Acucote Expands Acucote Insights Educational Program

Acucote has expanded its popular Acucote Insights program with two additional educational blogs.

As brand owners are looking for long-term sustainable solutions, customers have turned to Acucote for sustainable materials. Acucote Insights #2 provides a brief description of what constitutes FSC®-certified material and how Acucote can support converters with these materials.

Acucote Insights #3 focuses on commonly asked questions surrounding pattern coating adhesives. Pattern adhesive coating is the process of creating lanes of adhesive coverage and lanes with no adhesive coverage across the web of pressure-sensitive paper or film facestocks.

Both of these recent Insights articles also include short video blogs which highlight key points.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We’re very pleased to expand our Acucote Insights program with these two articles. They are a direct result of common questions posed to our Customer Service and Application Development Teams. Putting them all in one easy-to-access place on our website is an efficient way for converters to gain knowledge that helps grow and operate their businesses. ”

For more information, view the Acucote Insights articles here.

Acucote Expands FSCⓇ -Certified Portfolio

Acucote has continued to expand its Forest Stewardship Council(FSC)-certified product portfolio and now offers over 30 FSC-certified materials.

Acucote stocks dye, pigment, UV, HP and Laser digital stocks along with over 30 prime label materials. The portfolio includes gloss and matte papers, foils, mail tabs, a variety of boardstocks, thermal transfer and a handful of liners including layflat. By choosing these products, converters are supporting responsible management of the world’s forests.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “We were honored to pass our Q4 FSC audit and be able to offer this expanded portfolio. Over the past year, we have seen growing demands for sustainable material from our customers who in turn need to meet the requirements of their brand owners.”

If a material is not offered in the standard portfolio, Acucote’s Application Development Team will source additional materials certified by the FSC.  Acucote can also help converters attain Chain of Custody (CoC) certification, by connecting them with printing alliance groups who lend assistance throughout the certification process.

For more information, view the portfolio here.

Pricing, Speed and Flexibility Attracts New Customer to Acucote

Joe Sirak, Director of Finance, ALL-TAG

Joe Sirak, Director of Finance, ALL-TAG

Prototypes for custom samples typically took 3-4 weeks to arrive.  Now, I can call my rep and get something in less than a week”

Here’s a scene that plays out daily across the world. A shoplifter grabs a tee-shirt, stuffs it into his backpack and makes a beeline for the exit. As he nears the door, the activated RF label on the shirt triggers the alarm system and the would-be thief is thwarted. Ever wonder who is behind this process?

Meet ALL-TAG® — a Boca Raton, Florida-based manufacturer of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) products and services designed to help retailers protect their merchandise from shoplifting. ALL-TAG source tags hard goods and apparel, and manufactures custom EAS products tailor-made to help loss prevention professionals reach their specific goals.

Known as the “Source Tagging Experts”, ALL-TAG works directly with stores to develop their specifications and then produces and sells the tags directly to manufacturers. That means that when the product arrives at the store it’s already tagged and ready to activate. ALL-TAG prides itself on helping stores manage their anti-shoplifting programs and getting their requirements directly to packagers and manufacturers. Logistics and distribution expertise clearly differentiate them from off-shore resold tags. And this appeals to their end-use customers in super stores, retail shops, hardware chains, pharmacies and grocery stores as well as to the manufacturers who purchase their labels.

Clear Silver RF Label - Black SpeakerALL-TAG primarily manufactures RF (radio frequency) tags. These tags are simply small electronic devices consisting of a chip and antenna. They emit a loud beep sound when someone attempts to leave a store without paying for the product. RF tags on a product have been proven to reduce theft – which is why many retailers include them on their product packaging.

The company was formed in 1992 in Manage, Belgium and the US subsidiary was opened by current majority owner Stuart Seidel in 2000. It quickly took off, and by 2013, the US operation had outgrown its parent company and become the global headquarters. Today, with 50 employees, offices in the United States, Europe (UK & NL), Mexico and Asia (HK), and a wide array of specialized, proprietary equipment, ALL-TAG has become the second largest global RF label manufacturer. Their innovative and cost-effective EAS solutions are compatible with Acousto-Magnetic (AM) Radio-Frequency and (RF) systems made by Sensormatic®, Checkpoint® Systems and others. ALL-TAG owns over 20 international patents and offers its customers on-hand inventory for fast deliveries – most products ship within two days.

The Challenge

For many years, ALL-TAG had purchased the transfer tape material they needed for their EAS labels from major global manufacturers. Although these companies could supply the product that ALL-TAG needed, they were usually left with the perception that they weren’t big enough to be a key customer for these large substrate suppliers. According to Joe Sirak, Director of Finance, “We couldn’t get answers, samples or prototypes quickly enough.”

Over the years, Sirak attended many trade shows and talked to “…everyone in the industry. They’re always eager, but at the end of the day they can’t seem to meet our requirements for great turnaround and improved pricing.” An industry colleague described Acucote as a fast mover and Sirak decided to give them a test project of a transfer tape with a colored adhesive. He notes that, “We wanted a blue adhesive on the back of most of our labels to distinguish our brand on the shelf.”

The Solution

With that challenge, Acucote’s Application Development Team jumped into gear and quickly sent ALL-TAG a variety of options. The final product (UNIVERSAL TT / SX78 BLUE / 40#N) would ultimately be placed on the majority of ALL-TAG RF labels. Sirak notes, “We were thrilled at the speed of the custom samples. We got everything we needed in just a couple of days.” Production Director Patrick Champion adds that, “ It was a very smooth changeover and took only a couple of rounds of smaller tests – no issues. Acucote reps even came down to Florida to make sure everything ran smoothly.”


Since that initial order, ALL-TAG has sent around six additional projects to Acucote. Sirak notes that, “In the last several years security labels have become more customized – and our customers are requiring special printing, colors and adhesives ” That has set the stage for Acucote to provide a variety of customer-specific anti-shoplifting applications.

image4Sirak describes the smooth process as, “I typically get a project, provide them with the gist and in an overnight package I’ll receive five different adhesive samples to play with – and usually something works.” The customized projects have included an aggressive adhesive, a dry adhesive and a VOID tamper-evident label. He adds that, “prototypes for custom samples typically took 3-4 weeks to arrive. Now, I can call my rep and get something in less than a week”

“Additionally, in true partnership mode Acucote developed unique inventory solutions to help with the demands of our higher volume transfer tapes.” Sirak appreciates the fact that “as soon as I need something it’s as simple as sending an email, and they ship it out overnight and I have it in 2 days.”

ALL-TAG definitely views Acucote as a key contributor to their future growth. With Acucote as a supplier, ALL-TAG has been able to explore new applications that come in daily on their website and put to ease potential supply issues by replacing an off-shore manufacturer.

When asked about the keys to this successful relationship, Sirak quickly mentions “price, flexibility and speed.” He concludes that Acucote is “nimble enough to jump through any hoop to keep us delighted. If I ever have a problem, I can get the president of the company on the phone right away and talk through it. How many other substrate providers can say that?”


Acucote Introduces Wash Off Adhesive

Acucote has introduced WOff, a Wash Off Adhesive. This water-based formula provides debonding of non-recyclable label materials from PET and glass containers – making them recoverable.

Debonding occurs when the container is processed utilizing a water temperature of 88 degrees C/190 degrees fahrenheit or higher with an alkaline solution. This sink/float recycling process cleanly separates the label from the container and PET flakes.

According to Earl Curran, vice president business development, “Brand owners are requiring creative solutions to support sustainability goals. Our WOff adhesive was designed to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy through the separation of non-recyclable label materials. When used in combination with PET or glass containers, it provides a more pure recovery through separation of the label from the container.”

WOff can be paired with 2.6 mil White, 2 mil Clear and 2 mil Metalized Elite Polypropylenes or polyester facestocks. To further reduce environmental impacts, WOff can be utilized with .92, 1.2 or 1.5 mil PET liners that are manufactured with up to 50% recycled content.

WOff is recommended for beverage and household applications where the container will pass through its recycling stream and the PET flake process. It is APEO-free and has excellent clarity when used with clear films.

WOff is available in a custom coat master width x 5,000’.

Acucote Publishes Sustainability Commitment Statement

Acucote has developed and published  “Protecting our Planet:  Acucote’s Commitment to Sustainability.”

The commitment statement begins with this paragraph, “Acucote understands our corporate environmental responsibility. From the way we work to the products we offer, we’re committed to being stewards of the environment. We are actively launching and seeking raw material alternatives to build more sustainable product lines. We have joined environmental and regulatory committees to ensure we are up-to-date with our customers’ needs. Internally, we have teams dedicated to ongoing projects designed to reduce Acucote’s environmental footprint.”

According to John Leath, CEO, “I’m very proud of the progress that Acucote has made working toward a sustainable culture that resonates soundly with our employees, customers and suppliers. It’s important that all companies within the label and packaging industry continue to increase programs that implement processes and develop materials complementary to our global environment. I look forward to continuing this journey and augmenting our portfolio with additional sustainable product offerings in the coming months and years.”

The commitment statement details how sustainability has been incorporated throughout Acucote’s organization and plants and describes their participation in industry organizations.  It delves into product development and provides examples of Acucote’s sourcing of raw material alternatives and current and future development of products which will contribute to goals of reducing, recycling, reusing or renewing materials.

Acucote has dedicated a Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) team to furthering their progress in the sustainable movement. This team is reviewing 2020 and 2021 projects and will be adding measurements and timeframes to support the Acucote Sustainability Commitment.  These goals will be published on the Acucote website as they are finalized.

To read the complete Sustainability Statement, go to


Acucote Joins FLAG as Vendor Partner

FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC) has announced that effective today they have signed a Vendor Partnership with pressure-sensitive manufacturer Acucote, Inc., headquartered in Graham, North Carolina.

Independent converters who belong to FLAG will now benefit from Acucote’s wide variety of custom capabilities which feature a diverse selection of adhesives, facestocks and silicone release systems and are complemented by a broad portfolio of stocked inventory products.

According to John McKay, FLAG President and Founder, “We are proud to welcome Acucote to our group of World Class Vendor Partners. We believe that their custom capabilities, backed by a streamlined application development process, will help our Members to grow their business in value add segments. Bringing on Acucote is an example of how FLAG strives to deliver savings in nearly every area of a label shop.”

Gene Lauffer, Chief Operating Officer, Acucote adds, “Over the years, many of our customers have asked us to join FLAG.  We’re thrilled to now be a Vendor Partner, and look forward to introducing our unique services and broad portfolio to all of FLAG’s converter Members and demonstrating how we can help them achieve solutions to the most difficult labeling challenges.”

For more information on the benefits of FLAG , visit

Acucote Further Expands Pressure-Sensitive Digital Portfolio

Twenty-one new products added to robust portfolio

Acucote has once again expanded its portfolio of pressure-sensitive media for inkjet (UV, dye and pigment), laser/toner and HP print technologies.

A highlight of the digital portfolio is the range of durable labelstocks including Kimdura Ultra film (for pigment printing) and Kimdura DualTech film (for pigment and laser/toner compatible printing). Both of these products are BS5609 Section 2 certified. To obtain BS5609 certification, labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion test in the English Channel. BS5609-certified labels are proven to meet the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.

The digital portfolio also features six new additions to Acucote’s Waterjet line of dye and pigment compatible stocks including 2 mil Gloss Clear Polyester and 4 mil Metallized Polyester/Polypropylene films. New to Acucote’s line are the 12pt Gloss and Matte Boardstock options for both dye and pigment printing. The portfolio expansion also includes Endura Inkjet Durable Papers for pigment, dye and laser/toner print technologies.

The laser and toner compatible portion of the digital portfolio has been expanded with 13 new products: seven new film combinations featuring 2 mil Clear, 2 mil Metallized and 2.6 mil Gloss White Toner Polypropylenes, 3.2 mil Clear Laser Vinyl and 3.5 mil White Laser Vinyl. There are also six new paper combinations utilizing 60# Laser Semi Gloss, 57# Laser High Gloss and Bright Silver Laser Foil.

According to Melissa Harton, product manager, digital media, “Specifications for labelstocks are increasingly becoming more stringent in terms of temperature range, environmental resistance, stronger adhesives and better printability. Over the past years, we’ve seen a gradual shift from strictly laser to pigment-based print systems for outdoor and drum labeling. We’re pleased to expand our portfolio to meet the needs of the fast-growing durables sector as well as support the variety of print methods constantly growing in today’s marketplace.”

Harton continues, “While our digital portfolio of stocked products, certified by leading OEMs, has continued to evolve, what truly differentiates Acucote is our renowned Application Development Team. This team specializes in custom orders – matching up the best facestock, adhesive and liner for the specific print technology and creating innovative and effective solutions to serve our customers’ most demanding digital requirements. And best of all, they will recommend solutions in days, not weeks.”

To view the complete Acucote digital label portfolio visit:

Acucote Introduces Secure Closure Labels for Food Service Providers

Tamper-proof seals generate consumer confidence in take-out and delivery

Acucote has expanded its portfolio of tamper-evident and dry release products to support the heightened security requirements of food service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takeout and the use of food delivery services have increased dramatically. Consumers are now demanding secure closure labels on delivered food containers and packaging. Brands are stepping up to the task by introducing closure labels to indicate that the package was not tampered with after leaving the restaurant or store. Acucote offers a full portfolio of tamper-evident labels and dry release products which provide excellent security solutions for food service providers. Tamper-evident products include frangible papers which tear easily when removed, and film facestocks. These solutions easily serve as closures for bags, cartons and trays and provide evidence of tampering.

Acucote’s Dry Release technologies also serve as food closures, and can provide additional proof-of- tampering. For food closures, Acucote suggests Diamond-Cote® Single Ply products for single-side messaging, and Diamond-Cote® EZ products for two-sided messaging. The newest solution from Acucote is a security feature paired with Diamond-Cote® EZ. Acucote can now provide a customized printed message or logo between the leave behind ply and the pressure-sensitive adhesive that bonds the label to the package. The result is a unique opportunity to convey additional brand identity or a security message on the leave behind film which remains on the food packaging once the closure is removed.

According to Earl Curran, VP Business Development “These turbulent times require rapid development of new solutions for food security and tamper-evidence. We are very pleased to offer our new Diamond-Cote EZ printing capability for added messaging as well as a full portfolio of tamper-evident products to assist US converters in meeting the new requirements in their food service to customers.”

In addition to food security, dry release technology can be utilized to increase loyalty and lock in future business. Dry release coupons can feature incentives for future purchases by displaying a discount or promotional message on the facestock peeled away from the container.

For information on Acucote’s dry release portfolio visit, and for tamper-evident solutions visit

Acucote Introduces “Acucote Insights” Educational Series

Inaugural issue features sustainability

Acucote has introduced “Acucote Insights” – a series of educational brochures designed to help converters navigate complex purchasing decisions. The first issue has just been released and is focused on sustainability.

“Acucote Insights” is the result of the many questions and issues posed by North American converters to Acucote’s Application Development Team. The Application Development Team regularly provides Acucote customers with general guidance on common sustainability terms and product options in order to assist them in taking the next step to solve inquiries from their brand owner customers.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, “In addition to making product recommendations and sourcing new materials, our Application Development Team fields questions about sustainable terms and practices day after day. We’re very pleased to be able to package them in an easy-to-read format and to help converters become more ‘sustainably savvy.’”

Acucote offers a broad portfolio of sustainable facestocks, liners and adhesives. To view the complete Acucote sustainable portfolio and download the “Acucote Insights: Sustainability” visit

Acucote Introduces Broad Stocked Portfolio of Cannabis Label Materials

Converters can now take advantage of one of the fastest growing market segments

Acucote, has expanded its portfolio of stocked label material for the cannabis industry.

The global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach USD 73.6 billion by 2027, and expand at a CAGR of 18.1% according to a new report published by Grand View Research, Inc.

Labels are used in a variety of cannabis applications including CBD Oil, Concentrates, Flowers, Edibles, Extracts, Salves/tinctures, Terpenes and Topicals.

According to Melissa Harton, Marketing Manager, “Increasing legalization of cannabis for medical as well as adult-use is fueling an outstanding growth curve in this market. We created a portfolio of stocked cannabis facestocks, adhesives and liners so that our customers can quickly and easily meet the needs of dispensaries and attract consumer attention.”

The portfolio features a new environmentally friendly facestock, 60# Hemp paper. It is made from 25% hemp and 75% post-consumer wood.

Additional stocked substrates for retail and decorative labels include prime films (2 mil Clear, 2 mil Metallized and 2.6 mil Gloss White Elite BOPPs), variable print films (46# C1S SynthermⓇ), and prime papers (35# C1S Litho, 54# Semi Gloss, and 50# Brown Kraft). Foils and metallized papers are also popular with cannabis producers and Acucote offers bright and dull silver and gold foils and silver metallized paper.

As product security is a major concern in this market, the portfolio also features tamper-evident materials (2.5 mil Silver Scratch Off Polystyrene, 55# Tamper Evident Litho, 2 mil Silver Void PET, 2 mil White Void PET, Syntherm® TE, and 2 mil Clear Acetate UD).

Lastly, the portfolio includes material for plant life cycle labels (Kimdura® Inkjet Ultra and 2.6 mil Matte White Premium TT BOPP) and digitally topcoated materials (for dye, pigment, laser, UV Inkjet and HP presses).

Seven different adhesives are included in the Acucote Cannabis Portfolio including P2000 (durable rubber resin for plant life cycle), P50 (durable acrylic for plant life cycle), CP1 (environmental rubber resin with biodegradable components), SX780 (tackified acrylic for tamper-evident applications), GPX (general purpose permanent acrylic), GPX Blockout (black opaque permanent acrylic) and 31PB (tackified acrylic for tight mandrel applications).

To view the complete Acucote cannabis label materials portfolio visit