We are in the same boat. However, because we do mainly private labeling, the option to update packaging has been passed along to our customer. They either choose to pay the cost to update the packaging or choose not to send products to distribution centers in that state.
With a small company, new packaging can be an enormous cost. There is also the option work with existing packaging for all other states while creating new packaging for Vermont specifically. However with that option, some tight controls need to be added so there are no mistakes out on the floor during packaging.
I have not researched extensively so I don't know if this is a real possibility, but have you looked into whether or not you can add on a label that states whether or not its non-gmo? An added label to the package isn't the prettiest, but sometimes when you're a small guy, it can be cost effective.
35. Can a sticker or stamp containing the required GE disclosure be placed on a product’s label to bring it into compliance?
Yes, it is acceptable for the required disclosure to appear on a product in the form of either a sticker or stamp as long as all disclosure criteria are met, and the sticker or stamp is such that it results in all disclosure criteria being present on the product when it is offered for retail sale
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41. What happens if a retailer in Vermont offers for sale a non-compliant product that it purchased out of state and was never meant for distribution in Vermont?
All products offered for retail sale within Vermont retail premises must be labeled in compliance with the GE labeling law, regardless of whether the product was originally distributed into Vermont.
43. If I already have a product on my shelves that does not meet the GE Labeling Law’s requirements, and that product does not sell before January 1, 2017, can I be fined for keeping the product on its shelf past that date?
Generally, if the product is a packaged processed food, no, compliance with the labeling law would be the manufacturer’s responsibility.
The attempts at enforcement should be interesting. But if the people of VT that pushed this through are smart, they'll go after us little guys first.