Packaging and Labelling
Packaging protects your product from physical damage and chemical or microbiological contamination. It provides a medium for your advertising message, and is one of the greatest influences on a consumer's decision to buy. It is an important part of your new business.
The Packaging Association of Canada unites the design, supply and user sectors of the packaging industry, including:
- food and grocery products - both national and private labels
- beverages, including soft drinks, juices, beer, liquor, milk, tea and coffee
- pharmaceutical formulations, cosmetics and personal care items.
Labelling is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Requirements vary. In general, they include:
- product identity
- weight or volume
- manufacturer information
- best-before date if shelf-life is 90 days or less
- storage instructions if applicable
- nutritional information
- bilingual labels
- UPC Codes.
A Nutrition Labelling Toolkit is available from CFIA.
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300