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How You Can Get Slice Of Digitally Printed Food Packaging Pie

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Written by Erwin Busselot Business Innovations & Solutions Director atRicoh Europe

The ‘vitally important’ printed food packaging market will be worth an estimated $271.3 billion by 2023. Packaging, paper and print industry research specialist Smithers Pira’s The Future of Printing for Food Packaging to 2023 says this is up from $227.2 billion in 2018. It will also account for more than 472.4 billion m² of material globally in 2023, up from 394.6 billion m² in 2018.

The digital print packaging market was valued at $11.10 billion in 2015 with a projected CAGR growth of 10.5% during 2018 to 2023 according to Digital Printing for Packaging Market Research Report 2019, published by US research firm Market Research Future. It stated the packaging industry will witness a revolution thanks to increased applications of digital printing, particularly in the food and beverage and personal care industries. It pointed to digital print’s time and cost efficiencies combined with improved print quality as the overriding factors that are encouraging this growth.

We at Ricoh see these drivers playing a key role in uptake.

However, there are also a number of other exciting developments we have been working on that will ensure digital print’s integral role in food packaging production.

A major achievement has been our own developed toners being awarded the Smithers Pira Certificate of Conformity. It assures EU food packaging legislation compliance. As a result the latest generation Ricoh Pro™ C9200 and Ricoh Pro C7200x can print food packaging as can their predecessors the Ricoh™ Pro C9100 and Ricoh Pro™ C7100x.

Ricoh’s Pro Print CMYK toners (plus white and clear for the five colour Pro C7200x and Pro C7100x models) were printed on food safe self adhesive labels and the labels were then applied to 30 micron polypropylene film. The toners passed Smithers Pira’s rigorous migration testing and also complied with EU and FDA legislation for food packaging.

We have also been working with third party suppliers to help with innovative food packaging developments. One of those is Delipac. The company has developed a unique zero plastic barrier paperboard, also called Delipac, for food and drink.

It has removed non-essential plastics and pe/plastic lined paper and board where barrier requirements are obligatory and replaced it with a fully compostable barrier grade in 270gsm or 410 micron and 315gsm or 500 micron. It is ideal for a range of packaging sectors including frozen food, ice cream, convenience food, food-to-go, ready meals, (ovenable/microwavable/freezable).

We are working on a number of food packaging projects with print service providers too. We are showing then how digital print production can play a key role while at the same time helping them implement the necessary measures to ensure they meet the required standards beyond running food compliant inks and substrates.

Interested to learn more about the opportunity digital food packaging presents? Book a visit to our European Customer Experience Centre in Telford, central England where we can help you discover how to expand your food packaging capabilities.


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