When looking for a printing company to design and manufacture labels for jars, there are several important factors to consider, especially when compared to other label printing needs. 

This guide is intended to help you make an informed decision when choosing your jar label printer.  Consider the following:

Jar Label Material and Size:

Jars come in various materials, such as glass, plastic, or metal. The label material should be compatible with the jar’s surface to ensure adhesion and durability. Common label materials include paper, synthetic materials (polyester or vinyl), and specialty materials like waterproof or tamper-evident labels.

Determine the size as well as the shape of your labels. Some jar labels may be standard rectangular, oval or round, while on the other hand you may prefer a custom shape. Ensure the label printer can accommodate your label size and shape requirements to improve the likelihood  your customized jar labels stand out when consumers find them on retailers’ shelves.

Jar Label Printing Technology:

There are various printing technologies to consider when working with a printing company, including:

  • Inkjet Printing: Suitable for short runs and customization but may require special inks and coatings for durability.
  • Thermal Printing: Suitable for barcodes, variable data, and small quantities.
  • Digital Printing: Ideal for full-color, high-quality labels, and variable data printing to handle such features as batch numbers, expiration dates, or product variations.
  • Flexographic Printing: Cost-effective for large label runs with a consistent design.
  • Offset Printing: Offers high-quality results but is better suited for large label production.
  • Other Advanced labeling technologies:  QR codes or RFID tags, may also be incorporated into labels for enhanced traceability and consumer engagement.

Jar Label Durability and Resistance:

Consider the environmental factors to which your labeled jars will be exposed. 

Labels may need to withstand shipping and handling, moisture, heat, UV exposure, or chemicals. Choose materials and inks for your jar labels that offer the required durability and resistance necessary for the best outcomes.  

Certain labels for food products may need to undergo coating or lamination processes to enhance their durability and resistance to moisture, oils, or other substances. Common coatings include matte or gloss finishes.

Experienced jar label printers will also be able to recommend the proper adhesive and finishing process that suits the surface of your jars while ensuring the labels remain securely attached without peeling or falling off.

Print Resolution:

Higher print resolution will result in sharper and more detailed food jar labels. 

Higher resolution is essential for labels with detailed graphics, images, and especially small text that may be necessary to meet the extensive FDA food labeling requirements. Food product labels must adhere to food safety regulations, which can vary by country or region. This includes providing accurate ingredient lists, allergen information, nutritional facts, and complying with specific labeling requirements for organic, kosher, or other specialized products.

Look for a printer that offers high resolution printing suitable for your design, regulation and branding needs.  

Jar Label Durability:

Depending on the contents and intended usage of the jars, label durability may be crucial. Some printers offer options for water-resistant, UV-resistant, or scratch-resistant labels.  Label design expertise should include label material recommendations by your label printer.

Ink Type:

There are different types of ink used in label printing, such as dye-based or pigment-based inks. The choice may impact the appearance, durability, longevity and overall quality of your jar labels.

Print Volume:

Assess your anticipated label printing volume. Some printers are designed for high-volume label production, while others are more suitable for small batches.  At Alpine Packaging, we offer both high-volume as well as small batch jar label printing to our customers.

Label Design Customization:

Check if the jar label printer works with compatible label design software or can work with popular design programs like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Ease of design customization is essential especially if you desire a unique appearance of your food jar labels. Not all jar label printers offer custom label and graphic designers to their customers.  Alpine Packaging is one of a few that does!

In summary, when looking for a jar label printer, consider factors such as the label material, size and shape, printing technology, print quality, print resolution, label durability, ink types, and last, but not least, your label customization options. 

The preparation of labels for food jars is a critical aspect of food packaging, as it not only provides product information but also contributes to the overall visual appeal and branding of the product.

The experienced jar label printing company you choose should be able to support both the label design process as well as the production and delivery of your new labels.