Typical elements of a Zebra food labelling solution
A solution for food labelling compliance comprises a printer, labelling software and suitable media.
Zebra is able to offer the ideal printer depending on the number of labels required per day. Our G series printers provide a compact, easy to use solution for on-demand label printing in low-volume manufacturing or at point of delivery in retail.
Users who need to print 1,600 labels or more per day at a single point should consider Zebra’s new ZT series printers, either the ZT400 or the ZT200 which not only offer high speed and durability, but also a host of remote (cloud) connectivity and other Link-OS functions.
Together with the printer, Zebra provides suitable labelling software
For organisations producing static product labels – especially the new requirement for ‘source’ information on meat and other animal products in retail – ZebraDesignerPro provides a simple and cost effective solution.
Users who are managing dynamic labelling and need to highlight allergens in their ingredients list should take a look at Zebra Partner NiceLabel who provides software which enables a smooth and easy upgrade path for Zebra Designer users. NiceLabel software loads Zebra Designer format files and is compatible with Zebra’s Windows drivers.
Label media is a key part of any food labelling solution – it is not a case of “any label will do”. Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 sets out the rules on chemical migration from all materials and articles in contact with food. It includes provisions for materials and articles that are expected to come into contact with foods or to transfer their constituents to food (such as printing inks and adhesive labels).
Zebra has a wide variety of supplies suitable for food labelling (see our ‘Food labelling approvals_supplies guide’ for a list of the Zebra media materials for use in food applications and where you can use them).
With Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for direct and in-direct food contact, many of our standard, stocked label items are quick and easy to order with a minimum order quantity of only 1 box. For a more bespoke label design, Zebra can customise a range of different label materials to include your company logo, branding and other images, with a selection of adhesives from permanent to removable, high tack to deep freeze.