Fine Cut Blog Archive for 2012
Electric cars require clear labels, SAE claims
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has claimed that electric cars should come labelled with their voltage level, according to thegreencarwebsite.co.uk.
Need for food traceability set to be a boost for label industry
More demand for food traceability is set to provide a boost for the labels industry, reports labelsandlabeling.com.
Champagne company hopes to attract female consumers with snakeskin label
A champagne company has tailored its packaging in the hope of attracting a female audience, packagingeurope.com reports.
Own-labels maintain market popularity
Research reveals that cash-conscious consumers continue to favour supermarket own-label options over branded products, foodmanufacture.co.uk reports.
Sustainable packaging achieved by many firms
A number of major manufacturers have announced they are making considerable headway in their efforts towards sustainable packaging and reducing landfill waste, reports letsrecycle.com.
Limited edition Imperial Tobacco product to get the gold treatment
A new, limited edition tobacco blend from Imperial Tobacco will boast a gold hot foil marking on its packaging - with the aim of communicating the product's exclusivity.
Labels to help identify safe wheelchairs in new campaign
Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) is encouraging disabled people and their carers to "Look for the Label" in a new campaign that could help save the lives of disabled vehicle passengers.
EU labelling initiative heading to UK
A number of food labelling changes will allow shoppers to make more informed decisions at supermarket tills, according to foodingredientsfirst.com.
Formula 1 star challenges beers label ruling
Alcohol watchdog, Portman Group has ordered Jody Scheckter to withdraw his organic beer from shops, as it deemed the labelling 'appealing to children', thisishampshire.net writes.
No need to change warning labels, decides European Commission
The European Commission (EC) has decided that the current classification, packaging and labelling system for dangerous chemicals is satisfactory - for now.
EU tyre labels legislation comes into force
Consumers will be able to choose better performing tyres from today (1 November) following a new labelling directive from Europe, tyrepress.com reports.
MEP hails traffic light food label revamp
Glenis Willmott MEP is 'delighted' that the British government has recommended the use of 'traffic light' food labels.
Asda launches own-range wine collection
Asda is the latest supermarket to launch its own-range collection of wines, according to thedrinksbusiness.com.
Plain tobacco labels causing retailer confusion
New research has found that reverting from current tobacco labels to standardised packaging could cost retailers tens of millions of pounds, reports packagingnews.co.uk.
National Farmers Union encourages customers to highlight poor labelling
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched a campaign to make sure all food and drink labels measure up to industry standard, foodmanufacture.co.uk reports.
Sainsbury's chief backs calls for universal food labelling
Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King is calling on the food industry to move to a universal front of pack nutritional labelling system, reports packagingnews.co.uk.
Waitrose to re-launch its own label
It has been revealed today that Waitrose is re-launching its own label alcohol range.
Food labels easily 'fool' consumers
A new study has found that 'small portion' food labels fool people into eating more, netdoctor.co.uk reports.
French and US in rows over 'chateau' wine label
It was a victory for France yesterday (September 25) in the war of the wines, as the European Union ruled that the US wine companies aren't allowed to use the 'chateau' label on their bottles.
Tesco to ditch basic range label
Tesco has revealed that it is to ditch its 'basic' range in light of falling sales, thisismoney.co.uk reports.
Heinz to bring spice-lovers together using socially-driven product labels
Sauce and soup institution Heinz will bring spicy-food lovers together using socially-driven product labels in a new range of chili sauces.
Women who read food labels 'weigh less', suggests study
Reading food labels while doing grocery shopping has been linked to obesity prevention, especially in women.
150 businesses sign up to BRC recycling label scheme
A label scheme, which encourages consumers to recycle their food packaging, has signed up its 150th patron.
Wine seller uses 'cheeky' Prince Harry pictures on its bottles
Farah to engrave twins' names on gold medals
Olympic distance runner, Mo Farah has announced he will have the names of his new twins engraved on his gold medals.
Firm fined after misleading labelling
The importance of truthful custom labels on packaging has been highlighted after a substantial fine was handed to a firm who misled consumers on their packaging.
Tesco U-turn on traffic-light labelling
Tesco will introduce the popular traffic-light coding system to its food labels following a U-turn from marketing chiefs.
Supermarkets deny selling bottled tap water
Tesco and Asda have both been forced to deny rumours that they are selling tap water for 17p a bottle.
Packaging become useful item in marketers' toolbox
Marketers and designers could be making packaging their number one priority in the future, cites container-board.com.
Glass engraving exhibition to run in Stourbridge
A glass engraving exhibition is to be held in Stourbridge's Red House Glass Cone and will feature artefacts which are set to take pride of place in Downing Street, stourbridgenews.co.uk reports.
Drink pack design innovation influencing demand
Demand continues to rise for innovative, original pack design on canned and bottled beverages, reports packagingnews.co.uk.
Watch engraving celebrates 'The Dark Knight Rises' release
A new watch launched to coincide with the release of 'The Dark Knight Rises' has celebrated its association with the film via an engraving.
Drug warning labels need to be bolder, claims study
Prescription labels on medical packaging need to be a lot clearer as they are currently failing to 'attract patient's attention'.
WCRF calls for improved salt content info on food packaging
Improved traffic-light labels on food products could help reduce cases of stomach cancer, it has been claimed.
Marillion's Fish opens Galashiels square
A revamped town square in Galashiels which incorporates the lyrics of Marillion's biggest hit, 'Kayleigh' on its flagstones has been officially opened by the band front man, Fish.
Police encourage tradesmen to engrave tools
Engraving tools with business names or work postcodes helps make them more easily traceable, police have pointed out.
Unilever looking to reduce environmental impact
Consumer product firm Unilever is planning to improve their sustainability efforts via materials sourcing and encouraging new consumer behaviours in order to halve its environmental footprint, reports businessweek.com.
Allergen labelling to be more consistent across EU
Allergen information on food packs is set to gain consistency across the whole of Europe in order to make life easier for manufacturers and allergy sufferers.
Alcohol firms on track to meet labelling guidance target
Providing health information on 80 per cent of labels by the end of December 2013 is a target that alcohol firms are set to meet.
'Anti-Cheating Ring' on sale for £352
A company has launched a new kind of engraved wedding band, with a message that's somewhat different to the normal terms of endearment, dailymail.co.uk reports.
Engraved flag to be presented to Lithuanian Olympic squad
The Lithuanian Olympic squad will be presented with a unique flag featuring engraved names of its supporters shortly before jetting off to London.
Rugby fan uses Millennium Stadium engraving to propose
A pair of Cardiff University students are set to wed after a proposal involving an engraving at Wales' Millennium Stadium.
Graphic images successful in helping smokers remember health risks
The graphic images used on cigarette packets are largely successful in helping people to remember the health risks associated with smoking, according to new research.
Engraving may hold secret to family heirloom
The engraving on the back of a silver medal may hold the key for a young man trying to discover information about his great-grandfather.
Soil Association hails EU-US organic agreement
The terms of a new agreement between the US and the European Union (EU) mean a fresh food product labelled organic will be valid in both regions, which the Soil Association believes is a positive step.
Putney pavement engraved to mark Diamond Jubilee
The residents of Putney have commemorated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a unique engraving on a local pavement.
ISO world standards released for packaging and environment
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released its world standards on packaging and environment, converternews.com reports.
Named brand sales trounced by own label goods
'Own label' foods are out-selling named brands as consumers attempt to stretch their shopping budget further.
UWI label tipped to dramatically reduce food waste
A new label, which uses chemicals to let consumers know exactly when their food goes off, has been described as a 'game-changer' by its inventor.
Government could introduce single nutritional labelling system across whole country
The government is keen to introduce a single nutritional labelling system for all food packaging across the UK.
Clear labelling now required on animal products in EU
Changes to the European Union's (EU's) textile labelling legislation mean animal products are now required to be clearly marked.
"Real hero" from Titanic to be honoured with engraving
A fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for a new engraving honouring the life of a cellist on the Titanic.
Soil Association label ranked as best for animal welfare standards
Consumers who are keen to buy food that meets high animal welfare standards are best off looking for the Soil Association label, it has been claimed.
Cigarette warning labels act as successful deterrent to ex-smokers
The graphic warning labels featured on cigarette packets are highly effective at preventing ex-smokers from smoking again, according to a new survey.
Artist engraves Queen's portrait onto pinhead
In a remarkable feat of precision engraving, an artist has created one of the smallest ever portraits of Queen Elizabeth II - on a pinhead.
National Memorial Arboretum engraving honours fallen soldiers of 2011
The latest part of an engraving project at the National Memorial Arboretum started on Monday morning (April 23rd) at 09:30.
Heinz rereleases labels from Queen's coronation year
Cans of Heinz beans and spaghetti are set to feature replicas of their labels from 1952 - Queen Elizabeth's coronation year.
Diamond engraving created for Diamond Jubilee
Scientists have created what could be the world's smallest portrait of the Queen by engraving an image on a diamond, BBC News reports.
Morrisons introduces "fresh" branding to product labels
UK retailer Morrisons is revamping the look of its fresh produce range by introducing new product labels and packaging, reports Talking Retail.
Royal Mint issues advice on spotting fake £1 coins
Design errors, poorly defined edging and extra shiny surfaces have been named by the Royal Mint as things to look out for when trying to identify a counterfeit one pound coin, telegraph.co.uk reports.
'Made In Scotland' labels could enhance export opportunities
Scotland should promote their own brands in emerging markets with a defined 'Made in Scotland' label, claims an industry expert.
NCBA disagrees with US decision to appeal labelling ruling
The National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA) has publicly criticised the US government for appealing Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) instructions.
Confusing medicine labels present significant health risk
Confusing medicine labels are providing significant health risks to at least a third of British pensioners, according to a new report.
Engraving demand means later opening for Midlands memorial
The £50,000 Birch Coppice Colliery memorial near Tamworth has had to put back its unveiling date due to the number of names needing to be engraved onto it.
Packing guide released for the digital age
The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is releasing a best-practice packaging guide for internet merchants.
Unique tools priced high thanks to engravings
A set of gardening tools has been valued at up to £3,500 at Christie's thanks to high-quality engravings and muntjac hoof handles.
Big Packaging Debate highlights carbon labelling obstacles
The problems associated with carbon labelling were highlighted by a panel of experts at the Big Packaging Debate.
Inconsistent labelling "moves goalposts" for gardeners
Gardeners are being caught out by the inconsistent labelling practices of plant retailers, a horticultural expert has claimed.
Traditional and modern engraving technology combined at H&H
The importance of new technology has been championed by historic gunmaker Holland & Holland (H&H).
Campaign to remove 'five-a-day' labels from unhealthy food
Food manufacturers have been urged to remove the 'five-a-day' symbols from the labels of unhealthy foods.
Manufacturers using fictional locations on food labels
Food manufacturers have been urged to be honest about the origin of their products following revelations that many are using fictional locations on their labels.
Sainsbury's to revise 'freeze by' advice on labels
Sainsbury's is to make changes to its product labels in an effort to reduce food waste, The Guardian reports.
Tesco withdraws from Carbon Trust labelling system
Supermarket giant Tesco has opted out of a Carbon Trust labelling scheme just over four years after signing up for it.
Samsung follows Apple's lead on engraving
Electronics manufacturer Samsung is following in Apple's footsteps by encouraging customers to engrave one of its products.
Shoppers find nutritional information confusing
Almost six out of ten consumers have difficulty understanding the nutritional information on food packaging, according to a new study.
Ascot defends labelling system despite refunds
Ascot Racecourse has defended its decision to use orange labels to uphold a dress code over the weekend.
Hospital reclaims clock thanks to engraving
Royal Berkshire Hospital has been able to put a clock back on display after close to eight years thanks to an engraving, reports BBC News.
New gluten regulations praised
New EU regulations regarding the labelling of gluten-free products have been praised by the chief executive of Coeliac UK.
Labelling could help consumers support British farmers
Consumers are in favour of new guidelines on meat labelling as it supports a broader strategy, it has been claimed.
New coin shows offside rule
A new set of 50 pence coins has been released by the Royal Mint, in commemoration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Metro reports.
Charity calls for clearer food labelling
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has suggested people may struggle to maintain a healthy weight without clear food labelling.