Q: What is the shelf life for dog treats without preservatives? How long will they last?
A: Today, customers prefer natural dog treats made without artificial preservatives. There are natural preservatives available.
Some hints for longer lasting pet treats:
Try to use a recipe without fat or moisture for longer lasting pet treats. Fat spoils. Moisture increases risk of molding.
Consider consulting with a packaging company to find out which packaging options are the best to keep your baked goods fresh. There are cheap packages and there are functional packages. Try to find a package that will be air tight and block out light from hitting the item inside.
Test the package yourself to see how it works. Does it hold up to changes in temperature? Does it protect the items from being ruined by moisture?
Leave a packaged item out on your counter and see how long it actually stays “fresh”.
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What is the most economical way to make business labels for my dog products? I have software to print the labels but that gets expensive. I would like to add more color to my name labels but the ink also gets expensive.
The best way to save money is to have your labels printed in bulk by a printer. Find a local printer with whom you can establish a relationship or look for online companies that specialize in labels. The way to save money is to print quantity. The more labels you print, the lower the cost will be per label.
Consider printing your logo in color. You can use this label for all of your products. You can even stick it on packages that you ship so that the recipient sees right away that the package is coming from you!
If you offer various flavors of dog treats, you may choose to print those up on your own with simple black ink especially if you might change your ingredients or offerings. Otherwise, you could end up with leftover labels that you cannot use.
Another idea is to use printed packaging. However, the same rule applies: large quantities will make the cost economical.
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Q: A competitor is copying my packaging and taking my wording that I use for my dog treats on the packages and my website. This person lives is in the same city and has even bought from me. It is frustrating because I am the one doing the work. Is there anything I can do about it?
A: All great products will be copied sooner or later. So feel flattered! Figure out what sets you apart from everyone else and promote the difference.
Do you make peanut butter dog treats using your own special homemade peanut butter?
Do you give out a bone shaped balloon with every dog birthday cake?
Do you have a unique decorating technique for your dog treats?There are certain bakers who are so consistent with their decorating technique and colors that you can look at a treat and know it came from them. Do you use sophisticated recipes because you understand how to use ingredients correctly?
As I am not an attorney, this is not legal advice, but rather ideas and recommendations from other dog treat business owners.
Commercial packaging is not original nor unique. Create an original logo and trademark it. Make labels with your trademarked logo and put them on your packages. Your competitor can do the same, but the logos will set you apart. You cannot prevent someone from buying the same stock.
You can create original packaging with specific artwork which can be trademarked, but it will not be cheap.
Wording on websites can be similar. To set your business apart, use a consistent style that will become associated with you.
The best thing to do is to keep moving forward with your amazing business. And remember: Losers are not copied. The fact that you have a copycat means you are successful and on the right track! Keep taking the time and effort to create quality. This will show throughout your products and services.
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