Printing lead times likely to increase in 2017 due to FDA changes
New FDA changes to the Nutrition Labeling Eduction Act will create a huge demand on printing within the food industry for 2017. The first of the changes from the FDA is requiring manufacturers to comply by mid 2017, with the bulk of the remaining changes by mid 2018. As 2018 approaches the demand for printing will increase and may cause delays in getting projects completed. Planning ahead and getting these changes in the pipeline early will be a necessity.
Other industries outside of the food industry could see longer lead times as well.
The food industry is a 5.32 trillion dollar industry (source: Statista.com) and as it moves to keep up with the FDA packaging requirements and compliance, Printers will be inundated with printing, labeling, and packaging work. This tremendous load on the printing market will likely affect other industries needing printing as well. If your company is dependent on outside printers, you will need to stay in touch with them to make sure you get your printing needs completed when you need it.
The need for design help will increase.
With the FDA requiring changes to labeling and packaging, most companies use this as an opportunity to update their product designs. Food industry manufacturers reach out to freelancers and agencies to help meet the FDA compliance deadlines.
We’re here to help.
WRG Digital has over 20 years of packaging design experience and working with the FDA labeling requirements. We often support in-house marketing and design departments to help meet their labeling and packaging needs. We also maintain relationships with many printers around the country to help get work completed. So we can source your printing needs as well.