Industrial Ink: Candy & Confections Coding and Labeling

Candies and confections are packaged in a variety of container types. The latest trend is moving towards re-closable bags, like most other food products today. Candies and confections are also packaged in plastic wrappers inside a box or bag to further protect these delicious treats and preserve the flavors.

Coding and labeling play a major role in the packaging of candy and confections. That makes it of utmost importance that the industrial ink technologies used for labeling and coding confections and candies are easy to use, versatile enough to adapt to evolving product lines, and reliable. Code requirements such as batch codes, dates, and other identifying codes must also be clear, easy to read, accurate, and meet food regulation standards.

Labeling

The labels used on these sweet treats have a major impact on how consumers view the product. The goal of the labeling and coding company is to provide cost-effective labels that stand out aesthetically, so they are appealing to today’s consumer, while meeting labeling requirements. This should include the following considerations.

  • Quality labels in any size and shape for all types of surfaces
  • Blank thermal labels used to imprint FDA-required information and nutrition labels so that candy and confectionery products conform to industry and food safety requirements
  • High-quality inks and colors across a broad variety of substrates
  • Digital printing options for custom labels for long or short runs

Vacuum Sealed Labels

When you consider candies like peppermints and hard candy, you know they are usually packaged in single, vacuum packed plastic wrappers. This kind of process should be fast and efficient to get the product out quickly, without sacrificing the quality of the inks and printing.

Continuous Inkjet (CIJ)

CIJ is great for printing barcodes, traceability codes, logos, lot codes, and other identifying marks on a large range of packaging types. Continuous industrial inkjet printing is the fastest, cost-effective, and efficient way to imprint real-time coding in high-speed production lines.

Thermal Transfer Overprint

TTO is a versatile and flexible way to imprint lot numbers, price, and date codes on outer candy packaging. It’s easy to read, high-quality imagery, and can be done via continuous or intermittent industrial ink printing.

Secondary Packaging

The secondary packaging is what helps maintain the safety and protection of the product. The goal is to retain the shape of said packaging from the manufacturer to the retail store and then the customer. Plastic crates, cardboard cartons, and cardboard boxes are some of the most used secondary packaging solutions.

Label printers must also rise to the task of printing on shipping cases, cartons, and containers with appropriate, easy to read, and clear labels to ensure the product gets to its destination and can easily be traced, tracked, and monitored throughout the supply chain.

High Resolution Inkjet

High resolution inkjet is the best way to imprint text on secondary packaging like shipping boxes and cartons. The text, logos, codes, and other identifiers should be high-quality, high-resolution graphics, text, and barcodes.

Coding & Labeling on Boxes and Pallets

Labeling pallets that are to be shipped to large retail stores must be properly marked before shipping. Pallets should be marked on at least two or three sides of the boxes or pallet. Often, you will see plastic wrap enveloping the whole shipping load on a pallet with labels on the plastic.

One of the most important aspects of industrial inkjet printing is that the imprinted image, logo, code, and other identifying image/code be resistant and resilient. These labels should be able to stay readable and clear from the time they are marked until the time the consumer disposes of the packaging. Being compliant when labeling and coding on candy and confections packaging is mandatory.

Needham Ink in the UK is our recommended supplier for industrial & digital inks.