Marking and coding of products in food industry

  • Food
  • Food
  • Food

Marking and coding in the food industry is mandatory even just from a legal standpoint. Batch numbers and the shelf life of foodstuffs must be clearly identifiable. Marking with an industrial inkjet printer is also a very efficient solution for the image of a company or for advertising campaigns. Markings in the food industry range from printing the packaging to printing directly on foodstuffs, such as egg marking and coding.

Typical markings

  • Expiration dates
  • EAN code/GS1 DataMatrix code
  • Barcodes
  • Characters and text
  • 2D codes, e.g. QR codes, DataMatrix codes, etc.
  • Batch numbers/lot numbers
  • Company logos
  • Lottery codes/numbers


  • Cardboard
  • Plastic, plastic films such as PET, PP, films, bags, etc.
  • Glass, returnable and non-returnable bottles and glasses
  • Metal, i.e. aluminum cans/tin cans/crown caps
  • Egg shells
  • Foodstuffs

Examples of typical applications

  • Imprinting primary packaging
  • Marking secondary packaging
  • Egg marking and coding
  • Outer packaging
  • Printing directly onto foodstuffs, i.e. for advertising and promotional campaigns
  • Marking in wet production environments
  • Traceability/track and trace/identification
  • Use of FDA-compliant inks

Typical print monitoring tasks

  • Print monitoring/verification/image processing of various printouts
  • Monitoring presence, i.e. of dispensed products (cards or samples)
  • Reliable monitoring of inkjet fonts (printouts of small character inkjet printers)
  • Logging the production order for quality assurance