Craft beers are on the rise, thanks to an increasingly variable consumer taste. This creates a massive opportunity for label makers if you consider the words of Daniel Lowe (Fourpure) In The Grocer: “These days having a great tasting product is not enough. The public wants to know what’s behind the brand, how the beer was made, and by whom. Provenance is increasingly important; a beer’s story is now almost as important as taste and, when compared, a customer is far more likely to choose the beer with provenance and authenticity.”
In a booming market where personalization and brand awareness are key success factors, suppliers need to create portfolios that convince at first touch and glance. Rapid Labels runs a successful label business and really wanted to bet big on the craft beer market. Using their own skills, expertise and technology they released a Crafty Dozen selection showcasing an array of paper stocks and embellishments. Each label featured one of 6 different staff members at Rapid Labels’ and was created using 3 different materials with multiple embellishments.
Rather than turning to an existing craft beer label customer reference, Rapid Labels selected their own brand story to convey the importance of label storytelling via digital printing technology. Leading by example, they chose the most challenging of substrates to print on to generate a true eye-catcher: a metallized substrate. It can be especially troublesome in combination with four color process images that are favorites in the craft beer market. Rapid Labels selected the Xeikon CX3 as its versatile digital printing engine to create the perfect, efficient basis for the embellishments.
It turned out to be a good run in every perspective, with the additional bonus of avoiding painful click charges. The costs of running on the Xeikon CX3 are based on actual consumption, leaving Rapid Labels some wiggle room to practice to perfection at the lowest of costs.