Allowable Revisions to Approved COLA

Make quick reasonable changes to your labels without applying for a new Certificate of Label Approval or COLA.
Allowable Revisions to Approved COLA - Articles


Under the new expansion you're able to make very specifically outlined changes to:

  • Your promotional graphics
  • A claim of a rating, award or recognition
  • Organic labels
  • Your sulfite statement
  • Batch numbers
  • Instruction on how to consume or serve your beverage

Here is the breakdown of what you are allowed to change in each of these categories:

Promotional Graphics

In the graphics category you're able to delete or change sponsorship graphics including logos, artwork, dates, event location or other information related to a specific sponsorship. However, just be sure to check with your sponsor first to be sure any revisions are allowed by your partnering third party. It's always good to keep records of label or graphic changes on file in case you need to refer to them in the future.

Claim of a Rating, Award or Recognition

This amendment also allows you to change, add or delete a label or sticker that provides information about a rating or recognition you may have received. Just be sure to not make any specific substantive claims about the product or your competitors. It's always best to be fair to the competition.

Organic Labels

Additionally you have the option to delete all organic references from your label. However, if you delete one claim you must delete them all. The deletion of individual references or certifications of organic claims is not permitted without a new COLA.

Sulfite Statement

To change your sulfite statement the rule provides choices. You can choose from any of the options listed below but make sure they are exact!

Example of Sulfite Statement

  • "Contains Sulfites"
  • "Contains (a) Sulfiting Agent(s)"
  • "Contains [name of specific sulfating agent]"
  • "Contains Naturally Occurring and Added Sulfites"
  • "Contains Naturally Occurring Sulfites"
  • "Sulphites" may be used in lieu of "Sulfites"

Batch Number

You are also able to change your information regarding batch numbers. This allows for the addition, deletion or alteration of information about the number of bottles you have produced per batch.

Example of Batch Number

Instructions on how to consume or serve your beverage

Lastly, you are able to choose from a list of approved statements instructing consumers on how to serve your product.

  • "Refrigerate After Opening"
  • "Do Not Store in Direct Sunlight"
  • "Best if Frozen for ___ to ___ Hours"
  • "Shake Well"
  • "Pour Over Ice"
  • "Best When Chilled"
  • "Best Served Chilled"
  • "Serve Chilled"
  • "Serve at Room Temperature"

Just remember the seven topics covered here are an expanded allowable list of changes to your label that do not require you to reapply for your Certification of Label Approval. Happy cider making!