Global collaborative solutions provider Trace One has announced the launch of a new version of its Packaging Portal, in a bid to help packaging retailers prepare for the new EU labelling laws.
The portal has been designed to help retailers amend their packaging specifications within the framework of the new regulations on food labelling.
As part of the regulations, food product packaging will be required to include additional information such as the energy value and the amount of certain nutrients such as fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar and salt.
It's now mandatory for distributors to ensure that each product is labelled consistently, which is likely to lead to the revision of packaging for a large number different products.
The portal adds the capacity to manage long-rang product lines, by enabling distributors to hasten the development of major projects and cut down time to market by 20%.
Trace One's Packaging Portal addresses long-range product management to deal with the problem of maintenance of long range product information across various ranges.
According to Trace One, there is replication of information in both the design phase and specification of the materials used throughout product ranges, with slight variations needed to make minor changes such as size of a container or colour of a lipstick.
The Packaging Portal allows retailers to increase productivity, besides reducing delays in the product design phase.
Trace One Northern Europe senior vice president Nick Martin said the need is to improve operational efficiency for long-range products as identified by the company.
"We therefore sought to improve our Packaging Portal and provide the first solution to manage the collaborative design process for all product categories," Martin said.
With the latest Packaging Portal version, retailers can make changes to various references within the same project, and can duplicate some or all of the steps while creating product references, and save time in the packaging creation process.
Retailers can also review the packaging details of all their products quickly through proofing tools and integrated web collaboration, while designers can manage multiple projects using the same resources and to collaborate on a single document in real time.