UPM Raflatac is introducing four new food-safe labeling products to the European market to expand the company’s food labeling range.
The four new products include Synthermal Clear Plus, a high-clarity direct thermal film, and three textured and tactile paper face materials.
Synthermal Clear Plus is claimed to offer excellent convertibility with a great deal of flexibility for process improvements at the printer, and to provide excellent product visibility for a no-label look on food packaging. The film is Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS) free, taking European Union legislation that requires thermal paper sold in Europe to be BPA free after 2 January 2020 one step further, according to UPM Raflatac.
The three paper face materials have been introduced in response to the need of premium and artisanal foods for high-quality label materials that can reflect the luxury nature of the brand while addressing demands from consumers and brand owners for more sustainable choices.
The paper face materials include: Antique Food-FSC, with a finely textured finish; Fleur de Coton Food-FSC, that offers a natural finish; and Multiprint Food-FSC, with satin finish. All three can also be foiled or embossed when printing. All three are FSC-certified.
As with Synthermal Clear Plus, food safety has been paramount in their development and all three comply with the latest EU food safety regulations.
Jouni Iiskola, segment manager, EMEIA at UPM Raflatac, commented: “Food safety is the most important attribute of all the products included in our wide range of materials for food labeling applications. We hear the industry demand for more product options to help with brand recognition and differentiation, and these four new products are just the start. We will continue to expand our range to meet the demands of the industry, with a focus on product safety, anticipating regulatory changes, and sustainability in particular.”