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Distinguish Your Brand With Craft Beer Labels

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The craft beer market has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with the number of breweries increasing dramatically. However, this increase in competition means it’s more important than ever to stand out on the shelves and grab the attention of potential customers. One way to do this is by creating unique, eye-catching labels for your beer.

This article will explore how to use your beer labels to distinguish your brand and make a lasting impression on your customers.

Elements of Craft Beer Labels

Craft beer has become a wildly popular beverage in recent years. But, with so many options available, it can be challenging to distinguish one brand from another. That’s where craft beer labels come in — they serve as the face of the brand, helping retain customers by setting the product apart from competitors.

Here are the key elements of craft beer labels that make them stand out:

Distinctive Branding

A consistent and recognizable brand image is crucial for beer producers, so the label should reflect the brand’s personality and values. For example, a brewery that prides itself on eco-friendliness may use labels with earthy tones and nature imagery. Similarly, a brewery with a more playful and lighthearted motif may use brighter colors and more whimsical designs.

Compelling Graphic Design

The design is important in grabbing the attention of potential customers; unique imagery and other visual elements make the label appealing. First, however, you must consider your target market. For instance, beers branded as high-end beverages would be more attractive with sleek, neat graphics and elegant fonts. On the other hand, those marketed to more party-loving individuals — such as college students — could be served well by bright and bold color schemes.

Flavor and Aroma Representation

Customers want to know what to expect from the flavor and scent of a beer before they buy it. Thus, a well-designed craft beer label with descriptive language and appropriate imagery should give them an idea of what to expect.

Straightforward Details

Labels often convey important information — the product name, alcohol content, ingredients, and brewing method. Hence, this information should be easy to read and understand. Use a clear font and adequate space between elements. The label should also follow all legal requirements and list the alcohol content and any potential allergens.

Uniqueness and Remarkability

A craft beer label should be memorable, allowing buyers to recognize and remember the brand apart from competitors. Use distinctive graphics, texts, and other designs to improve consumer loyalty and brand awareness over time.


Craft beer is all about brewing art; the label should reflect that. The label can develop customer confidence and credibility by demonstrating the brewery’s attention to detail and devotion to quality. For example, a label that includes photos of the brewing process or the brewer’s autograph might showcase the handcrafted quality of the beer.

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A Guide to Custom Labels

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Product labels serve different functions depending on the interested party—e.g., supplier vs. consumer. For product manufacturers and distributors, they enable them to differentiate between different items within a line, convey product information, and market their company’s brand to consumers. However, how a label is designed and manufactured significantly impacts how effective it is at performing the above functions. For this reason, many companies use custom labels when manufacturing and marketing their products.

Custom labels are a way to ensure a product—and its important information—is easily identifiable by consumers. They also allow industry professionals to customize the design of the product’s packaging—such as the graphics, textures, and finishes—to suit their brand’s aesthetic. While many industries use custom labels for their products, ranging from cosmetics and personal care products to cannabis and craft beers, ensuring they stand out in the marketplace often necessitates partnering with an experienced and knowledgeable service provider with superior graphic services.

The following article provides an overview of custom labels, covering how to make a custom label stand out, key manufacturing processes, and typical applications.

Key Design Considerations for Custom Labels

When designing custom labels for products, there is no one-size-fits-all format that will ensure the products catch a consumer’s eye. However, there are several design elements to consider that make a label more compelling and appealing, both in the in-store and online markets. Some of the design considerations to keep in mind are:

1. Material

The first step in designing a label is choosing a material. The material selected sets a tone and limitations for all other design elements. For example, an opaque white material offers considerable design freedom as it can be colored over or left as is for the graphics and texts, while a clear material highlights a product’s internal contents. 

2. Color

The choice of color can draw attention to a product, increasing the likelihood of a consumer picking it up. Additionally, label colors that contrast with those of competing products make it easy for consumers to distinguish a product on a retail shelf or web page.

When choosing a color, it’s important to consider the overall package. The colors of the label should work with the colors of the packaging and the product contents. Otherwise, the product as a whole may be less visually attractive.

3. Graphics

Similar to color, graphics affect the overall effectiveness of a label. Graphics that are visually appealing attract more consumer attention. Additionally, if well-designed, they can reduce the amount of text required to convey the necessary product and brand information, resulting in a more streamlined and polished label design.  

4. Font

The font chosen for a label is critical. It must draw attention from consumers without sacrificing readability. When selecting one, you should avoid both overly common fonts and overly decorative fonts. You may also choose to invest in a custom font that fits your brand’s aesthetic taste.

5. Finish

The finish of a label largely depends on your company’s taste and the effect you want to achieve. Both glossy and matte finishes offer their own advantages; the reflective and shiny look of a glossy finish adds impact, while the subdued look of a matte finish makes for a simpler and more classic look.

6. Size

The size of a product label should correspond with other aspects of the product’s packaging, including the size and shape of the packaging container. For example, for large round containers, you may use either one wraparound label or individual smaller labels for the front and back sides. Regardless of which option you choose, it is important to keep the branding information centered in the front as it is what draws consumer attention to your product.

7. Shape

In addition to color, graphics, and text font, consumers take notice of a label’s shape. Unusually and interestingly shaped labels are more recognizable and memorable. Alternatively, you can use color to mimic the effect of a custom shaped label by printing the shape on clear material.

8. Theme

Product lines with multiple variations—e.g., different flavors—should have labels with consistent design themes. While each label should clearly identify the variation, it should be easy for the consumer to recognize all variations as belonging to the same line.

9. Contact Information

Labels are multi-functional. In addition to attracting attention from consumers, they serve as a method of putting your brand out there. You should capitalize on the advertising space provided by product labels by adding contact information—such as a phone number or website—that allows consumers to interact with you directly if desired.

5 Processes Used to Create High-Quality Custom Labels

Industry professionals employ a variety of different processes to manufacture labels. When creating high-quality custom labels, five of the most commonly used methods are:

1. Flexographic Printing

Flexographic printing is a high-speed rotary printing process that uses a flexible printing plate to transfer ink—including metallics, pastels, and opaque whites—to various substrates. It offers fast and efficient printing, including for large swathes of color and on non-porous materials, in low to high volume production runs.

2. Digital Printing

Compared to traditional printing methods, the digital printing process offers greater precision and accuracy with shorter lead times and lower costs. It employs digital software and printing equipment—such as an HP Indigo digital press—to produce high-resolution images and text. As it does not require conventional printing plates and physical inking, it comes with much lower material and labor costs. 

Additionally, its use of digital design software allows you to make alterations to a label’s design, at little to no additional cost, to meet changing needs. Altogether, these qualities make the process suitable for prototyping and small-medium volume runs.

3. Extended Content Label Production

Extended content labels are used for products that have a significant amount of information that needs to be conveyed to consumers, such as pharmaceutical products. They feature multiple layers, providing a larger surface area on which text and graphics can be printed.

4. Embellishment

Embellishment operations allow you to customize your label further to improve its effectiveness. For example, you can laminate the label which increases its durability and longevity while adding textures and finishes that help it stand out. Some examples are leather, linen, and soft touch (silky). 

5. Thermal, Laser, and Dot Matrix Printing

Some applications require labels with variable information, meaning each label features different information from every other label in the roll. One example is “best by” labels. For these situations, thermal printing, laser printing, and dot-matrix printing all serve as an ideal solution. These processes accommodate and apply a variety of ink colors to specified areas of a label, allowing for information to be added as needed.

Regardless of the type of label manufacturing method employed, having a design file for your label ready significantly facilitates production operations and better ensures the final product meets your exact specifications. 

For assistance preparing a design file, see our How to Prepare an Art File page.

Applications of Custom Labels

Custom labels find application in a wide range of industries. At Star Label Products, we have extensive experience designing and delivering the following types:

Custom Cannabis Labels

Recent legalization efforts have led to a growing market for cannabis-infused products. While legal standings vary from state to state, for areas where cannabis products are allowed, the industry carries specific guidelines on what information should be included on product labels. Key factors include strain name, date tested, lab name and test confirmation number, net weight in grams, CBD percentage, and THC percentage. How this information should be displayed, however, depends on the state. Non-compliance with the state’s requirements can lead to the product being pulled from the shelves.  

If you want to bring a new cannabis product to market, turn to the experts at Star Label Products. We can produce cost-effective custom cannabis labels that showcase your products and comply with all applicable federal and state requirements. As cannabis industry regulations are constantly changing, our digital printing capabilities—which accommodate prototyping and short-run projects—make us the ideal partner. We also offer flexographic printing capabilities for longer runs. Some of the cannabis products we regularly make labels for include flower, edibles, tinctures, oil, topicals, and more.

Custom Cosmetic Labels and Custom Personal Care Product Labels

Our design and printing capabilities—including UV flexographic printing, digital printing, and rotary screen printing—accommodate a wide range of cosmetic and personal care product label needs. Equipped with over 40 years of printing experience, our expert team has the knowledge and skills to produce high-quality, durable, and eye-catching labels that suit your company’s aesthetic and all applicable industry requirements. 

We provide labels in a variety of materials, designs, shapes, and colors to suit different cosmetic and personal care products, including eye shadow, lipstick, nail polish, shampoo, and soap.

Custom Craft Beer Labels

The popularity of craft beer is rising, and with it comes a growing demand for craft beer bottle labels. For new and existing craft breweries, our digital printing services are an ideal solution for their beer label needs. We offer a variety of face stock and adhesive options to produce attractive and long-lasting digitally printed custom labels for bottles and cans at a low cost. Each label features all pertinent brand and government-mandated information (e.g., alcohol content and surgeon general warning)

Custom Food Labels and Custom Beverage Labels

For food and beverages, labels often serve as the first point of contact between the product and the consumer. The quality of the design can spell the difference between a successful product and a failed product. If the label does not convey the necessary product information (as dictated by the FDA) or establish an adequate understanding of your brand in the consumer, there is a much lower risk of a repeat purchase.

By working with us, you can guarantee your custom food or beverage labels comply with FDA guidelines and showcase your brand. We accommodate a variety of food and beverage products—including dairy, candies, condiments, dressings, meat and seafood, pastries, soups and stews, and more—with our digital label printing, flexographic printing, and embellishment processes.

Custom Household Product Labels

The two main challenges faced when producing labels for household goods are the nature of the products (i.e., the product ingredients degrade the label) and the irregularly shaped product packaging (i.e., the packaging shape prevents the label from adequately adhering).

At Star Label Products, our digital printing, UV flexographic printing, and extended content label production methods overcome both of these challenges. We produce high-quality labels for a variety of household products, such as all-purpose, specialty, and floor and furniture cleaners.

Custom Pharmaceutical Labels and Custom Nutraceutical Labels

Like many products intended for human consumption, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products come with strict packaging and labeling requirements. Our in-depth knowledge of the standards and best practices of both industries enables us to design, develop, and deliver compliant custom labels for their many products, such as medicines, supplements, and vitamins.  

Custom Promotional Labels

Promotional labels are marketing materials used to draw additional attention to products without making changes to their packaging. Equipped with an adhesive backing, they can be easily applied when needed.

Our team is well-versed in the design and production of these labels. Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the design, if you need a custom promotional label, we can produce it to your exact specifications.

Custom Proposition 65 Warning Labels

Proposition 65 refers to the Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement act—also known as the “right to know” law. Effective as of 1986, it dictates that California-based businesses with 10 or more employees must provide “clear and reasonable” warnings regarding exposure to compounds that can cause birth defects, cancer, or reproductive issues. Ultimately, the law aims to prevent California residents from ingesting water that may contain these substances. As such, any company that manufactures, distributes, or sells products in California must have compliant product labels.

The Star Label Products team is well aware of the label requirements outlined by the law. We can produce full-color custom prop 65 labels in a variety of materials and sizes, either as a standalone solution or by integrating the warning into an existing design.

Custom Security Labels

Security labels protect products from tampering, counterfeiting, and illegal handling. Our high-quality security label solutions defend your consumers and your brand’s integrity. We can print your labels with custom barcodes, text, or serial numbers as needed. Microtext and invisible ink are just two additional examples of how Star Label Products can offer increased security for your products. 

Custom UL/CSA Labels

UL and CSA labels identify a product as in compliance with UL standards and CSA standards, respectively. At Star Label Products, we are authorized to print UL registered certification marks for products that meet UL standards. We also supply blank UL recognized labels so you can print your own labels in-house. All of our UL and CSA labels are designed and constructed to UL and CSA standards.

Help Your Custom Labels Stand Out With Our Superior Graphic Services

In addition to our label manufacturing capabilities, we also provide graphic services to help customers develop a label design that meets their exact needs. Armed with extensive experience and state-of-the-art design software and hardware, our graphics department is well-equipped to produce artwork for any label application.

Partner With Star Label Products for High-Quality Custom Label Solutions

At Star Label Products, we design and deliver high-quality custom labels for a wide range of industries. By partnering with us for your custom label needs, you benefit from our:

  • Over four decades of industry experience
  • Extensive label manufacturing services, including design assistance, printing, and the addition of embellishment techniques 
  • A broad range of material, color, size, and other label customization options

To find out more about our custom label capabilities or request a quote, contact us today.

Storing Data in Labels – Traceability and Data Matrix Codes

Much like QR codes, Data Matrix codes are a new, high tech take on an old design. Like barcodes, they’re specially designed to hold data. Due to their two-dimensional design, they can hold much more data than a standard one-dimensional barcode.

Both QR codes and Data Matrix codes are capable of storing data. But where QR codes have found widespread use as marketing tools, Data Matrix codes have been employed extensively as a way to track and trace individual products. One reason for this is that Data Matrix codes are more secure than QR codes, making them the logical choice for more sensitive data.

A single Data Matrix code can contain a manufacturer ID and part number that are uniform across a product line, as well as a unique serial number used only on that one specific item. This allows manufacturers to more easily isolate products for recall. Additional applications include inventory stock checks, and keeping track of when parcel items are sent and delivered. Lastly, Data Matrix codes are readable by scanners at a very small scale, making them ideal choices for labeling small parts such as electronic components.

As is the case with QR codes, it simply takes the right software to create a Data Matrix code, software that we possess here at Star Label. So if you’re looking to improve traceability across your product line, we have the perfect solution for you. Labels are what we do here. No matter what new technology comes along, if it has to do with labeling, you can count on Star Label Products.

Storing Data in Labels – Connecting Consumers to Your Brand with QR Codes

QR codes have been popping up more and more frequently on labels. A new take on the classic barcode, each has its own distinct look, and each allows more to fit on a single label than meets the eye.

QR codes are an excellent form of brand engagement. In their unique design, each stores a link to a website page. This page could include additional information about your product, or lead to a sweepstakes signup. What’s truly special about QR codes is the fact that they don’t require a special scanner to read. Instead, nearly any smartphone can decipher the codes. And that’s the point. Instead of tasking consumers with remembering a mention on a label to visit a website or enter a contest, they can pull it up on their phone and do it right there. This allows consumers to interact with your brand with an immediacy never before possible.

From drug facts, to nutrition facts, to net weight claims and ingredient lists—all with minimum font sizes—there are a lot of things that are required to go on a label. After that’s taken care of space is limited, and often times there’s a lot more to tell. In particularly small packages, such as those containing eye drops, you’re lucky just to fit that regulatory information. With the simple addition of a QR code, you’ve gained an entire web page to work with. And that page can be a part of your website, leading consumers to even more great information.

Though the technology is revolutionary, it’s a simple process to create a QR code. Here at Star Label we have the software to generate a unique QR code for your product. As a demonstration, we’ve included a QR code below that links to the homepage of our website. So if you have your smartphone on you, check it out. And if you’re looking to incorporate a QR code into your label, give us a call.