Your label is the face of your product: it’s what catches a consumer’s eye and entices them to pick up your product and give it a try. As a natural food entrepreneur you’re passionate about the product you make and you probably have some top-notch ideas for your label.
But sourcing and creating food packaging and labelling for your business can become a challenge for a small business since effective labels need to be eye-catching, practical and functional, and strictly adhere to Canadian food safety guidelines.
OAFVC Makes Food Packaging and Labelling Easy
The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) is here to help small businesses succeed. The food processing facility provides services for every step of the small-batch food production process, from preparation, cooking and processing in the commercial kitchen to shared food storage, and yes, even food packaging and labelling.
OAFVC provides equipment, training, and labour to help you with:
- Vacuum packaging
- Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)
- Tamper evident seals
- Heat sealed pouches
Did you know that if your product requires special storage (like frozen storage) you may need a special label? OAFVC provides speciality labelling too.
An in-house graphic designer can consult with you to help you design your label or upload and optimize one that you’ve already created. And, essential for food entrepreneurs who are just getting started but hoping to expand into local and chain stores, OAFVC can assist with barcode/GSI printing on packages. In addition to graphic design assistance, OAFVC also provides information and resources on legislation pertaining to food packaging requirements and ingredient declaration so you’ll be in compliance with Canadian food regulations — a necessary step to get your product on shelves.
Learn More About What You Need to Get the Most Out of Your Agri-Food Business
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