The links below will allow you to download our free label templates. Although designed for honey they can of course be adapted for other products such as jam or chutney. These templates are designed to be used with the free label printing software Avery Design Pro Lite which you can download by clicking here. This application is fairly easy to use but as sheets of labels are not cheap always print out your first attempts onto plain paper and put the paper under a sheet of labels and then hold it up to the light. This will allow you to check alignment and ensure labels are not wasted. You should also run printer calibration which you can find under the File menu of the application.
12oz Label with small skep and bee image
8oz label with small skep and bee image
The templates are filled with dummy information which will of course have to be edited by yourself to show your details etc. The text is held in a number of text boxes and to access them you should click on the required text. If you keep selecting the wrong text right click on the text you don't want and select Order and then Send to Back. This will bring the text box you want forward so it can be more easily selected. These labels meet the legal requirements for honey labeling in the UK. A full address is not required but it should be possible to locate you. House number and postcode alone are sufficient but your customers will probably prefer a little more detail if you are offering the honey as a local product. The "Produce of" in the top right can of course be changed to either UK, Scotland, Wales etc., as appropriate but you cannot put a county name here. If you wish to refer to your county this is best shown as part of the title, for example, "Yorkshire Honey" instead of the "Local Honey" shown on the templates.
Do not add any images of flowers unless you know the bees were foraging on those flowers. If you wish to say your honey is from a specific flower the regulations state the honey should come predominantly from that flower which though not defined implies more than 50%.
The only text which you can safely delete is the website address, the "store at room temperature" and the "not suitable for infants". The latter is not a legal requirement but is recommended under the voluntary code of practice referred to in the Honey Regulations 2003 which you can see here. The lot number in the top left hand corner is in the form L.12345. The "12345" should be replaced by a lot number of your choosing, for example 310810 could reflect the date of extraction but the "L." should always be left at the start of the lot number. In place of a lot number you may also use a "Best Before" date but as there rarely seems to be any agreement amongst beekeepers on the shelf life of honey we recommend a lot number. The artwork can of course be deleted if not required. The font may also be changed but we do not advise changing the font or font size of the weights in the bottom left hand corner of the labels.
The 16oz and 12oz labels are designed to be used with labels 75mm by 50mm, 10 labels per sheet obtainable from AA Labels. The general part number for this sheet is AAE010. You can find these labels on the AA website (www.aalabels.com) by looking under address labels or by typing the part number AAE010 into the search box.
The 8oz labels use sheets of 18 labels 63.5mm by 46.6mm which are obtainable from the same company under the part number AAS018.
If you use labels from another supplier these templates are unlikely to work as the margins and spacing between the labels may differ.
Labels are available in a variety of colours including peelable lablels which we have found excellent for honey as it allows the customer to easily remove the label prior to washing and recycling the jar. However, these peelable labels are not suitable for products which are going to be kept in the refrigerator because if they get damp when the jar is taken out through condensation - the labels fall off!
The best labels are printed by a laser printer. An ink jet printer can be used but the ink is not usually waterproof and will tend to smudge if handled. Photocopying will also work although the results are unlikely to be as sharp as a laser printer.
Where possible set your printer to print at the highest quality and where available (for example on some laser printers) use the multi-purpose feeder to load the labels and open up any flap to allow the printed sheet to exit the printer with the minimum of bending.
These labels are free to use and distribute for personal or professional use but neither they or the artwork may be sold.
Artwork is not essential for labels. You can see some interesting designs using plain text only at this website. Our templates are provided with Ariel font but you can easily change it. For example, if you want a curly script try Betsy although you may have to alter the font size and switch to bold to get the best effect.
If you have you own designs for use with labels from other suppliers and would like to share your templates with other beekeepers please let us know. We would be happy to give you an attribution if you wish. Likewise, if you have any suitable artwork you would like us to share please pass them on to us, and as with the labels, full attribution will be given if required, which could include a link to the artist's website.