Hi guys!! Wow, look at all that I have missed! I’ll tell what you I know, or think I know. I’m going to read through the posts and answer stuff as it come up…
Regarding standards, you need to look at your own industry. Melissa, looks like you have yours covered. In my case I needed to get the scoop from the “division of Food Contact” in the Office of Food Additive Safety at the Center for Food safety and Applied Nutrition which is all a part of the FDA! Could they make it any harder??!!! Anyway, my girl there was AWESOME, so I can’t complain. My classification of stainless steel is fine and no licenses or additional certifications are required. For the “warnings” in my case I’m not “required” to have any warnings but just for CYA purposes, I’m putting on the package a warning in the best legalese I can muster… “don’t eat these dummy” and “when this comes right off the grill, be careful because it’s gonna be hot!” Melissa, LOVE the packaging! It is ADORABLE! Keep in mind it needs to stand up to a 8 hour cross country truck ride or 12 hours in a rail car or being dropped from 4 feet in the air off a fork lift or being in 20 foot seas in a 40’ container stacked 4 high coming on the slow boat from China. These are the things to think about now when designing packaging and whoever you use, needs to keep all of this in mind. Jump off the shelve appealing aesthetically is vital in consumer goods, but equally as important is durability. I will have TONS more info after the 26th when I get all my stuff from Clemson.
Okay, the UPC code wholesalers are legal, so they say. I’m no lawyer, so I don’t know. However, the bigger retailers will require your “GS1 Company Prefix Certificate” which you can ONLY get by joining the GS1. Mine is a pretty certificated that says “licensed to: Charmed Life Products LLC” GS1 company prefix 089736????. That is Charmed Life Products prefix and nobody else has it. These are the first numbers in your UPC. When creating my UPC numbers they will be 89736????XXXX… When you buy second hand UPC numbers, they company prefix is someone else’s. On the bottom of my certificate is says and I quote “The GS1 Company Prefix and the corresponding UPC Company Prefix (hereafter “the Prefixes”) are licensed for the sole use of the applicant and are restricted to the member to whom they are assigned. Any other use of the numbers is prohibited, including but not limited to, renting, leasing or subdividing all or a portion of the prefixes. Upon the sale of a company, division, or a product line, the sales agreement should specify which party in the transaction will have use of the Prefixes. Only one company may use the Prefixes.”
You are correct, you get 100 products and every single variation of the product needs its own UPC. In my case, I have different “collections”. Same “product” but still, I need a separate UPC for each. (But all start with MY prefix) If it’s a different color, shape, theme, collection, still needs a different UPC. For the $750.00 w/ the GS1 you can go up to 100 products, collections, etc…
Marvin, regarding my secondary packaging, I’ll have A LOT more to say after the 26th, so lets for sure talk again then! Okay, hopefully I have not confused you more… I tend to ramble… Sorry!!! Hope this helps a little! Have I done more harm then good?
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