Constantia Flexibles converts ACL to a pressure sensitive label, while maintaining tactility

Distell brand Savanna is one of the world’s largest selling ciders and South Africa’s leading cider export, available in more than 60 countries. After 18 years the ACL decorated pack required an upgrade. Constantia Flexibles, South Africa were tasked with converting the bottle decoration from ACL to a pressure sensitive label, while maintaining the same level of tactility.

Initially, Constantia’s challenge was to achieve the correct tactility while maintaining a consistent roll profile, in order to accommodate the high speed applicators. After extensive testing, the technical team were able to identify a suitable tactile height, combined with high quality visuals.

“The move from ACL to PSL improved the overall tactility of the label.  The green ink also appeared to be much fresher when compared to ACL inks.  Furthermore, PSL label application allows the brand to be more flexible within the supply chain as well as promotional designs.” Tania Kotze, Distell.

The Constantia team were closely involved with the label development from inception. A single label was proposed for the front of the bottle but, after research and development, the option for two labels was favoured. The main front label is refined with a clean finish. The small, lower base label isolates the variant name which allows it to stand out more prominently.

Simultaneously to this project, Distell tasked Constantia with migrating their popular brand of Hunters from paper to PSL. The implementation of this project was very successful, moving 8 brands into PSL without any inconvenience to the business.