April 20, 2019No Comments

How 301 Tariff is affecting the paper industry:

Section 301 is part of the Trade Act of 1974 where it allows the President to take actions to remove any act, policy, and practice from foreign government with unfair foreign barriers to the U.S. exports. If by any reason the United State Trade Representative seeks an investigation involving Section 301, it must be negotiable with foreign countries with compensation/ getting rid of trade barriers.

One major impact on 301 Tariff affecting the paper industry is the cash flow due to money spent in paying for tariff. The money only gets reimbursed when companies are able to increase prices on clients. Some paper companies are holding onto tariffed inventories longer than expected because of slower sales. Many small private companies in the paper industry are suffering from Section 301 Tariffs from China and trying to stay competitive at the same time.

This is also causing companies in the paper industry to evaluate carefully on how products are being identify and their product designs. For instance, minor changes in paper products design can lead small tariff adjustments and unwanted tariffs.

April 13, 2019No Comments

What is Proposition 65 and Proposition 65’s Testing Requirements:

Proposition 65 makes it mandatory for every business to give warning labels to people in California about exposures to various chemicals that causes cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. This became the law when it was approved in November 1986, when the vote was 63 to 37% rate. Proposition 65 is applicable to every consumer good sold in the state, which means this effect all the domestic manufactures, and its retailers.

Businesses are required to provide a clear warning before exposing others to listed chemicals. The warning signs can be labeled on the consumer product, posted at work places, and newspapers.

Some items that are required for testing are cases for cosmetics, laptops, wallets and organizers. Also clothing, electric products, eyewear/ eyeglasses, food/ food contact products, premium & decorative items. Additionally, jewelry, stationery, journals and planners. Here at Gala Deluxe, all our packaging and products are proposition 65 approved.

April 6, 2019No Comments

Food Grade Box Packaging:

With over 15 years experience in the packaging industry, we at Gala Deluxe are known for custom boxes, retail packaging, and luxury retail packaging. One of our many specialties is food grade packaging, especially for chocolates, macaroons, teas, and coffees.

Our food grade box packaging is printed with soy-based inks so you do not need to worry about toxic substances. Using rigid boxes for chocolates can make a huge difference at retail, providing an elevated aesthetic with luxury packaging.

Utilizing foiling for logos and boarders on custom packaging is minimalistic yet looks high end at the same time. Having your own customized package is one of the best ways to stand out, especially when you are a startup or small business trying to get noticed.

When it comes to food packaging at retail, it is critical to come up with an eye-catching logo and package design. Here, at Gala Deluxe we have our own in-house designers that can assist clients with graphic layouts.

We at Gala DeLuxe also specialize in consolidating shipments from the factory in China to our Los Angeles warehouse. This reduces shipping cost and provides faster transit. Whether you are looking for food grade packaging, custom boxes, retail packaging, or luxury packaging, Gala Deluxe can do it all.

March 30, 2019No Comments

What are the Pros and Cons of Soy Based Ink?

Some people are skeptical about the use of soy-based ink, though soy-based ink is being used more often now. There are actually a lot of pros using soy-based ink, one pro is that it is easier to remove from paper, which means the paper will be less damaged when de-inking. Using soy-based ink on color printing results in more vibrant effects. Soy-based ink can also be reusable when mixing black ink with unused color inks.

Another major pro of soy-based ink is that it minimizes the cost and paper waste. Soy-based ink is very beneficial as it is more user friendly on older printing equipment’s. Here, at Gala Deluxe we use non-smell glue with no lead, soy-based ink that is FDA approved (which is perfect for chocolate and other elidable sweets).

Now that we have mentioned the pros of soy-based ink, here comes the con: soy-based ink takes longer to dry which is more likely to increase risk of the ink rubbing off. Soy-based ink for black ink has a slightly higher cost compared to petroleum-based ink. Metals zinc and barium found on the white and red inks can be toxic if it is not removed properly.

Over all, soy-based ink has more pros than cons as it is perfect to use for food packaging and it requires less work to transition from dark to light colored ink when printing. Gala Deluxe uses a five-color offset printing machine for production which means more accurate color matching. This is perfect for those that are seeking for luxury or simple packaging for the food or any other industry at a great price.