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Labels For Foodservice Operators

If your a restaurant, catering professional, or deli who uses to-go containers to package your dishes, you have a wonderful marketing tool at your fingertips.

Create a lasting impression with your customers even after the parties over. To-go container labels are a great way to do just that.  Sending your products home with your logo, brand identity, and reorder information keeps your company top-of-mind and boosts your business.

ImageTek Labels will print to go and catering container labels in any custom shape and size your catering box or packaging requires.

Using UV cred, digital inks means you won’t pay extra for full-color labels and your colors won’t run or fade if they come in contact with high temperatures, freezing cold storage conditions, and minor spills.

Manufactured in single rolls or printed in kits for multiple label containers, ImageTek Labels can transform your food packaging containers into a necessary marketing tool that will support your business.

New Labeling Regulations For Delis And Restaurants

The Food and Drug Administration regulates deli labels in the US, and provides supporting documents for producers looking to offer deli made food products. The document is titled Guidance for Industry: A Labeling Guide for Restaurants and Other Retail Establishments Selling Away-From-Home-Foods and can be found on the FDA’s website.

According to these regulations, many restaurants and delis need to provide information about their food products on menus and pre packages products. Foods that will require nutrition and calorie labeling are:

  • Foods offered at at sit-down restaurants and drive-through windows
  • Self-serve food at a salad bar or hot-food bar
  • Pre-packaged food at a grocery store
  • Baked goods like muffins and pastries at delis, bakeries and coffee shops

If you’re a deli shop owner who displays self-service food such as sandwiches, salads, bagels, donuts, and similar, those products will need to contain labels or signs adjacent to each food product or provided at the counter at the request of the customer.

However, not all restaurants and similar food venues will need to provide nutrition and calorie labeling. According to the FDA, this regulation is only for a “restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items.” Also, it is only for food product that will be consumed at the premises, or soon after leaving the venue.

Deli Product Labeling: Mandatory And Voluntary

Basic rules for mandatory deli labeling:

  • Products that you do need to label strictly adhering to new FDA regulations for restaurants are those products that you pre-portion, package and display on a self-service counter, such as sliced meat, cheese, sandwiches, soups, salads, etc.
  • If your store sells products that are not typically considered deli food, such as packaged ground or chopped products, they’ll need to conform to required nutrition labeling.

Deli foods not covered by the new restaurant regulations are:

  • Foods typically intended for more than one person, to take home
  • Foods that require additional preparation (pounds of deli meat, large deli salads, etc.)
  • Foods that are not standard items in the store (daily specials, custom orders, self-service food offered for less than 60 days per calendar year, etc.)

Choose Custom Printed Or Blank Deli Labels

You can chose between two types of labels for your deli products: custom printed labels and blank stickers that you can print or write on, in house and on demand. Labels and stickers can be custom die cut to any size or shape you require at no extra cost. In addition, these labels can be printed with your logo and other company information leaving blank space for you to print title, weight and use by dates.

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