Food Industry Capabilities

Selecting a label material for your food brand is of upmost importance, speak to Smith & McLaurin about your unique application requirements. 

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Sustainable Label Materials for the Food Industry

With sustainable packaging on the rise, we understand the important role label materials & packaging play in the overall sustainability of food packaging. Currently we offer a range of FSC® and PEFC certified sustainable label materials, available on an almost cost-neutral basis. FSC® License Code C002557. We are also reengineering our label materials for the food industry, as consumers and brands demand more sustainable and recyclable solutions. 

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Metal Detectable Tags

Our metal detectable tags are perfect for the food industry and allow you to asset track throughout the food production chain from the initial picking process right the way through to packing. The options within our metal detectable range are endless, choose from:

  • Paper or filmic face materials
  • Direct thermal or thermal transfer coatings
  • Tags or self-adhesive options

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Materials Available for Gourmet Foods

If you require a textured material which will help your product standout on shelf then explore our Vivant range, this includes the following papers which are perfect for gourmet food labels:

  • Textured
  • Laid
  • Metallised
  • Gloss

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Innovative Wash off Adhesives

Our PurityWash range of wash-off adhesives are perfect for PET bottles as during the industrial cleaning process these adhesives wash-off and leave PET bottles residue free. This allows the label and PET bottle to be separated and maximises the recyclability of both materials. Our PurityWash adhesives are available in Caustic Hot Water and Cold Water (Paper) and Cold Water (Film) applications. These adhesives can be used with a variety of our faces and liners, speak to our team to learn more.

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Taking Plastic Out of Food Packaging

We are encouraging food manufacturers and suppliers to take plastic out of packaging and switch to recyclable materials to promote a circular economy and reduce Plastic Tax. Our EcoPack product is a revolutionary one side coated heatseal and moisture barrier FSC® certified paper which provides a sustainable, translucent paper-based alternative to avoidable plastic packaging. FSC® License Code C002557. With EcoPack you can take advantage of paper food packaging which is adaptable, efficient and attractive. This product could be used as a sealed bag, used in pouch or bag applications as well as for horizontal and vertical flow wraps. EcoPack also offers incredible barrier properties with great oxygen and moisture vapour transmission rates.

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Contact Us

Contact our team for specialist advice on your food application(s).

  1. Cartside Mill, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland, PA10 2AF
  2. 01505 707700
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Additional Capabilities

Abattoir Tags

Abattoir tags are pivotal in the food industry as all businesses handling meat must have a traceability system to ensure when meat is sold to the consumer it can be traced back to the original source and can be fully controlled to reduce risks. We can manufacture abattoir tags to your specification, for instance we can include a mesh within the label construction or specialist anti-tear materials to meet the required durability. You can also add a direct thermal or thermal transfer coating on your material, depending on your printing requirements.

Label Materials for Chilled and Frozen Applications

We provide a wide variety of label and tag materials allowing you to pick and mix face materials, backing liners and adhesives to meet your unique food labelling application(s). Our adhesives and materials are capable of withstanding varying temperatures in chill or freezer environments. This is particularly beneficial for the food industry as this provides product traceability as ingredients and allergen information can be displayed throughout the product lifecycle, discover more about the importance of reliable food labels.

Tailor Food Label Materials to your Requirements

If you require a unique construction to meet your application then you can easily mix and match faces, liners and adhesives from our extensive catalogue of materials. Benefit from excellent printability, shorter runs and additional capabilities, including our strip coating and multilayer construction options.

Asset Tracking Tags

Our materials can be used as asset tags and self-adhesive labels which is a highly useful way for food manufacturers to streamline operations whilst ensuring customer safety. Using barcode labels or asset tags allows you to connect assets to a facility management system. Our label materials are capable of withstanding corrosive materials to ensure information contained on labels and tags remain in place for as long as you need them and are reliable throughout the manufacturing process to maximise traceability.

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