New Vermont GMO Labeling Rule goes into effect July 1, 2016

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As you probably know, the new Vermont GMO Labeling Rule goes into effect July 1, 2016. For information about the law, including frequently asked questions, please click on this  link from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office documents offering guidance on complying with the new law.

http://ago.vermont.gov/focus/consumer-info/fuel/ge-food-labeling-rule/guidance-and-faqs.php

We can help you with any necessary adjustments to your current labels to bring them into compliance with the upcoming rule changes. Our new Digital technology will help ease the transition by eliminating the need to purchase new printing plates for changes to art and/or copy.

In addition, we have a ready supply of generic labels that offer a more temporary solution.

Please call or email for additional information.

Thank you,

Creative Labels of Vermont Customer Service Team

Internet shopping & Label Customers…

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I am considering starting my own support group for internet shoppers anonymous (if it doesn’t already exist) I have an Amazon Prime membership and am not afraid to use it especially since my boyfriend’s debit card is also attached to it. Ok, ok, I haven’t used his card for any impulse purchases only household stuff we need but its there and sort of makes me happy… Ok I digress; I love to shop on the internet, it gives me time to really consider my purchases, there’s no one there asking me if I need assistance and I can put something in my cart or save it for later even if “later” is 3 days or 3 weeks from now.

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Last week while I was shopping around on Amazon, I came across two of our customers who sell their product there. I’m sure there are probably more, but these two stood out to me because they are customers who are lucky enough to have their label orders entered by me, Hidden Springs Maple and Bascom Maple. And as you can imagine they sell maple syrup, delicious maple syrup that goes well on a number of you guessed it, foods.

I was pretty tickled when I saw them on there because it really does make me proud as a small town Vermonter to see products that we as a small Vermont company make something for. Vermont sometimes has a tendency to be its own small little world and can be insulated from the rest of the country and our attitude can be that things here are “ours” so stay away, it probably has to do with no one wanting Vermont and us being a Republic for so long. We remember all those questions of ‘what state is Vermont in’ collectively as Vermonters.

For my Facebook push of the week, go and check out Pioneer Bean Company’s page and see their video of labels going onto their jars. The labels are ones we printed on our HP digital press and were the first order they’ve done with us. It made me a little excited last night while I waited for the new Muppets show to start, I love that they love the labels and that I finally got to see something I had a part in go onto a product that I enjoy. Also go and check out Vermont Farmstead Cheese’s page because they are advertising their new Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead ale Cheddar, and yup the labels are from us! I certainly know what I will be adding to my cheese drawer come October 1st!

September has been a big month anniversary wise here at CLOV; we have been lucky enough to have Oakley, one of our press operators and rewinders here for a year (Sept 8). Michelle, one of our fabulous Customer Service reps and one of the persons I get to share an office with (Sept 22) that as a reward for putting up with a year of Candy I purchased a delicious lunch of Pho Dang yesterday. And our one and only Lee LaChance who will be celebrating 19 years here at CLOV on Friday; Lee is our General Manager, label guru, estimating wiz and all around great help and calming force. Can you imagine being stuck in a relatively small office with a bunch of women for that long? I can’t and I AM a woman.

Have a great week and if you can, buy local!

As always once you are done checking out our website clov.com and Facebook page Creative Labels of Vermont make sure you check out the Facebook pages of some of our awesome customers and go and visit them!

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

Successful Event Despite the Weather

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd annual Vermont Farmstead Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Challenge and did my fair share of mac and cheese eating and I already cannot wait until next year! It really makes me feel good to know that despite the less than stellar weather on Sunday, people still came out to support a wonderful cause and to have some delicious macaroni (and more importantly) CHEESE and some great beer from Harpoon Brewery.

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While I was at the mac and cheese challenge I had the pleasure of meeting one of my FAVORITE customers Jackson from Vermont Maple Srirracha as well as one of my FAVORITE new customers Jeff from Pioneer Bean company they were there manning a booth with Big Lenny and took 2ndplace in the People’s Choice category! I am glad my vote helped them win! It really was a great entry and I was first in line I am happy to report and I was super excited to finally put a face to the emails I have been sending and hopefully they are happy to do the same. Of course my boyfriend made sure to tell them all that we have a shelf devoted to Vermont Maple Srirracha in our pantry because I am a devotee of Jackson’s product and it really is just that damn good! And thank you for the t-shirt; I will be rocking it at work sometime this week!

Please be sure to check out the Facebook page of Vermont Farmstead Cheese for who won as well as for pictures from the event that I am sure will be up in the coming days. Also check out some of my pictures from yesterday; I know I will be keeping them as a delicious reminder and to keep me going until next years challenge!

As always once you are done checking out our website clov.com and Facebook page Creative Labels of Vermont make sure you check out the Facebook pages of some of our awesome customers and go and visit them!

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

 

 

VT is also known for some of the best beers

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So because I love social media and because I am always on the look out for stories about our customers I was pleasantly surprised (but not shocked) when this little tid bit of a story came across my Facebook feed last night

Vt. brews named among world’s best beers

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As I have mentioned before I get a great amount of pleasure and native pride when Vermont businesses are recognized for what they do on a National level but when they are recognized on an International stage that is whole other story! When I was a kid all I remember Vermont being known for was maple syrup and skiing but now we are known for the nectar of the God’s BEER! Finally, I might be able to go to the Southern US and when asked where I am from not be asked ‘where in New York is Vermont?’!

Creative Labels is lucky enough to make labels, keg rings and just about any other thing you can put on a can, bottle, keg or growler for several of the best beer makers in Vermont; not only do we have the pleasure of producing keg rings for our news story above Hill Farmstead Brewery, but we also work with 14th Star Brewery, Lost Nation, Otter Creek Brewery, Stone Corral, Crop Bistro, Trapp Family Lodge, Kingdom Brewing, Magic Hat and many more that I cant think of off the top of my head and it only makes sense to me that some of the best brewers in Vermont work with the best label producer in Vermont!

Now that I have covered one of my favorite types of beverages let me subtly move towards one of my favorite foods and festivals being held coincidentally at one of my favorite breweries, the Vermont Farmstead Cheese’s Mac and Cheese Challenge! Please if you want to sample delicious comfort food, support a GREAT cause and have some excellent beer in a beautiful location, come to Windsor on Sunday and have some mac and cheese! And if you do come and see a tall red headed man carrying out a short brown haired girl who looks like she has succumbed to an over indulgence of cheese, clutching a 3rd annual Vermont Farmstead Cheese Mac and cheese Challenge t-shirt, that will be me! So come over and say hi and I will tell you about Creative Labels, why you should do business with us and I will try to get you to laugh as my boyfriend drags me away from the tent as I try to go back in for more samples! I wonder what you do for a cheese hangover? I guess we will find out on Monday when I come in for work!

As always once you are done checking out our website clov.com and Facebook page Creative Labels of Vermont make sure you check out the Facebook pages of some of our awesome customers and go and visit them!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1589896581258987/

https://www.facebook.com/hillfarmstead?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/OtterCreekBrewing?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/stonecorralbrewery?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/magichatbrewing?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/kingdombrewingvt?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/TrappFamilyLodge?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/cropvt?fref=ts

Following Our Customers on Social Media

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I enjoy Facebook and I am trying to get into Twitter and Instagram more, but to be honest I have gotten so used to having seemingly everything right there in one program its hard to move onto or check out other formats. Plus in Facebook I can ramble on to my hearts content when I happen to post something other than a recipe I may want for later or a cat picture or video.

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I try to follow as many Creative Labels customers on all 3 of those forums as much as I can whether I am the account manager for that customer or not, because I love seeing what they’re are up to as well as the pictures they post of our labels on their products. Because, to be honest, I am a little vain and I like to see how good we look together. And if I can get a heads up on whatever festival or party a customer may be having and maybe get in line early for tickets, I am all for it.

I was perusing Facebook this weekend and was happily surprised to learn how much 14th Star Brewing gives back to their community. Just this weekend they hosted a Brews for Rescues event on Saturday with all the proceeds going to Franklin Country Animal Rescue and last week they offered coupons for a free pint to anyone who brought in new school supplies that were then given out at the brewery for anyone who needed them Sunday and then again today because they still have some school supplies left.  It’s these kinds of things that our customers do that put a lump in my throat when I see them. I love how our customers help out the community, I love how it epitomizes the Vermont way of life and belief in helping out your neighbor when they need it, whether it be by using your tractor to help drag your car out of the ditch or snow drift when its stuck or by asking for school supply donations to help make going back to school a little easier for a child who probably doesn’t have a whole lot.

Make sure you check out 14th Star on Facebook to see what else they are doing at the brewery whether it is for a benefit or not because their beer is PHENOMENAL and they do a lot of great work for the community.

Also, I am super psyched to report that I have my tickets for the 3rd annual Vermont Farmstead Cheese Mac and Cheese Festival! I cannot wait to go and sample copious amounts of two of my favorite things cheese and pasta! All the proceeds go to local charities to help feed needy Vermonters and it’s at a beautiful location and you cannot beat the food! I’m sure its going to be a HUGE turnout and if you see me there please stop and say hi and if I look like I am in a cheese coma, just give me a couple minutes to rally and get back in there for more!

https://www.facebook.com/14thstarbrewing?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/VermontFarmsteadCheeseCo?fref=ts

http://www.vtmacandcheese.com/

And of course Creative Labels of Vermont at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLabelsofVermont?fref=ts or http://www.clov.com/

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

labels and the products they get wrapped around…

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Back from a short hiatus here I am back to regale you with stories of labels and the products they get wrapped around.

Speaking of products our labels get wrapped around, I just received my tickets to the Vermont Farmstead Cheese’s Vermont Mac and Cheese Challenge and my mouth is already watering. And my wallet is feeling pretty light.

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That is the “problem” with working here at CLOV, I see and get to be a part of making great labels for all of these wonderful products and I of course have to sample them. Sometimes I get lucky and our wonderful customers send us samples of their product and other times my curiosity gets the better of me and I just go ahead and order things just so I have the chance to try them.

Last year I was lucky enough to get to go down to Windsor and try the Mac and Cheese Challenge and was so happy that I did, the combination of wonderful Vermont made cheese, Harpoon beer and of course carbs made for an absolutely wonderful day. I encourage anyone who can to go and check it out if not for the great food and atmosphere then for the fact that all the proceeds go to benefit the Vermont Food bank and Sustainable Woodstock, both wonderful charities that do great work for Vermonters.

I love Vermont, I love being a native Vermonter, working for a Vermont company and I love the fact that we make a TON of labels for Vermont products (even the ones that don’t go on food). One of my biggest pleasures during the summer is going to various farmers markets in the area and trying out new veggie stands and the homemade products that are there. And it gives me great pleasure while talking to these vendors to tell them how we are a Vermont company and how if they would like to stick a label on something then they should use one that is made in Vermont. So if you see me around the greater Chittenden/Addison County areas carrying way too much stuff for the bag I might have with me, stop and say hi and I will talk to you about labels, what we here at Creative Labels can do for your label needs and I might let you try some of my “treasure” I just bought. I’m still trying to figure out what I am going to put the raspberry jalapeno jam that I bought on Friday at the Essex Junction Farmers market on. Going to have to find a really good muffin or scone I guess…

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Also we would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Tenzing Dolma, who celebrated 20 years with Creative Labels of Vermont on Friday! Thank you for your years of dedicated service and we are very grateful to have you as a part of our team!

Harpoon Brewery at https://www.facebook.com/TheHarpoonBrewery or http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/

Vermont Farmstead Cheese at http://vermontfarmstead.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/VermontFarmsteadCheeseCo?fref=ts

And of course Creative Labels of Vermont at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLabelsofVermont?fref=ts or http://www.clov.com/

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

Musings with Candy #3

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rain

The rain. It seems to never want to stop. I am not complaining mind you because I would much rather have it rain than snow, plus I made an promise to myself (ok, I begged and pleaded with nature) to not complain about the summer weather no matter what it was as long as winter ended; but it would be nice to come to work every once in a while and not look like a drowned rat (I ride a bicycle). The only good thing about the rain and mild temperatures (aside from it not being snow) that I can say is that it hasn’t been as awful in the warehouse so far this summer as it was last year. You see our press operators, rewinders and shipping personnel work hard to make sure our customers labels are done correctly and on time no matter what the weather outside is, or how it affects the comfort level in the warehouse. In the summer they sweat, drink lots of water and eat popsicles to stay hydrated and in the winter they put on a hoodie if it happens to be a little cooler in the warehouse, whatever it takes to get the job done. That’s the kind of dedication you can expect from us; through sweltering heat, rain, or freezing conditions we will get your labels done and out the door to you; sort of like the post office but we don’t have uniforms.

This weekend I will be attending the 2015 Harpoon Championships of New England BBQ at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, VT. I am beyond excited, because as you may have realized, I love food. Harpoon is unfortunately not one of our customers (yet) but I am ever the optimist so I hold out hope that someday we will make something that graces their bottles or kegs or anything else for that matter. I am hoping to also have the opportunity while we are down there to stop into one of our customers, Silo Brewery (American Crafted Spirits) and touring their facility and just checking in to see them if only to see our labels on their bottles, because they are pretty sweet. It’s also handy because Vermont Farmstead Cheese is also right there and I might see about sneaking down there so I can get some of my one true love, cheese.

As always I encourage you to check out any food festivals that are going on in your area because they can be pretty awesome and a lot of the time you stumble upon something you can’t live without after trying. And if you are stumbling around the internet make sure to check out:

Harpoon Brewery at https://www.facebook.com/TheHarpoonBrewery or http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/

Vermont Farmstead Cheese at http://vermontfarmstead.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/VermontFarmsteadCheeseCo?fref=ts

American Crafted Spirits at https://www.facebook.com/SILOdistillery?fref=ts or http://www.silodistillery.com/

And of course Creative Labels of Vermont at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLabelsofVermont?fref=ts or http://www.clov.com/

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

Monument Farms Celebrates 85th anniversary

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I am not a milk drinker, never have and most likely never will. I love it in my mac and cheese and mashed potatoes but if I am going to have a glass of something cold in the morning or with dinner it’s most likely going to be Diet Coke. My family are milk devotees, when I was in high school at any point during the week there could be 2 to 3 gallons of milk in the refrigerator and the label on that milk always said Monument Farms. What I am is proud of my associations and proud of real made in Vermont products and Monument Farms hits both of those pride buttons for me.

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Monument Farms is celebrating their 85th anniversary this weekend with a big party down in Weybridge Vermont.

 85 years is an amazing amount of time to be in business and not just doing business, doing good or great business. People are devoted to the milk these people produce, and I am not just talking about the Steadman’s of Monkton Vermont, but countless other people all over Vermont but across the country. If you Google Monument Farms and you come across their review page only one is bad and the guy sounds like a moron who is just being mean for the sake of being mean and gets OWNED by the farm when they break down his complaints with TRUTH. If you go to their Facebook page, like I did a couple weeks ago, you see a “complaint” but it’s about the new jugs they put the milk in. The bottom line is that you would be hard pressed to find an actual, verifiable, complaint about Monument Farms milk.

One of the reasons I am so proud of the relationship between Creative Labels of Vermont and Monument Farms is the fact that Monument Farms is such a Vermont institution; it’s a true Vermont company, locally owned and operated by Vermonters. I feel that there can be such a rush out of working with or for a company that takes pride in producing a sought after product, I know I puff my chest out a little bit when someone tells me a label we’ve produced looks great or they’re happy with the performance, its an awesome feeling and I am sure its one that Monument Farms has felt and heard for all of their 85 years.

So, if you are in Addison County this weekend and are thinking about taking a tour of Weybridge make sure you stop by the Monument Farms Dairy and take in the sights and sounds of a true Vermont Dairy and celebrate 85 years of producing a product that not only they can and should be proud of, but one Vermont is proud of and that we here at Creative Labels of Vermont is proud to be associated with.

Or if you can’t make it to Addison County please stop on by their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MonumentFarmsDairy/info?tab=overview.

As well as our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLabelsofVermont?fref=ts 

And don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreativeLabelsofVT/featured

Creative Musings with Candy

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Inaugural blog post = exciting! For me because I will be writing about the exciting world of labels and my favorite thing of all time the foods they go on. And exciting for you because you will get to enjoy my musings and get a glimpse into my hilarity. Of course we here at Creative Labels of Vermont produce labels for all sorts of other things beside food but since it’s my first blog post, I am going to write about something I like the best. FOOD.

Butter. Its one of my favorite food groups, aside from cheese and Diet Coke. Yes, you read that correctly; butter, cheese and Diet Coke have their own food groups (at least in my slightly a skewed world). And recently one of our favorite customers Vermont Creamery, (who produce products that fall into two of my food groups) won a prestigious SOFI award at the Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in NYC this past June for their Cultured Butter basket. Let me just say that their butter is DELICIOUS. When I had their butter for the first time all I could think of was the Mike Myers Coffee Talk skit from SNL where he and Madonna were talking about Barbara Streisand being like “buttah”, wonderfully, deliciously, creamy and what you’d imagine heaven tasting like. I cannot be prouder of their accomplishment, both as someone who gets to brag EVERYTIME I am in the grocery store that we here at CLOV make their labels but as a born and raised Vermonter. I find it absolutely wonderful when a Vermont company is recognized for what they make, and shows the world that Vermont is more than just delicious maple syrup. Congratulations Vermont Creamery, keep up the excellent work!

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Please be sure that you check out Vermont Creamery’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/vermontcreamery?fref=ts and their website www.vermontcreamery.com and while you are on the interwebs please be sure to check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CreativeLabelsofVermont?fref=ts

Until next time blog readers!