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Q and A about common issues with foodservice labels

Importance of foodservice labels Food safety and food quality are very important in the restaurant industry and using the proper foodservice labels can help. Just one unsavory meal can keep a customer from coming back. It is said that if a customer has one bad experience, they will tell ten friends. There are ways to ensure both safety and quality are at the highest level. Many questions remain as how to effectively maintain the two without overspending and wasting valuable time. When service and speed are important factors in keeping your customers coming back, you must be creative in utilization of time. Here are some common questions asked by people just like yourself and answers that may help you decide the best labeling system for your foodservice establishment. I like using labels but find that they start to peel off or dissolve when moved to and from various temperatures. Solution: You may have the wrong label adhesive. Check to see if you have moisture buildup during your labeling process. If this is the case, Dissolvable labels shouldn’t be used. Instead, try our Durax label. It is water and tear resistant and still retains removability. Plus, it is a lower cost option versus Dissolvable labels! If moisture isn’t an issue, FreshDate Dissolvable labels are specially designed to perform better in cold and warm environments and can be used on a variety of containers leaving no adhesive buildup. Freezer labels work well in cold temperatures on boxes or containers that will be discarded. I am having difficulties with residue build up on my containers. Solution: FreshDate offers several material solutions for adhesive buildup. Removable labels may be the answer for adhesive buildup as it removes safely from containers, even in cold and warm environments and is the lowest cost solution. Removable labels should not be used in a wet or moist environment. Another option you may want to consider is Durax labels, a removable label with a tear and water-resistant face sheet that also works well in cold and warm temperatures. You can remove the label cleanly even after it is immersed in water! The ultimate Durax label is residue free. Made of the highest quality, this label will disintegrate after 30 seconds of immersion in any temperature water – No removal necessary. How can I have a proper FIFO (First In, First Out) rotation system without spending so much time handwriting information? Solution: Using a Monarch Labeler can save your restaurant valuable time when marking multiple boxes and containers. Standard formats offer date and time as well as additional information like employee numbers and initials. A custom labeler can be created to meet the specific needs of your operation. Using a labeler also gives you an additional advantage of reducing illegible handwriting. A quick test: Place two sets of ten products side by side. Have the labeler loaded with the necessary labels. Have the hand-applied labels also ready for use. Do the following at the same time. Dial your labeler with the specific information and then label all ten items. At the same time, have another person handwrite the date on ten labels and apply the second set of items. Which is faster? You should find the labeler beats handwriting! I want to reduce my label cost but still use an effective labeling system. Solution: Using a square label instead of a circle label can save on cost. There is less waste when producing a square label allowing a lower price. Plus, you have more room to write the information. When selecting the type of label you need, look closely at your label requirements. You may be able to use a smaller lower cost label and get the same effect. For example, you may use a Monarch 1131 Day of the Week label, instead of a larger 1″ circle Day of the Week label. Need an expert with foodservice labels? Contact Bollin Label to discuss your label options. And, download our Foodservice & Custom Branding Label Solutions Catalog for more label ideas.

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