Contract Filling & Packaging
RainShadow Labs offers full service in-house filling, labeling, and packaging capabilities. We can fill most bottles, jars, tottles, powder canisters, candle jars, votives, and tubes. We can provide complete finished product packaging and filling, including unit cartons; lot stamping for boxes; pre-tied ribbons; stickers; bagging finished product; case packaging; wrapping in tissue paper; wrapping in bubble wrap; and any other fine detail for your package. Rainshadow Labs is unable to fill product that has not been manufactured here at our facility. We are also unable to fill aluminum tubes. Minimum run requirements are 25 gallons for wet products or 200 lbs for dry products.
We will need the following information and components from you before we are able to provide you with a quote for custom filling:
- 20 of each container type with the product fill line marked on the bottle
- 20 of each finishing component (ribbons, unit cartons, etc.)
- 20 of each label (your label company should be able to produce blank labels that will give a representation of your finished label size).
- The Drop Fill Sample Packaging Submission Form
Labels and what you need to know:
Machine Label Specifications
Roll Core Inside Diameter: 3” or 76mm
Roll Outer Diameter: 9.84” max or 250mm max
Backing Paper: Kraft Paper Backing – Anti Static Backing Recommended (not choosing anti static may result in bubbles between the label and the container.
Gap Between Labels: 0.12” (3mm) Minimum Gap -- 0.19” (5mm) Maximum Gap **Gap must not exceed 0.196” (5mm)
· gap required from bottle shoulder to top of label - minimum of 1/4" from the end of the curve
· gap required from bottle bottom to bottom of label - minimum of 1/4" from the end of the curve
· gap required between label ends for wrap - 1/8" - 1/4" gap
Width of Label: 0.50” (13mm) to 4.72” (120mm)
Width of Backing Paper: Label Width + 0.015” (4mm)
Length of Label: 0.590” – 11.81”
Label Wind Direction:
· Single Label or Front Label for Double Sided - #4 Left Side Off Outside Peel
· Back Label for Double Sided - #3 Right Side Off Outside Peel
Adhesive: Consult with your label supplier regarding the type of material your packaging is made of to assure proper bonding of the label.
**IMPORTANT: Container design varies widely by material and vendor. It is imperative that you consult with your label supplier to address variations in your packaging (i.e bottle tapers, convex jar waists, etc) to ensure a uniform fit on your container.
Call your local label company to design your own or contact one of our preferred label vendors located on our Label and Packaging Vendor page .
Do your homework. Please check out the FDA website http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/labeling/default.htm for up-to-date information on labeling requirements. We will evaluate your label for your ingredient decks and proper fill quantities, but we will not get involved in any marketing or labeling claims.
- When making your labels, allow extra time to get them to us. Your production time quote does not start until we receive all items to be used in your order production such as labels, bottles, fragrance, or special ingredients.
- Paper labels should be coated with a UV or similar coating to avoid scuffing of the label in transport. It is preferable for toiletries with paper labels to have a coating to guard against smearing when they come in contact with moisture. Consult your label professional for additional help.
- Make sure your label company tests its adhesive on the type of bottle you are using, whether ours or other packaging.
- We must see and approve the shape and size of your labels prior to quoting pricing and scheduling on a production run. Odd shapes or sizes may not fit on our assembly machine and may require hand labeling, which is more expensive.
- The label core size required to fit on our machine is a 3 core. Please let your label company know.
- Ship the labels to: RainShadow Labs, Attn: Your Business Name.
We will require all relevant packaging and labeling materials to have arrived in-house, along with a signed contract and deposit before your order will be entered into our production schedule. Please allow 3-8 weeks for completion of your order.
RainShadow Labs will NOT warehouse your unused packaging materials here at our facility in between orders. Once your order ships, your remaining packaging will be shipped back to you or to your offsite storage facility of choice. Please notify us of where you would like to have your packaging shipped. We will invoice $100.00 per month for each pallet of customer supplied packaging if we are forced to hold onto your packaging for you.
For your convenience, RSL can offer the following additional handling options for an hourly fee of $35.00:
Inventory counts and information gathering for your packaging components
Prepare your packaging components for shipment
Local Storage Facilitation - We will carry your packaging from your purchased U-Store Storage unit to RainShadow Labs for use on an existing fill order, then return unused packaging to your storage unit when you order is complete
To inquire about local storage units, please contact U-Store at 503-366-8041
Weights and Measures:
You can use these measurement equivalents on your labels. FDA requirement does say to have both ounces and ml conversions on your personal care product labels (for more information on FDA requirements see http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/labeling/default.htm)