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Bakeries and food manufacturers discover cost-efficient alternative to expensive label sheets

At the Bakery Showcase last weekend in Toronto, Durafast Labels and Epson America were excited to hear feedback from bakers and business owners about their labeling needs. A common complaint we fielded from companies currently using costly label sheets was that they were experiencing issues with supply, efficiency and quality. 

Many bakeries purchase labels from a local office supply store for their short run label needs. Problems arise when the labels meet moisture or refrigeration, two common elements of food production facilities. Even a small amount of moisture could cause label colors to bleed or run, resulting in a poor customer perception of their product. When labeled goods were stored in a freezer, the adhesive would fail, resulting in mis-positioned labels or often no labels at all. This forces a restart of the labeling process, wasting time, resources and effort.

When these events take place on a daily basis, it can seriously affect the margins of a small to medium sized business. Bakers and owners were excited to hear about a solution to their problem in the form of the Epson TM-C3500 color label printer. This labeling solution is capable of printing on demand, with very little initial investment. 

The Epson TM-C3500 color label printer provides the producer with more labeling options which are water and cold resistant. The TM-C3500 has several different label substrates such as synthetic labels, chemical labels, matte polypropylene as well as the perennial favorite high-gloss paper, which results in an extremely positive customer perception.

The Epson TM-C3500 allows for the printing of color logos, pictures, ingredients, nutritional facts and barcodes, all seamlessly integrated onto a single label. Many bakery and food service professionals also complained of the headache of adding expiration dates to their products. The Epson TM-C3500 allows for a PDF version of each label design with blank input fields, making it easier than ever to add the lot number and expiration date to the product. These advancements can greatly streamline the labeling process, resulting in less labeling time and more satisfied staff. 

The Epson TM-C3500 is capable of printing labels up to four inches wide at a rate of four inches per second. This inkjet printer also features a banding reduction mode and a nozzle check system, helping users to prevent some of the most common problems of commercial label sheet production.

If your organization was unable to make it to the Bakery Showcase and are interested in upgrading the efficiency of your company’s labeling practices, Durafast Label would be pleased to see how we can help meet your needs. Simply send DuraFast a sample of your current label design, and we will print samples on the Epson label printers and return them so that you can see the print quality firsthand!

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