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Fall in Love with Aphrodite's

03/29/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Aphrodite's

Aphrodite's

Aphrodite’s was launched in 2015 by Aphrodite Fingal-Rock Innes and William Powell, both natives of Monmouth, South Wales. Aphrodite’s love of food began at a very young age, she was constantly surrounded by it in her family’s deli. As a chef, she is especially inspired by the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. William left his job as a carpenter to apply his design skills and passion for good food to work in the food industry. Their attention to detail is evident in both their product development and label design.

Aphrodite's

Aphrodite's

Aphrodite and William worked with London-based, Midday Studio to create the perfect label design for their brand. Inspiration was taken from the company name and flavor and focuses on Greek mythology. The label is linen white with a woodblock illustration depicting one of the stories about Aphrodite. The logo is an open, outlined capital “A” that simultaneously looks classic and modern. It is stamped in a gold foil, creating contrast with the neutral background. Below, the product name is stamped in a more classic font. The label design also utilizes a tamper label, printed in a deep blue with white text that highlights the company wordmark. The deep blue complements the richness of the gold stamp. The combination of matte, textured paper, detailed illustration, gold stamp and separate tamper evident labels gives this product line a high-end, specialty look.

Aphrodite's

Aphrodite's

Are you looking for a material to suit your high-end label design? Request a sample packet today!

Eye-Catching Decorative Options: Specialty Coatings

03/27/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Prismatic Effect

Prismatic Effect

Dion Label Printing offers a variety of specialty coatings, ranging from outdoor laminations to the more decorative prismatic effect. The prismatic effect is essentially a holographic finish that can be used as an integrated part of your artwork, as seen in the Mila label above. The colors in the coating will shift as your vantage point and light source shift. The prismatic effect can be used as an all-over coating or in select areas to enhance parts of your artwork. Markets that would benefit from this effect include wine & spirits, health & beauty, and candles.

Prismatic Effect

Prismatic Effect

Additionally, the prismatic effect be used as a security feature to prevent counterfeiting. This is especially helpful in the ski and recreation industry to avoid fraudulent ticket use.

Contact us for a sample packet today and see for yourself!

FYI: Benefits of Short Run Digital Printing

03/24/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 1)

Digital Press

Benefits of Short Run Printing

There are benefits to running your label project in digital and/or flexographic printing environments depending on your project needs. Here we will discuss some of the pros of printing your label project digitally.

  1. Environmental: With short run printing, there is less raw material and energy waste which benefits the environment. There will also be minimum excess labels to dispose of.

  2. Costs: Digital printing will save you the cost of purchasing plates, a large savings if you have multiple varieties of one label. You can also avoid purchasing in bulk. Labels could sit on the shelves and become obsolete in design or ingredient information before use.

  3. Decoration: Short run digital printing provides many graphic decorative opportunities for on-the-fly orders. Digital printing effects and material can give the same artwork completely different looks, depending on what you are going for. This is beneficial if your product is sold seasonally; candles for example.

  4. Lead Time: There is a quicker turnaround time for short run printing jobs as the set up time is reduced and plates do not need to be made.

  5. Variable Data: Short run digital printing allows for maximum flexibility when it comes to label projects that require text, data, number, or micro-text changes with each run.

Do you have a label project you need quoted? Contact us today to speak to a sales representative!

NEM Spring 2017: That's a Wrap!

03/22/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

NEM Spring 2017

Dion Label's Booth at NEM Spring 2017

The 2017 New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Spring Tradeshow was a success! With over 350 vendors exhibiting and over 2,500 buyers attending, it made for an exciting show. We were able to meet with many local vendors throughout this three day event in Portland, Maine. Industries featured included health & beauty, specialty food, candles, cleaning products, and many more! Dion Label’s digital printing capabilities are ideal for shorter runs with multiple product lines while our flexographic printing capabilities are geared toward larger volume runs. Our extensive experience in both printing environments make us a great partner for emerging and established brands alike.

Dion Label would like to thank Giraffe Events and the NEM staff for a great weekend here in Portland! We are looking forward to our 5th year in a row in 2018!

Dion Label Printing is a Part 11 and Annex 11 Compliant Printer

03/20/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Press Release

Dion Label Printing is proud to be registered with the FDA and compliant with both FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and EU Annex 11.

Part 11 was established in 1997 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate security of electronic records. The law was established for pharmaceutical, medical, and similar FDA-regulated biotech companies. As a label printer for those industries, Dion Label Printing was required to complete the process to be a compliant printer and provide guaranteed secure printing. 

EU Annex 11 was established in 1992 through the European Union and details the steps needed to maintain Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in relation to electronic records and systems. GMP helps maintain quality control over items produced to confirm quality is maintained. The law ties directly into Part 11 as quality and compliance is especially necessary in pharmaceutical and medical companies. 

Dion Label Printing understands the importance of maintaining compliance as it is mandatory for some of our FDA-regulated customers. As a printer, Dion understands it is now our responsibility to maintain compliance with Part 11 and GMP to meet the needs of our customers as they grow into larger markets. 

Co-owner John Dion commented, "As the FDA ramps up enforcement under 21 CFR Part 11, our compliance (and also with EU Annex 11) will provide select customers greater confidence in computer software, system and records security at Dion Label as required under the rules. Although the process is initially time-consuming, maintenance of our status will have minimal effect on the cost of product manufactured accordingly."

Dion Label Printing is a digital and flexographic label printer located in Westfield, MA. Dion prints labels, shrink sleeves, pouches and specialty medical products for multiple industries. Dion Label Printing is a leader in the packaging industry with two HP Indigo presses, five flexographic presses, shrink sleeve equipment, sustainable practices and print options as well as finishing options including hot stamping, cold foil, embossing, and specialty coatings.  

For Immediate Release 

Editorial Contact: Ashley Obara 

Marketing Manager 

Dion Label Printing 

aobara@dionlabel.com 800.583.6366   413.568.3713 x 137 

Dion Label Exhibiting at the New England Made Spring Tradeshow

03/17/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

New England Made Spring Tradeshow

NEM Tradeshow 2017

We are happy to announce that we will be exhibiting for the 4th year in a row at the New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Spring Tradeshow taking place in Portland, Maine this upcoming weekend. You will be able to find us at booth #733 from March 18th - 20th.

The New England Made Spring Tradeshow is a wholesale buyer show that features only New England made products. Produced by Giraffe Events since 2002, the NEM tradeshow continues to “provide an opportunity for a significant source of revenue and networking for participants,” which in turn encourages economic development and small business.

If you will be in the area, stop by booth #733 and say hi! For more information or a free sample packet before the show, contact us today!

Textured Decorative Options: Embossing

03/15/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Embossing

Embossing

Embossing is the process in which a tool or die is placed onto the label material using high pressure to create a raised portion of the label. Debossing is the opposite and would create a depressions in the material. Embossing offers a world of decorative possibilities for your label. Simply using different label materials will create different stylistic effects. Additionally, you can choose to emboss your logo, parts of your artwork, or even create a background pattern.

Embossing can create a premium or luxury look and is especially popular in wine & spirits label design and health & beauty label design. This decorative option is just another way to create a customized look for your product.

Are you interested in having your embossed label project quoted? Contact us today and a sales representative will be glad to help!

Cobbler Mountain Cider Celebrates Nature

03/13/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cobbler Mountain Ciders’ label design was inspired by the mountain for which it is named. Jeff and Laura McCarthy, the owners of the Cobbler Mountain family farm, wanted to preserve their grandfather’s love of creatures and exploring while updating their labels.

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Pig Iron, a branding and design agency based out Manassas, Virginia, took on Cobbler Mountain Cider’s project. They focused on Laura and Jeff’s love for their land and, “tried to incorporate that passion into the packaging while emphasizing the ingredients with customer illustrations and vibrant colors throughout.” Each variety features a large red apple used as a frame for Cobbler Mountain Cider wordmark and variety name, placed front and center on the label. The majority of the text uses handwritten-style fonts, adding to the whimsical nature of the label. The Mountain Top Hop follows a green color scheme and features illustrations of hops and caterpillars. The Kickin’ Cinnamon follows a red color scheme and features illustrations of ladybugs and sticks of cinnamon. The Original Honey follows a muted gold color scheme and features illustrations of clover flowers and honey bees. The result is a cohesive brand design that celebrates nature, a family run and owned farm, and campfire stories.

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Cobbler Mountain Cider

Dion Label Printing has extensive experience in the Wine, Beer & Spirits industry. Contact us to quote your project today!

Cobbler Mountain Ciders’ label design was inspired by the mountain for which it is named. Jeff and Laura McCarthy, the owners of the Cobbler Mountain family farm, wanted to preserve their grandfather’s love of creatures and exploring while updating their labels. 
Pig Iron, a branding and design agency based out Manassas, Virginia, took on Cobbler Mountain Cider’s project. They focused on Laura and Jeff’s love for their land and, “tried to incorporate that passion into the packaging while emphasizing the ingredients with customer illustrations and vibrant colors throughout.” Each variety features a large red apple used as a frame for Cobbler Mountain Cider wordmark and variety name, placed front and center on the label. The majority of the text uses handwritten-style fonts, adding to the whimsical nature of the label. The Mountain Top Hop follows a green color scheme and features illustrations of hops and caterpillars. The Kickin’ Cinnamon follows a red color scheme and features illustrations of ladybugs and sticks of cinnamon. The Original Honey follows a muted gold color scheme and features illustrations of clover flowers and honey bees. The result is a cohesive brand design that celebrates nature, a family run and owned farm, and campfire stories. 
Dion Label Printing has extensive experience in the Wine, Beer & Spirits industry. Contact us to quote your project today!

Eye-Catching Decorative Options: Hot Stamping

03/09/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 0)

Dion Naturals - Hot Stamping

Dion Naturals - Hot Stamping

Hot stamping is a process in which foil is transferred to a material surface by a hot stamping die. The die is heated then sandwiches the foil into the material. This relatively simple process adds a decorative aspect to your label and can be incorporated into your label design as it has a sharp, crisp appearance. Hot stamping will create a slightly raised surface and depending on your varnish, a matte or gloss metallic finish. It can be applied to both smooth and textured materials, making it a highly versatile decorative option in the label printing world. In addition to using hot stamping as a decorative finish to create a high-end, luxury look, it can also be used as a security or anti-counterfeiting measure.

In house, we carry a variety of hot stamping colors including gold and silver foil. If you project requires a more specific color, you our team can assist picking out the perfect hot stamp foil.

You can find hot stamping on:

  • Craft Beer Labels
  • Wine Labels
  • Spirits Labels
  • Food Labels
  • Health and Beauty Labels
  • Candle Labels

Are you interested in seeing some samples of hot stamping? Request a sample packet today!

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Label Project

03/06/2017 by Amelia Stasky (comments: 1)

Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Label Project

Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your First Label Project

Starting your first label project can be an overwhelming experience, especially when a seemingly small mistake can be costly. Here are a few of the most common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Material Selection: Material selection is important because it is the base of your design, and can make or break the look you are going for. For example, if you are designing a label for a high-end spirit, a standard paper may not portray a high end look, while a thicker, textured material will.

  2. Material Testing: Material testing is one of the most important steps in the label buying process. This ensures that your material will adhere to your container properly. (Please purchase your container BEFORE you begin this process). The material you test should have the proper adhesive and finish for your application. Temperature change, moisture, and exposure to the sun can affect the effectiveness of your label.

  3. Product Regulations: Many industries (pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetic, food & beverage, wine, beer, spirits) have labeling regulations. Doing your research will help you avoid having to reprint labels or dealing with legal repercussions.

  4. Label Size & Shape: Measure your container, have someone else check it, then measure it again. Your label should fit comfortably on the container with no overlapping or puckering. If your container is an odd shape or tapers, we recommend sending a bottle sample to us for our team to review and advise on sizing.

  5. Brand Consistency: From the beginning it is important to establish your brand’s look, including labels and packaging, and stick to it. Maintaining brand consistency will help to build a relationship and trust with your customers, they will recognize your labels and know how to find your product.  This includes your logo, brand colors, tag line, etc. Splurging on an experienced graphic designer in the beginning will save you money in the long run.

Do you have questions on how to get started? Contact us to speak to a representative today!