Lori’s Original Lemonade produces a line of organic infused artisanal lemonades using lavender, ginger and lemongrass that started as a recipe for Lori’s kids’ lemonade stand 15 years ago. When she decided to commercialize the lemonades in 2012 to help pay for her kids’ college expenses after she lost her job, one of her packaging challenges was finding a label printer that met her high standards but didn’t have high minimum requirements.

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Lori was referred to Fort Dearborn Company from the co-packer she wanted to use to fill and bottle her lemonade. Having run our labels on their equipment for other customers, they were confident we would have a solution to fit her needs.

After understanding Lori’s label design, we suggested that she utilize our Synthetic Combination Program as it would fit her needs perfectly. By grouping her labels with other labels from multiple companies on the same sheet, she would be able to order only the quantity she needs along with receiving competitive pricing.

Just recently, Lori’s Lavender Lemonade won the Beverage World’s Best in Show and Gold BevStar Awards!


  • Flexibility to order only what is needed as each SKU grows
  • High end label differentiates her premium product from national brands on shelf
  • Maximizes working capital with competitive pricing

You can’t beat my pricing through the combination program. Labels are the part of my supply chain I don’t have to worry about, the piece of my pie that is set and that is such a great feeling. Everyone at Fort Dearborn has been extremely helpful since the beginning of this journey.

– Lori Volk, Owner, Lori’s Original Lemonade