Is Your Vendor ISO Certified?

When you are vetting vendors in your manufacturing process ask if they are ISO certified. ISO certification is the centerpiece for global proprietary, commercial and industrial standards. An ISO certified company has gone through a rigorous and extensive process involving applications, documentation, inventory, and on-site audits for standards in their specific area of expertise. This quality management system is the largest in the world. ISO companies have raised their standards to another level of accountability in relation to their products and services.

Corporate Accountability & Responsibility

ISO certified companies have taken their company to the next level because they want to make sure their products meet customer requirements in a global market. ISO stands for the International Organization for Standardization which sets standards for global proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. Founded in 1947 the governing body is made up of representatives from a diverse platform of national standards organizations.

U.S. companies must apply and meet the qualifications of the National Institute of Standards and Technology a non-regulatory agency of the Department of Commerce. It promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness. ISO 9001:2015 is the standard for quality control and documentation.

Why Should I Care If a Vendor is ISO Certified?

ISO is a quality control system that adheres to global standards and helps customers as well as suppliers and vendors. Let’s say your company manufactures widgets. One day your quality control team notices the ink on a batch of packaged widgets is smearing, or fading. You contact your packaging supplier and they can walk back the packaging printing process through a series of controls and documentation until they locate the source of the issue. It could be an ink supplier, a machine that is worn and needs repair, or a bad batch of paper from the vendor supplying the packaging to be printed. ISO ensures customer satisfaction and protects vendors’ costly mistakes, breakdowns, or supplier failures. This enables the vendor to quickly identify any issue, correct the problem for the customer, and resume production with confidence. Without ISO it’s a crapshoot and everything can come to a grinding halt while the vendor plays Sherlock Holmes trying to figure out the source of the problem.

Meeting ISO standards in industry and manufacturing is an important certification that lets customers know you have passed rigorous audits by independent contractors licensed by ISO to audit and issue certifications. The certification opens the door if companies require it for their suppliers and it demonstrates a vendor’s ability to operate at the same level as larger ones.

At Century Printing and Packaging we recently passed a two-day audit and our ISO certification has been renewed for another 3 years. We have been answering the call for high-quality and high-performance labels across a diverse platform of industries like craft breweries, Nutraceuticals, CBD products, and newspapers. We can accommodate flexo, digital, flexible packaging, and many other product applications.

Ben Waldrop
President
Century Printing & Packaging
Greer, SC 29651
800.344.7509

Unhinge Your Brand™ with a Story-Label™

Behind every craft beer, there is a great story. Whether it’s tied to its indigenous roots/origin and how it all got started, the type of beer (IPA, stout, lager, wheat, etc.), its community of origin, family-owned, employee-owned or how the name came about there is a story waiting to be told.

Nothing communicates or resonates with consumers and customers like a story. Every person, town, company, product, sports team, family, and friend has a story to tell. Unfortunately telling your story on a product label can be an insurmountable challenge because of space limitations. You spend a lot of money, research, time and energy developing an eye-catching label to go on a great product, but due to legal labeling requirements (nutrition information, alcohol percentage, place of origin, etc.,), you have to give up much-needed space to tell your story and promote your brand.

But what if there was a label that would meet the legal requirements for craft beer and offer twice the space to tell your story? Imagine if you could “unhinge your brand™” with a Story-Label™ and provide a personal touch for consumers. You can! Century Printing and Packaging in Greer, SC, has created such a label.

This groundbreaking innovative label provides craft breweries with more space to tell their story. Imagine a consumer sitting at home, or in a bar with your beer and being able to fold out the beer label and discover your story. For example, let’s say there was a craft brewery in Elberton, Georgia (known for its granite) called “Granite Brewing”. Their product was born out of the rich history of granite from North Georgia. It could tell the story of Elberton and the surrounding areas rich in granite promoting a strong craft beer, bold taste, and locally owned. You get the idea.

These high-quality labels perform in cold and wet conditions. Century has built a strong reputation for dependable, durable, and high performing craft beer labels, nutraceuticals, CBD oil labels, etc. The flexographic labels ensure stunning colors and graphic details of your product stand out from the competition. Because the plates are made in-house the turn around time for these cutting-edge labels is fast whether you are running a few thousand or several hundred thousand. The ink used in the process is a proven water-based product that is environmentally friendly. This is a craft beer label like no other.

The Story-Label™ is a powerful customized brand marketing tool that allows you to provide engaging content for consumers and attract a bigger following for your product. What if you could feature your employees on different labels like your Master Brewer, the owner, and their family story, or something funny? What if your craft beer has a cool brand play with a mascot like a parrot, or bulldog? You could feature the story of the mascot with unique content about your brewery.

The label is like a door on hinges. You can “unhinge your brand™” and tell your story when the consumer opens it. Imagine gathering a loyal following of your labels being collected and posted in man-caves, garages, or collected like bottle caps, or cans. Your fall (Octoberfest, Harvest) or summer seasonal brew could be promoted in a way like never before. The possibilities are endless for creating engaging content driving your brand for consumers and building a loyal following.

Ben Waldrop, President
Century Printing & Packaging
800.344.7509
Email: benw@cpandp.com