Product Labeling

Bar Coding: Has a retailer asked you to use a U.P.C. (Universal Product Code) or a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) for your product? Visit the GS1 US website for more information on how to apply for membership and receive a GS1 Company Prefix that allows you to build many unique and authentic U.P.C. barcode numbers. GS1 US (f.k.a., Uniform Code Council) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to implementing global standards in the product supply chain.

Made in USA: ”Made in USA” means that “all or virtually all” the product was, indeed, made in America. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the standard to ensure commercial compliance and confirm consumer confidence. In contrast, the U.S. Customs Service oversees the requirements that imported goods be marked with a foreign country of origin (for example, “Made in China”).

Made in Hawai’i: Items sold as “Hawaii-made” products must have at least 51% of its wholesale value added by activity done in Hawaii. These legal standards are enforced by the Department of Agriculture’s Measurement Standards Branch. That Branch also oversees many other standards regarding product labeling, including the use of the “Grown in Hawaii” seal.

Made in Maui: The Maui Chamber of Commerce’s Made in Maui Trade Council is a member organization of 73 businesses. Their trademarked “Made in Maui” seal is a sign to the consumer of a product’s local Maui origin and that at least 51% of the value added to the product was done on Maui.

Kaua’i Made: The Kaua’i county Office of Economic Development offers a permit for the use of a Kaua’i Made logo for qualifying products. Visit their site to obtain a Kaua’i Made Program Application.

Moloka’i Made in Hawaii: The Molokai Made in Hawaii Council is a committee of The Molokai Chamber of Commerce with over 50 business members. Their trademarked “Molokai, Made in Hawaii” seal is a sign to the consumer of a product’s local Molokai origin and that at least 51% of the value added to the product was done and/or made on Molokai.

Food, Drug & Cosmetic Labeling: The State of Hawaii Dept. of Health’s Food & Drug Branch safeguards public health by ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and related consumer products are safe, effective and properly labeled.