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CBD label requirements: Fundamental guidelines and 7 in-depth resources

Oct 02, 2020 01:56 PM

The fast-growing CBD market — projected to reach an astonishing $20 billion in the U.S. by 2024 — poses an exciting growth outlook for business owners.

However, specific and clear universal CBD labeling requirements haven’t caught up to this enormous segment growth.

This lack of clarity does create a challenge for brand owners, as diligence is needed to meet evolving requirements on the state and federal levels (and avoid costly lawsuits or violations). But it also creates an opportunity for brands to establish themselves as a trustworthy, knowledgeable producer in a crowded market.

This article is not meant to be a replacement for a thorough reading and understanding of state regulations and FDA guidelines. Rather, this is a great starting point for brand owners to:

  • Familiarize themselves with the general regulations.
  • Understand how requirements can differ; a CBD supplement label for a product sold in Indiana will have different requirements than a CBD edible brownie sold in Oregon.
  • Access state, federal and industry resources for learning more about requirements.

A clear and compliant CBD label is achievable for your product — let’s start laying your foundation.


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Your label plays an important role in driving sales on the shelf (or web page)

Sep 21, 2020 11:31 AM


Having a great product is important, but it’s only half of the equation. You only have 2-7 seconds to make a first impression, so it’s vitally important that your package is equipped with what it needs to quickly make an impact. 

Whether sold online or in a brick-and-mortar, the right label shares product information, sparks brand recognition, draws in the correct people and stands out from its competitors.  

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6 opportunities for brands using digital printing

Jul 15, 2020 08:30 AM


Digital label printing is a huge opportunity for your brand and, to take it a step further, your entire company. And now is the time to seriously consider how you could leverage it to the fullest extent.

To be clear, we’re not claiming digital is a replacement for flexo. Conventional flexographic label printing is far from obsolete — in many cases, and for many applications, flexo is by far the better choice due to speed and cost considerations.

But there are some very compelling reasons for you to look into digital technology for at least some of your labeling needs, and they all come back to four distinctive features of digital label presses:

  1. Virtually no press setup is required, and small run sizes are possible
  2. Pre-press tolerances for imagery and text aren’t as demanding
  3. Label-by-label variation is possible
  4. No plates are needed
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How cannabis brands can take their product labels to the next level

Jun 24, 2020 08:26 AM


The cannabis industry has exploded in recent years and, like any new industry, is experiencing growing pains along the way. The initial excitement of legalization led to a mix of chaos and potential as industry members navigated new legal requirements along with the reality of getting businesses off the ground.

As the dust settles, many of our cannabis clients are enjoying success and asking us, “What can I do next to improve my position in the industry from a labeling perspective?”

While answers vary from client to client, we’ve come up with a few universal trends:


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Double-sided labels might be the perfect way to differentiate luxury products

Feb 18, 2020 12:17 PM

When designing their product packaging, brands need to weigh two competing imperatives:

  1. Keep packaging costs down to maximize profit
  2. Differentiate their product to increase sales

These goals are inherently at odds and, for lower-margin products, the former nearly always wins out. But for luxury products, great care needs to be put into prioritizing the latter.

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Preventing TTB compliance problems for your distilled spirits label

Nov 01, 2019 09:00 AM
Whiskey bottles on a shelf

Each year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) purchases hundreds of bottles of distilled spirits. The bottles, which are chosen at random, are then evaluated for compliance with the TTB’s labeling regulations. This annual test is called the Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program (ABSP).

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Topics: Digital Labels, Distillery, Flexo Labels, Liquor, Spirits

Troubleshooting cold-weather labeling problems during storage and shipping

Oct 17, 2019 09:00 AM

Winter weather impacts both our personal and professional lives — frozen water pipes, school closures, icy streets. And if you live in an area where freezing temperatures are the norm, you can add labeling problems to that list. Labels that apply and perform perfectly during summer months will fail when the temperature drops if you don’t take the proper precautions.

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Topics: Dietary Supplement Labels, Digital Labels, Environmental Sustainability, Flexo Labels, Food & Beverage Labels, Health & Beauty Labels, Ice Breaker, Liquor, Miscellaneous Labels, Nutraceutical Labels, Spirits, Vitamin Labels, Wine

Should you use imported glass bottles?

Sep 16, 2019 09:00 AM
In the end, the consumer will decide.

You’ve poured your heart and soul into crafting the perfect wine or spirit, and now it’s time to choose the perfect bottle and label to match. You’ve probably already considered the color, shape, style and size of your packaging — but which bottle supplier should you use?  

Cost will be the deciding factor for most wineries and distilleries. Customers want high-quality products at a low price, and packaging seems like a natural place to reduce costs. But cheap packaging materials can come with hidden costs of their own.  

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Topics: Environmental Sustainability, How To, Spirits, Technology, Wine

How to prevent and fix problems with squeezable tube labels

Jun 20, 2019 07:30 AM
How to fix tube label application problems

This previously published article was updated on June 20, 2019. 

Tube labels come with a variety of application and performance challenges, beyond those of “regular” labels. Think about the types of products that come in tube containers — lip balms, shampoos, body lotions, ketchups, sunblock. All of these products are held, squeezed and, inevitably, the product seeps onto the label.

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Topics: Digital Labels, Flexo Labels, How To, Miscellaneous Labels

A technical discussion of label adhesive properties

Jun 19, 2019 02:03 PM

Pressure-sensitive adhesives are far from one-size-fits-all. Some adhesives are engineered to have good holding power at arctic temperatures. Some stick permanently, and some can be removed easily by the customer. Yet others are designed to help labels stay snug around tight-radius containers.

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Topics: Digital Labels, Technology

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