Coding for nude food
Pyrotec - Jul 24th, 09:17
According to Pick n Pay, 13 stores now feature plastic and packaging-free produce zones they call the ‘nude zone’. This initiative forms part of a trial to determine whether customers can be convinced to switch from pre-packaged food to buying loose products.
"Pick n Pay wants to increase the sale of loose products, which now account for just 10% of all fruit and vegetables sold in its stores," says Paula Disberry, a retail executive at Pick n Pay.
Paula adds that further innovation comes in the form of laser-etched veggies, such as sweet potatoes, gem squash and butternut, to reduce printing plastic labels.
Markem-Imaje, locally represented by Pyrotec PackMark, has already developed a customised inkjet printer for applications in the same vein, in this case, egg production. The coder is capable of coding over 250 000 eggs per hour on an eight-track grading machine. Thanks to a specific communications protocol, the solution eliminates operator mistakes while automatic cleaning and smart consumables systems helps to maximise quality and uptime.
Codes printed directly onto eggs contain useful safety and traceability information such as best before dates and farm identification. This coding fulfills a legal obligation in many countries and, even where not legally required, some producers choose to include this kind of information, sometimes augmented by logos, as a way of differentiating their eggs as coming from a trustworthy source.
Markem-Imaje’s 9000 Series of small character inkjet coders are full-featured printers that are designed for demanding manufacturing environments, general-purpose, and very specific applications, such as high-contrast and high-performance marking. Markets for these coders include food, beverage, cosmetics, toiletries, electrical equipment, electronics, cables, tubes, and profiles.
The consumables for the 9000 Series are designed to print on all types of substrates (plastics, glass, metal, cardboard and directly onto food) from standard to specific applications, including food grade, sterilisation, UV cure, and egg coding to name a few. They are also available in a wide variety of colours, and a choice of alcohol-based, water-based, ketone-free and MEK-free inks.
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