New Video Shows How A&J Bakery, Rhode Island's Gluten-Free Bakery, Avoids Delays by Making its Own Allergen-Warning Labels

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For labeling all of their gluten-free baked goods, frozen foods, candy, and gluten-free ingredients, A&J Bakery of Cranston, RI uses the Kiaro! label printer to create eye-catching, logo-branded nutrition facts labels that inform customers about any potential allergens.

A&J Bakery CEO Joe Hitzemann discusses gluten-free bakery labeling

A&J Bakery CEO Joe Hitzemann discusses gluten-free bakery labeling

If you did a blind taste test of our biscotti, our brownies, or most of our products and non-gluten free versions, you would not be able to tell the difference. Even though it’s allergen-free, it’s definitely not taste-free.

QuickLabel Systems, an Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) business unit, has released a video interview with A&J Bakery to document how the maker of allergen and gluten-free pastries, prepared foods, and ingredients has increased their production speed, reduced their costs, and improved their labels by using a Kiaro! label printer to print all of their own labels.

The new video can be viewed on the QuickLabel website, on the QuickLabel blog, and on QuickLabel’s YouTube channel.
A&J Bakery, a family owned business located in Cranston, Rhode Island, caters to those with food allergies as well as those who eat gluten-free by choice. Most of the foods made by A&J Bakery are free of all eight major allergens recognized by the FDA, including everything from fresh-baked nut and gluten free pies and pastry to frozen pizza and prepared foods.

“If you did a blind taste test of our biscotti, our brownies, or most of our products and non-gluten free versions, you would not be able to tell the difference. Even though it’s allergen-free, it’s definitely not taste-free,” said Joe Hitzemann, CEO of A&J Bakery.

A&J Bakery initially relied on a local commercial print shop for their short-run bakery labels, but eventually decided that it could not accept the lagging delivery dates. According to Hitzemann, “When they started selling to bigger customers, we got pushed to the side. When I wanted 500 of a label, I would have to wait 4 to 6 weeks. Now, with the Kiaro!, I print 500 labels within less than 10 minutes, and I’m good to go.”

Relying on a Kiaro! Label printer for every label

By printing their own labels, Hitzemann says A&J Bakery discovered that they no longer need to worry about being a low priority for a commercial print shop, or be concerned with delivery problems caused by not having the correct labels on-hand. Instead, says Hitzemann, A&J Bakery can print his short-run labels in the exact quantity he needs, whenever he needs them.

On-Demand Short-run labeling every product

Preparing an entire menu of gluten-free and allergen-friendly foods means that the selection at A&J is large, and the demand for different labels must be equally vast. The family-owned business requires a different label for each product. With their Kiaro! label printer, A&J Bakery prints all of their labels, with variable ingredients lists, changing products and descriptions, and greatly differing batch sizes. Hitzemann has discovered that whether they are in need of 10 brownie labels, or 100 labels for frozen gluten-free pizzas, the Kiaro! can print the exact number of labels the bakery needs.

About A&J Bakery

A & J Bakery is a family-owned-and-operated Nut and Gluten-Free bakery with more than 25 years of combined experience. From biscotti to a myriad of cookie trays and custom birthday cakes, A&J offers foods that are both affordable and creative. Both A&J owners learned the trade in vocational school, and then went on to attend Johnson & Wales University and job experiences in Providence, RI and Nashville, TN. From these experiences, they invented a delicious new recipe for nut-free and gluten-free biscotti, incorporating a number of different recipes you won’t find in any other bakery. A&J Bakery is a dedicated nut and gluten free facility. To place an order from A&J Bakery, visit: http://www.shopaandjbakery.com.

About QuickLabel Systems and Astro-Med, Inc.    

QuickLabel Systems is a leading manufacturer of digital color label printers used by manufacturers and processors who want to print their own labels in-house, as well as barcode label printers, thermal transfer ribbon, labels, and custom label printing services. QuickLabel Systems is a brand of Astro-Med, Inc., a manufacturer of high tech specialty printing systems and data acquisition systems for test and measurement. Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALOT) is a member of the Russell Microcap® Index. Additional information is available by visiting http://www.QuickLabel.com. Keep up with QuickLabel Systems on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/QuickLabel and on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/QuickLabel.

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