Following public comment periods in two separate cases, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has approved final consent orders settling charges that iSpring Water Systems, LLC, a Georgia-based distributor of water filtration systems, and Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based distributor of pulley block systems, made misleading Made-in-the-USA claims. Read more
“Made in America” isn’t just the name of a song anymore. Whether out of a sense of patriotism, a desire to help the American economy or the belief that U.S.-made products are of higher quality, consumers of everything from clothes to computers increasingly want to see a “Made in the USA” sticker on the items they buy. Read more
As it turns out, a flag label doesn’t guarantee that a product was born in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” A recent Consumer Reports survey found that 8 out of 10 consumers would rather buy a domestically made product than an imported one, but it’s difficult to figure out which are the frauds. Read more
(updated June 30, 2016) On a gloomy morning in March, an insistent rain fell on the dull gray and smoky brown buildings of South Seattle’s industrial Georgetown neighborhood. But at the back of a former brewery, a different palette reigned. Bursts of yellow corylopsis gave way to pale magenta hellebores and pink cherry blossoms. Read more
Made in USA. Three little words, with a not so little impact! Read more
California long required that any manufacturer wanting to say that a product is made in America must, in fact, have a product that’s made in America. Read more
CERTIFIED, Inc. (madeinusa.net), the nation’s leading independent, non-governmental organization (NGO) certification company Made in USA claims, reported today that KLEAR VU CORPORATION of Fall River, Massachusetts has earned a Made in USA CERTIFIED® Seal for its quality Delightfill® chair pad and chair pad gripper line, fully documenting these products comply with the qualification and quantification that all or virtually all of the product components originate in the United States. Read more
CERTIFIED, Inc. (madeinusa.net), the nation’s leading independent, non-governmental organization (NGO) certification company for Country of Origin claims, reported today that ZEIGLER’S has earned a Product of USA CERTIFIEDTM Seal for its natural Apple Cider, the first such cider to qualify after a detailed supply chain audit that documents all components and processes. Such certification will reinforce to consumers the quality of ZEIGLER’S Apple Cider. Read more
Want To Increase Sales?
Simple Answer: CERTIFY Your Products as MADE IN USA CERTIFIED!
Retailers that listen to the demands of the public often find the very best ways of delivering the products wanted by their customers. Today, 80% of Americans have stated they prefer to buy goods MADE IN THE USA and would even pay more for them1. Some companies have tried to fool the public by falsely applying a “Made in USA” sticker, but HOW DO YOU KNOW that what you buy was actually MADE in the USA? Read more
Example: Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company was founded in 1989 in Vero Beach, FL in a small building across from the packinghouse. Marygrace Sexton the founder (also affectionately called the OJ Queen) and her brother, John Martinelli were the only full time employees at that time. MaryGrace was intent on creating a product that used the world’s best fruit from Florida to produce the best fresh-squeezed juice.
Her husband, Bobby Sexton, was a fifth-generation citrus man and grandson of citrus pioneer and legendary developer Waldo Sexton. Bobby, graduated from the University of Florida and was busy running the family’s packinghouse. Marygrace was determined to take this idea to fruition. Bobby knew the citrus industry inside and out and Marygrace was a perfectionist with an intense business background.
From marketing her fresh-squeezed juice to the Miami fruit market in the middle of the night to borrowing a refrigerated truck to deliver the first order of fruit juice Thanksgiving week in 1990, Marygrace was unwavering her plan to put her fresh-squeezed juice on everyone’s table.
Quickly Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice had grown from a small local operation to having distribution in small and large grocers all around the Nation. Natalie’s found itself competing against big name corporate juice giants that claimed to be “Made in USA” and had huge marketing budgets that Natalie’s just couldn’t compete with.
Natalie’s wanted to set themselves apart and compete with the ‘big boys’ in the juice industry. They needed an edge, a marketing differentiator. So, in walked Made in USA Certified with the “Solution” to help them supercharge their marketing, increase their sales and help them open doors to big contracts.
In 2009 marketing genius John Martinelli saw the vision and understood the power and engaged with Made in USA Certified to achieve the Product of USA Certified seal. Natalie’s was granted certification and quickly began using the seal on their site and on the product packaging labels, product tops, business cards and marketing materials. The response they received from consumers was amazing.
Retailers loved it and Natalie’s over the last 5 years has substantially increased sales and market share and now you can too![p][/p]
The certification process Natalie’s went through was simple and below is an example of how our certification process works.
Potential client contacts Made in USA Certified, Inc. (USA-C) to request a quote for the price of certification.
Made in USA Certified, Inc. (USA-C) sends customized quote to customer. Customer pays online.
Made in USA Certified, Inc. (USA-C™) sends to customer initial documents to digitally sign & return.
Made in USA Certified, Inc. (USA-C™) sends Vendor/Supply Chain Forms to client to fill out supplier names of every component/ingredient, and cost value % of component to entire product, and contact information for all suppliers.
Products to be certified are assigned a Unique ID#. Determination is made and appropriate (USA-C™) seal or seals are provided to client or a denial letter is issued.
Congratulatory Letter, Official Certificate of Compliance, Graphics of Seals w/ Unique ID# and Style Guide are sent out to client.
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The Value in Made in USA Certification
CERTIFIED clients can’t stop raving about how they have increased contract acquisition and profits. Certified Made in USA improves sales and customer loyalty. Read it for yourself:
“In a competitive environment, Made In USA Certified is another opportunity for differentiation, it’s also one of our most popular marketing initiatives & is one of the key reasons the EarthWise Group had sales growth of 37% over the last two years.”
MARK DAVIS, 2015 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE EARTHWISE GROUP
Increase close rates with a trusted Made in USA Certified seal!
ABOUT CERTIFIED, INC.
CERTIFIED Inc. is the United States’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and independent 3rd party Certification Source for “Made in USA, Product of USA – Country of Origin Claims”. The CERTIFIED Technology team are experienced professionals with extensive, pioneering backgrounds in systems integration, software development, encryption, load balancing, electronic signatures, and data collections and national analysis… all on a worldwide scale who have developed a proprietary system of certification authentication, big data recovery and analysis.
WHY MADE IN USA MATTERS
Your customers will ask for USA-Made products because they know American manufacturing is a big deal – it supports over 17 million jobs across the country and contributes over 12% to U.S. GDP. Buying products with the Made in USA label keeps those jobs going, and keeps our economy thriving. And, when you buy a product made in the USA, you can be sure you’re getting American quality and not a cheap, foreign knock-off. So be ready to show customers your Made in USA products.