We continue to see an influx of boutique and specialty brands in cooking stores, gourmet food shops and even supermarkets. This growth is being supported by independent commercial kitchens that contract manufacture and package goods on behalf of multiple brands as well as culinary incubators, which serve as a gateway for food entrepreneurs to get their goods to market without having to make significant capital investments.
Commercial kitchens and culinary incubators are classic examples of high mix, low volume environments. On any given day, several different brands and product types can be produced. Add seasonality, flavor variation and different package sizes to the mix, and the number of SKU’s going out the door every day can skyrocket pretty quickly.
You can imagine the headache this type of variability can cause when it comes to labeling finished goods. The good news is that there’s a remedy: on demand color label printing. These solutions enhance operational efficiency by eliminating long lead times, high inventories of pre-printed labels and waste. Instead, labels are printed on demand from blank stock, offering a high degree of flexibility in terms of branding and volume requirements.
On demand color labeling also means that brands can be assured their goods will go out when they’re supposed to – which often means daily. If pre-printed label stock is depleted, chances are good product won’t be able to be produced since there is no way to instantly acquire more labels.
Epson’s ColorWorks family of on demand color printers produce vibrant, full color labels with crisp graphics and clear images, accommodate a variety of label widths and sizes and operate at a range of speeds. Learn more about how they can help reduce total label costs by up to 50%, create a competitive advantage and reduce risk commercial kitchens and culinary incubators here.