Home compostable fruit label in development

From its inception and for over 18 years, Accu-Label has been developing fruit labelling solutions with a focus on environmental sustainability, food safety, and optimal performance. According to the company, their proprietary label comes complete with a paper face stock, recyclable PET liner, FDA compliant adhesive and water-based inks. “The internationally patented system uses Hewlett Packard (HP) Inkjet technology on a highly reliable ORB-it® G-2 labelling system that delivers the highest application rates including wet and fuzzy fruits,” says says Joe Sleiman, President and Founder of Accu-Label and Ag-Tronic Control Systems.

“We’ve been making environmentally conscious decisions since we started Ag-Tronic Control Systems over 29 years ago, long before the term ‘sustainability’ became the buzzword in the media,” Sleiman said. “By embracing sustainability as a core business value, we work to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” All paper used in the company’s labels is sourced from suppliers with sustainably managed forests that meet credible forest certification standards.

With exclusive real-time Print & Apply™ technology, Accu-Label can dynamically print and apply labels at over 20 labels per second to achieve item-level traceability. “Not only does this technology help reduce inventory requirements but it also enables trace code to be printed directly on the label. This code can include detailed information pertaining to lot code and grower code. The ORB-it® G-2 labelling system is designed to be plug-and-play. The reliability focused system is designed to maximize throughput and efficiency.”

Accu-Label offers a comprehensive warranty program with regular upgrades included in the cost of the system. “We chose to develop the world’s best paper PLU label as a safer alternative to plastic labels. Our decision to use paper instead of plastic materials was based on the fact we didn’t want our children to accidentally eat a plastic fruit label.”

Home compostable
Accu-Label is concerned about the use of ‘certified compostable’ fruit label claims. Current certifications relate to ‘industrially compostable’ materials that must be processed at industrial composting sites, under very specific conditions. “The infrastructure is not in place to support industrial composting of fruit labels. Promoting a ‘compostable fruit label’ is misinforming the public to think they can put these compostable labels into their home compost which is not the case at all. “We see a ‘home compostable’ fruit label as the ultimate solution and we are working to develop this product that will benefit the environment and consumers at large,“ says Sleiman.

In 2018, Accu-Label teamed up with Orora Group expanding its global distributor network, bringing the Accu-Label fruit labelling system to markets worldwide and making waves in both the labelling and packaging industry.

Accu-Label will be exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim California at booth #4017.

Crystal Sleiman
Tel: 519-727-0888 ext. 24

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