Seafood processors print their own seafood labels on demand for two reasons: to properly track and identify fresh and frozen fish, and to a cost-effectively promote the quality and taste of prepared seafoods.
Print Your Own Seafood Labels with a Color Label Printer from QuickLabel Systems
Seafood suppliers are always looking for a way to increase the market value of their product. Using a your own QuickLabel color label printer to make seafood labels with photos and brand logos is a cost-effective way to promote your seafood on cases and packs. You can print seafood labels on demand, only printing the exact quantity of labels you need at any given time. And, you can print custom labels for each seafood product, or personalize for each distributor. Case labels with color logos and product images can create more preference for your seafood brand and promote greater brand recognition, even among foodservice customers. Learn more about QuickLabel digital color label printers.
Print Your Own Seafood Labels with a Barcode Printer from QuickLabel Systems
In the United States and Canada, each package of fresh fish or shellfish must be labeled with a Method of Production statement and a Country of Origin statement. In addition, a lot number or batch code must be used to enable distributors and retailers throughout the seafood supply chain to identify and trace seafood.
QuickLabel Pronto! barcode label printers allow seafood processors to print their own seafood labels with all required label content. In addition, Pronto! barcode label printers can be integrated with Seasoft® and other ERP systems, and print seafood labels as fresh fish is cut and weighed. Fresh fish labels must be printed with fish weight, fish species, item code, barcode, country of origin, method of production, and market price. Seafood processors can also print seafood label graphics such as a seafood HACCP safety certification logo (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) or a ISO 22000 symbol to emphasize food safety practices.
Prepared seafood labels also include an ingredients list, including allergen warnings, and nutrition facts panels. In Canada, all required information on seafood labels must be bilingual, printed in both English and French. Learn more about the Pronto! barcode printer family.
Buy Seafood Labels and Tags
If you want to print your own seafood labels, QuickLabel sells blank labels in substrate materials that are designed for seafood labeling and withstand freezing, refrigeration, and moisture exposure. Our Material #125 Polyart® tag is frequently used for clam bags and mussel bags. Our Material #03 pressure-sensitive Kimdura® labels are often used for room-to-frozen case and carton labeling of seafoods. Request a quote on blank seafood labels.
Print Seafood Labels with Seafood Sustainability Logos
Buying sustainable seafood has become important to many consumers, and Whole Foods has recently begun using a color code label to distinguish sustainable seafoods. Packaged seafood brands can advertise their adherence to catch limits and environmentally-responsible fisheries management by printing seafood labels with catch limit statements and approved logos, seals, and certifications using their own QuickLabel Systems label printer. If your products are approved, you can easily print the Dolphin Safe certification on your labels for seafoods that contain tuna, as well as the seals and logos of various voluntary sustainable seafood organizations. For more information about sustainable seafood, please visit the NOAA Fish Watch U.S, Seafood Facts web site (USA).
Method of Production on Seafood Labels
The United States requires all fresh and frozen seafood labels to carry a Method of Production statement. The Method of Production label indicates whether the seafood is farm-raised or wild caught. This information is also used by regional seafood marketing organizations, such as the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, to promote preference for the distinctive taste and quality of local seafood. The following guidelines should be used when determing whether to print seafood labels with the “wild caught” or “farm raised” method of production label:
- Farm Raised Seafood Labels: According to the USDA, fish or shellfish should be labeled as Farm Raised if it was harvested in controlled environments, including ocean-ranched, penned fish and shellfish from leased beds. Seafood should be labeled as farm raised if it has been subjected to production enhancements.
- Wild Caught Seafood Labels: According to the USDA, fish or shellfish should be labeled as wild if it is naturally-born or if it originated in a hatchery and was later released into the wild and then harvested from non-controlled waters.
Country of Origin Labels on Seafood
As most North American consumers have noticed at the grocery store, the USDA now requires Country of Origin labels on seafood, meat, and fresh and frozen vegetable products sold in the United States. Canadian Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations also require Country of Origin labels on seafoods. Although country of origin labels are not currently mandatory on cooked seafoods and prepared foods with seafood ingredients in the United States, many seafood processors are voluntarily printing labels that declare country of origin on seafoods as a means of helping consumers to make an informed purchasing decision.