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    Regulations on Food-Safe Ink will Stimulate the Food Packaging Industry


    The packaging industry encompasses everything from cardboard boxes to the shrink-wrap plastic used to hold together scissors (and which, ironically, you need scissors to get into). One area of this overall market, however, is set to grow surprisingly quickly in the coming five years. According to a new report from Smithers Pira, a global authority on packaging and print supply chains, food packaging is set to grow at 3.0% per year between 2016 and 2021: an above-average rate compared to the overall packaging industry.

    So, why such rapid growth? Well, much of the forthcoming gradient is propped-up by the continuing growth in a market for food-safe inks, which itself is set to expand by 6.0% in the same period. The on-going roll-out of regulations by food standards authorities across the world entails a rising demand amongst producers of food packaging. Given the proliferation of the former, manufacturers increasingly have to invest in food-safe inks in order to avoid penalties, which can come in the form of fines, prosecutions and recalls.

    These overall trends, however, are nothing new. In 2014, it was reported by Drupa, a German institution which oversees the largest print equipment exhibition in the world, that the food inks market has grown rapidly for over a decade (since at least 2004).

    Inks need to adhere to all manner of packaging and their processes come in many different forms, such as flexo to gravure. Many types of ink are safe for food packaging; one such modern example being ‘low-migratory’ varieties (also known as MGAs) which are designed not to run easily, even when in contact with moisture. Such hazards are especially pronounced when foods are heated inside a packet which features printed graphics and text. As MGA Product Manager Josef Sutter told Drupa, the Hubergroup was the first to offer such inks for printing food packaging: just one of the many recent innovations which have spurred this overall growth.

    Drupa, however, places the onus for this trend not only upon more stringent regulations, but the increase in overall customer demand for food packaging. Simply put, as people buy more industrial foods, the rise of the food packaging industry is catered for. One thing this latest news reflects, therefore, is globalisation and the corollary decline of locally-sourced food products. As mass production marches forwards and leads the way in terms of consumer demand, its competitor markets, in which packaging in far less emphasised in the sale of products, shrink in equal measure. 


    James Stannard

    James has a Bachelor’s degree in History and wrote his dissertation on beef and protest. His heroes list ranges from Adele to Noam Chomsky: inspirations he’ll be invoking next year when he begins a Master’s degree in London.
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