as biodegradable as possible.

Stick with NADCO For More Green Tape

NADCO is a one-stop solutions provider for all your tape and label manufacturing needs. We also print and die cut adhesive tape and label products for advertising demands, system requirements, industrial applications, and recreational needs. These benefits, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment, allow us to provide customizable adhesive solutions manufactured to the highest quality standards.

At NADCO, we value our ability to provide quality adhesive solutions in the most environmentally efficient manner possible. If you can imagine it, NADCO will make it stick. Contact our team to request a free quote today.

3 Major Benefits of sticking with a Full-Service Adhesives Manufacturer

The process of manufacturing custom adhesives, such as tapes and labels, usually consists of several carefully planned operations. Graphic designs, printing, die cutting, and prototyping may all be activities that need to be coordinated for the successful design of an adhesive product.

Unfortunately, conventional tape and label design have traditionally involved using several players to meet the varying needs of an already complicated process. This has the potential to throw off the project schedule, which can ultimately cascade into compounding delays and budget creep. Additionally, the involvement of these middlemen can also result in inconsistent quality and other issues as the product moves from one hand to another.

To mitigate the occurrence of these problems, companies are now turning to full-service adhesive manufacturers to handle all tape and label making needs in one location. Listed below are some of the primary benefits of working with one-stop adhesive manufacturers.

Reduced Lead-Times

The more stakeholders involved in an adhesive manufacturing project, the more inefficient the process becomes. Inefficient processes with too many parties inevitably result in increased lead times. Each additional entity involved in the manufacturing process creates multiple new lines of communication. Furthermore, delays from one player in the supply chain can have a domino effect, resulting in additional delays.

Working with a full-service provider not only reduces the number of lines of communication, but it also streamlines the manufacturing process by reducing the amount of touches involved in the manufacture of the adhesive product.

Enhanced Custom Capabilities

Enhanced Custom

Full-service adhesive manufacturers have better in-house communication, resulting in more enhanced customization capabilities. Multiple lines of communication caused by the involvement of additional persons and companies can impede effective overall communication strategies and lead to loss of essential customization information. Additionally, the more parties involved, the slower the rate of communication, and the more difficult it is to effect design changes to the product.

Consistency of Service and Quality

Another significant issue with multi-vendor outsourcing in the manufacture of adhesive products is quality and consistency. Different manufacturers follow different quality standards and, as such, do not produce the same quality of work.

Conversely, full-service adhesive manufacturers handle all production processes from concept to completion. This gives them the ability to follow a single quality standard and allows for better oversight and implementation of those standards on the final product.

The NADCO Difference

NADCO is a one-stop solutions provider for all your tape and label manufacturing needs. Our broad range of services—from graphic designing, digital printing, die cutting, prototyping, and more—helps to simplify our client’s supply chain and streamlines the entire manufacturing process. These benefits, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment, allow us to provide highly customizable adhesive solutions manufactured to the highest-quality – all with relatively short lead times.

Identifying the best adhesives manufacturer for your application can help reduce costs, save time, and optimize the effectiveness of your tapes and labels.

Contact us here or give us a call at 800-839-9018 to learn more about how the experts at NADCO can provide you with end-to-end adhesive, tape, and label solutions.

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Read more about these full-service manufacturer benefits and more in our newest eBook, 5 Reasons to Stick with a Full-Service Adhesives Manufacturer, and see how you can save time and money by bringing everything under one roof.

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Are you Choosing the Right Adhesive Materials for Your Application?

Adhesive materials vary across different industries and applications. When you’re deciding on the right one to deliver optimal performance, you must think about numerous factors, such as contamination due to UV rays, moisture and water, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and vibrations. Here are a few ways to narrow down the options.

Make a Checklist

Potential manufacturers will ask a few questions about your adhesive needs. Compose a checklist ahead of time to ensure you’re correctly servicing the application. A few questions to prepare include:

  • What materials do you want to bond?
  • What types of stress will be exerted on the adhesive?
  • What environmental resistance is necessary?
  • What are the dimensions of the bonding area?
  • What is the end use application of the product?
  • Must it meet any reliability or quality requirements?
  • What is the surface type of the material to which it’s being bonded?

Evaluate Different Materials

Evaluate Different Materials

Various material solutions present unique characteristics and benefits for each application. Evaluate each of these and examine how they suit your needs. Some material examples include foam tapes, foil tapes, and paper tapes.

Foam Tapes
Foam tapes often include an acrylic, rubber based, or non-adhesive backing and can have an extra aluminum layer to maximize protection. Material options include polyethylene (polyfoam) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They are ideal for any application involving irregular and textured surfaces, gasketing and sound dampening.

Foil Tapes
Foil tapes are common for projects that demand sustained durability and resistance to the environment due to their high malleability and ability to adapt to irregular and uneven surfaces. Their versatile strength performs well in any application involving steaming, masking, and sealing.

Paper Tapes
Paper tapes are utilized for a range of industrial needs and possess numerous options such as printability, hand tear ability and removability. Paper tape is most commonly used in painting, packaging, mounting, and wound dressing and advertising.

Consult the Professionals

Ask an industry expert before deciding which adhesive is right for your application. An adhesive manufacturer with proven experience and expertise in cutting and converting tapes and labels will provide the best solution for your needs.

By consulting the correct industry leaders, you will increase your project’s efficiency. The process will run faster with an accelerated turnaround and have a reduced cost in a one-stop shop.

Follow the Steps

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll select an adhesive and design team that will perfectly suit your needs.

Contact our experts or call 800-839-9018 to learn more about how we can help you choose the optimal adhesive for an application.

To read more about these steps and recommendations for choosing the optimal adhesive for your applications, download your free copy of our ebook How to Choose the Right Adhesive Tape for your Application. Inside you’ll read in more detail…

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  • Important questions to consider
  • Building your checklist
  • Evaluating different materials
  • Consulting industry professionals
  • …and more

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Hot or Cold Foil? – That is the Question.

With the variety of manufacturing options available to add eye catching effects, one of the most talked about is the difference between hot foil and cold foil.

Cold Foil

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During the cold foil process, a UV-curable adhesive is printed on the substrate in the shape of the design that is to be foiled. The foil is then pressed onto the material and is stripped away where no adhesive was printed. After a quick run under the UV light, the product is finished.

Cold foil runs fast on press and precise registration is able to be achieved. It is available in a wide variety of patterns and colors, and no tooling is required for the process. Cold foil can be overprinted easily and may be utilized on heat sensitive materials. Cold foil is not a replacement for hot stamp, but rather another option for foiling on a package.

Hot Foil

hotWith hot foil stamping, a die of the design to be foiled is mounted above the substrate and is then heated. The hot stamp foil, a metalized PET film with a heat activated adhesive, runs between the die and substrate. When pressure is applied from the die onto the material, the foil is fixed to the substrate’s surface. Because pressure is a main ingredient to hot foiling, the foil has dimension and a distinct feel.

Hot stamp foil delivers a luxuriously rich, raised look. Very fine lines and text can be incorporated into packaging designs, in many different colors and patterns. Hot stamp foil does not require a print station and may be used in conjunction with porous and
uncoated materials.

HOT FOILING

Better quality, brighter.
Hot foiling can be combined with embossing and stamping
to produce a tactile effect. Cold foiling can’t.

You don’t need an ultra-clean environment to hot foil; you do to cold foil.
You don’t experience problems with UV lamps which can be common during cold foiling.

COLD FOILING

Significantly cheaper. Adequate where very high quality isn’t a concern.
In-line foiling means it can be completed after or in between printing processes.
Much quicker process than hot foiling.

Cold foiling also has the appeal of being generally cheaper than hot foiling
which is why we offer both techniques.

Social Responsibility by Charitable Donations

Social responsibility is the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. A charitable donation is a gift made by an individual or an organization to a nonprofit organization, charity or private foundation.

Nadco’s social responsibility is very well known in our local community. We regularlylarry.jpg donate our time, products, and services for good causes Usually we don’t hear about how the donated product affected the end user but occasionally we do. Case in point – we were tasked with creating a banner for a Make-A-Wish child on a very short timeline (1 day). The team worked quickly to not only design the banner from scratch but also got it printed and delivered on time.

The client sent the following: “Our wish party for Larry on Sunday was so much fun! He absolutely LOVED the banner! He just kept looking at it and smiling. He told us he’s going to hang it in his room. I hope you know how special you made his day with your generosity. He leaves for his Disney Wish tomorrow, and he is beyond excited!
~ Thank you again!”

Reading a comment like that makes it all worthwhile.

Stand Back – Blast Tape In Use

 

BT-100, better known as Blast tape, doesn’t explode but rather the blast refers to media blasting of surfaces – some call it paint stripping. BT-100 prevents small particles of blast media and other foreign debris from infiltrating and damaging sensitive surfaces, components and control systems and protects areas you don’t want blasted.

BT100Blast tape has an acrylic adhesive that provides instant adhesion to clean / dry surfaces with little to no hot glue required on edges to prevent media intrusion and clean removal after blasting. Remains flexible and resists cracking and lifting and easily conforms to irregular / curved surfaces. Uniform thickness allows maximum blast times. BT-100 tears easily by hand and can also be cut by knife for precise fit.

The next time you need to media blast something, contact us for a roll or three and get protected.

The Origins Of Tape

SCOTCH TAPE.jpgDid you know that the discovery of adhesive tape originated from tree sap? While the first use of tape didn’t appear until 1845, the adhesive substance that is commonly found in many tapes today dates back all the way to 4000 B.C where pots were made with the substance derived from tree sap.

However, it wasn’t until 1925 when the first official tape was invented by a man named Richard Drew. After overhearing several mechanics complaining about the tape they used, Richard experimented for over two years with adhesives and finally created the tape that we know today as “Scotch” tape. As for the reason it was called “Scotch” tape was because back in those days, “scotch” was slang for cheap. Many of the mechanics that Richard had contacted thought that he was very scotch with his tape and so Richard made a bold statement by naming it “Scotch” Tape.

This Month’s Featured Industry- Construction

There is one inevitable activity that occurs every summer. No it’s not the annual vacation or family reunion but rather it is construction. Construction is one of the pioneer industries in the world, constantly improving upon infrastructure to make the world a better place.

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As much as construction can hinder our daily commutes & activities, the roads wouldn’t be as safe as they are without the technological advances in the construction industry. The world we live in today is influenced by construction. Many of the materials that we provide at NADCO ® can be seen throughout the world at various construction sites; from small to large-scale construction whether it’s simple construction on the street or a skyscraper.

Let’s Talk Prototyping!

The word prototype derives from the Greek – protos, “first” and typos, “impression”. A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from. A prototype is generally used to evaluate a new design or idea. Prototyping serves to provide specifications for a real, working piece rather than a theoretical one. In some design workflow models, creating a prototype (a process sometimes called materialization) is the step between the formalization and the evaluation of an idea.

Many people have contacted Nadco to prototype their idea. During the initial contact, questions are asked such as – Will it be used outdoors, in high heat, extreme cold, or wet environments? What material should be used? What size? The size question usually will dictate how your prototype will be created. Many prototypes were cut to size and shape with a laser, other pieces were created with dies we already have in stock. Using the laser, we can create any unusual shape like an octopus for instance.

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After the material is selected and art provided, or we create it, the prototype is made and sent out. The customer inspects and evaluates the piece. Is the size too big, too small? Is the material too thick, too thin? Quite often the initial questions make the prototyping process much quicker as the piece is usually right on the mark with only minor tweaks needed. The prototype is now refined and ready for actual production. It’s time to put the piece out there and see what kind of “first impression” it makes.