Australia-based food manufacturer George Weston Foods (GWF) uses plastic tag closures from Kwik Lok to close its plastic film bread bags, but was experiencing some problems with ink smudging of date codes, price, and other product identification codes on the tags.
To better track product freshness and quality throughout distribution and eventual sale at retail outlets, Big Sky Brewery of Missoula, MT, recently began date-coding individual bottles of its unique beers, including Moose Drool, Scape Goat, and Powder Hound ales.
GlaxoSmithKline teamed up recently with corrugated vendor Smurfit-Stone and coding machinery maker Markem to generate significant cost savings and simplified inventory at GSK’s Maidenhead, England, facility.
Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.
“It’s too easy to spend time and money on the best ingredients, careful production, and attractive packaging only to destroy the quality feel by poor printing of the ‘use-by’ date and batch number on the pack.” Sales director David Marx of Giles Foods knows whereof he speaks. His firm, based in Milton Keynes, England, supplies a range of quiches and specialty breads to major food retailers in the United Kingdom.