A label (as distinct from a sign) is affixed to a container or product, on which is information or symbols about the product or item. Labels have been developed over time with increased technology to withstand more environments, products, and textures and to supply more pertinent information. [Read more…]
UPC Codes, also known as bar codes or UPC barcodes, are on everything we buy. They are a way to code everything and identify it with the store and find product information and pricing. Without these codes, purchasing items in a store would become very difficult.
- What are UPC barcodes?
Universal Product Codes are 12 or 14-digit number codes where each vertical bar represents a number. These numbers are then put into the computer and correspond with the item you wish to purchase. Therefore, each barcode is unique for every product and represented by scannable bars.
- How to UPC barcodes work?
The bars in each code represent a number and can be scanned. Once scanned, the 12 or 14-digit code is found in the stores online inventory and information on this item appears. For example, what the item is, what it does, how much it costs, etc. As a result, workers are easily able to see how much the item costs and ring you up with your purchase very quickly.
When designing labels, color, texture, size, and shape must be accounted for in the design. Well-designed labels distinguish a product on crowded shelves and helps brands stick in customers’ minds.
Tips for Label Design
In 2016, congress passed changes to the FDA nutrition label guidelines.
Sell by Date VS. Best Used by Date
The sell by date means the date the product should be sold by and removed from their shelves. Typically, the products still have one third of their life left after the sell-by date. The best used by date means the date the product should be consumed by for ideal quality. It can be used or eaten after this date, but may not be the best quality it can be. The FDA believes that is it best for companies to only put the “Best Used by Date” on their product and not “Sell By,” as this can be confusing. The “Best Used” deals with the expiration date, while the latter only deals with when it should be sold and out of the store. With this in mind, labels are going to be more focused on the “Best Used by Date.” [Read more…]
What is a food label?
A panel or chart on a package of food or product that contains all the information about the nutritional facts and ingredients of the food item. This can include serving size, number of calories, grams of fat, nutrients, and list of ingredients.