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Potential bottlenecks at printers ‘cause for concern’

Posted in Press Releases by Neil Churchill on 15:49 September 30th, 2014
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Potential bottlenecks at printers ‘cause for concern’ as Food labelling rules change from December 2014
CS Labels say act now, and use digital print to comply easily and cost effectively.

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Mutable variants with no origination costs ensures that all information is kept up to date.
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Food labels.

CS Labels MD Simon Smith.

Willenhall, West Midlands, 30th September 2014 – With the recent comment by GS1 that the ‘larger brands are making considerably more progress towards compliance of the new food labelling regulations1 than the smaller brands’, The prospect of possible bottlenecks at some printers toward the end of the year could soon be a very dire reality, according to CS Labels.

Labelling rules in European Directives 2003/89/EC and 2006/142/EC ensure that all consumers are given comprehensive ingredient listing information and make it easier for people with food allergies to identify ingredients they need to avoid. However, following implementation of the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011, allergen labelling rules will be changing in December 2014.

The transitional arrangements mean that most of the requirements do not apply until December 2014, with nutrition labelling becoming mandatory in 2016. Therefore, food businesses are running out of time to get used to the arrangements and make sure they comply with new labelling requirements as they come in.

The explosion of digital print is becoming a viable option for many companies, particularly where there are many or frequent changes required to the information presented on the label. Companies such as CS Labels specialise exclusively in digital label printing. This enables them to provide a very fast and efficient turnaround of work, initially due to the lack of printing plates required.  This means less stock holding for clients, and confidence in the fact that they can synchronise label changes or campaigns in a timely and efficient manner.

MD Simon Smith said: “CS are rather unique in the fact because as Europe’s largest digital Xeikon label house we are able to maximise production efficiency by spreading out the workload over four of our state of the art Xeikon digital presses. Each press is set up specifically to run a particular type of material. This leads to a typical turnaround between jobs lasting a mere 5 minutes.”

He continues “these changes can cause a real headache for the producers that are already thinking about them. We deal with clients in food that are both large and small, and those that are ahead of their game are also planning on how they can still brand their product effectively, yet display all of the information required, both now and in the future as the legislation, and their business, evolves.  Digital can be a real life-saver in many ways.”

And it can also be a legal life saver. It is the opinion of GS1’s CEO Gary Lynch that, “all suppliers of food and drink products make FIC compliance across all channels a priority, or risk not being able to sell their products legally after December 2014”.

To add extra help, CS Labels also specialises in peel and reveal, or peel and read labels and they have just invested in yet another piece of machinery to cope with demand. Peel and reveal can be a real option as you can print information on another layer of the label so still maintaining a striking brand and fascia. And if you choose digital you can also think about using the peel and reveal labels as an opportunity, as personalisation or variable data is a very easy option to add to the label.


For all press enquiries please contact Simon Smith, simonsmith@cslabels.co.uk
NB: (Alison Wileman is currently away until 4th October 2014, alison@alisonwileman.co.uk tel: 07981 300531)

About CS labels
CS Labels Ltd is an award winning true world class leader for digital self-adhesive labels and packaging. The largest digital label printer in Europe using Xeikon technology, CS labels works with organisations of all sizes from large global FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Chemical companies to SME’s and start-up niche businesses in Food and Drink. Family owned and run since 1976, CS Labels employs 38 people and is based in Willenhall, West Midlands, United Kingdom.


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1 Key Facts & Changes
● All meat products will have to show country of origin on labels
● Nutrition labelling will be required on all pre-packed food products on the back of pack, displaying information on energy, fat, saturates, carbohydrates and salt
● Information must be displayed on a minimum font size of 1.2mm for the height of an ‘x’, or 0.9mm where the pack’s surface area is less than 80cm
● Allergens are required to be highlighted in the ingredients list while information on allergens must also be given on non-packaged foods
The regulations in-depth
The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers considerably changes existing legislation on food labelling including:
● Nutrition information on processed foods;
● Origin labelling of fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
● Highlighting allergens e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients;
● Better legibility i.e. minimum size of text;
● Requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafés.

The new rules will apply from 13 December 2014. The obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016.
The new law combines 2 Directives into one legislation:
● 2000/13/EC - labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs;
● 90/496/EEC - nutrition labelling for foodstuffs
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