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Food Labels

Food Labels

For more than 60 years, Richmark Label has printed labels for a wide variety of food products. Combining materials, shapes, inks, and finishes, we create labels that give our customers’ products the greatest visual impact possible. 

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Most Commonly Used Label Materials

White Gloss Paper

The most commonly used material for labels made for food product packaging is white gloss paper. Paper labels are easily applied to glass, plastic, paperboards, and metal. Paper is the least expensive material that possesses the quality, strength and durability for most everyday applications.


For customers using “squeezable” packaging and for customers who want a clear, no-label-look label, we recommend a material that is commonly referred to as BOPP. This is either a white or clear flexible material that is the overwhelming choice of our customers based on look, quality, and price.

More Options

Of course, there are many, many more label materials available. Our sales staff will always ask about your specific application as well as about label design elements that might influence the choice of material. Richmark Label’s technical staff also makes suggestions based on how and where labels will be used.

Click Label Materials to view the complete line of label materials available.

Protective Finishes

Clear Varnish (gloss or matte)

Clear Laminate (gloss or matte)

It’s standard practice to put a protective, clear, varnish over the surface of the label to protect the printing from damage by rubbing or scuffing. Using a clear laminate rather than varnish is an alternative when it’s likely the label will be subjected to greater than “normal” abuse. Gloss and matte varnishes and laminates are available. Sales representatives always ask how labels will be used to ensure that customers get the right labels for their needs. Click Protective Finishes for more information.

Shapes & Sizes

Richmark Label has over 2000 shapes and sizes of cutting dies from which to choose. If we don’t have exactly what you want, any size and shape can be easily and quickly ordered. Click Label Shapes & Sizes to find a die that fits your need.

Submit Art

Quotes can be requested with or without submitting artwork. If your art files are available when requesting a quote, please send them to us. You can include files on the Quote Request form.

Digital or Flexographic Labels?

Both the digital and flexographic printing processes make high quality labels. Because we have the ability to print labels using either process, our customers are assured of receiving labels that are exactly suited to their needs and also of receiving the most labels for the least amount of money.

The digital and flexographic printing processes are technically very different. These differences are the reasons the processes are not equally practical for all of our customers’ needs. Label costs remain low regardless of the quantities customers buy because we are able to choose the best way to print their labels.


  • Digital presses are much slower than flexographic presses. Because press time is costly, most long press runs aren’t practical when run on digital presses.
  • The cost of digital inks is significantly more than flexographic inks. This becomes more of a factor the longer the press run.
  • Flexographic presses use printing plates and digital presses do not. For longer runs, the cost of plates may not be significant. Plate costs can be offset by the faster press speeds. This is not the case for small and medium length runs.
  • Flexographic presses are much more versatile than digital presses. Foil stamping, embossing and applying a variety of finishes cannot be done on digital presses.