LPL food review

The fine print for food labels! 

To whet the appetites of consumers, food labels need to look inviting in the fridge, freezer or on the shelf, deliver relevant information as well as be safety compliant. They can’t afford to fade, bleed or smudge under environmental conditions such as moisture, temperature and sunlight as this will reduce their attractiveness and the legibility of essential consumer information.

Key to a label’s performance is the substrate selected. “Our self-adhesive printing and finishing technology can accommodate an extensive range of papers, foils and films,” explains Henk Jacobs, General Manager of Lebone Paarl Labels. Coated papers have a smooth, non-textured finish and repel liquids better than uncoated stocks, making them often more suitable for food products.” He adds: “We use stretchy polyethylene substrate for food packaging that change shape such as squeeze bottles as this tough film has limited temperature resistance but is tear and water-resistant.” “Polypropylene is stronger, more rigid with a higher temperature and chemical resistance as well as tear-proof, waterproof and resistant to fading,” he continues. “It is also available in various thicknesses for the production of food labels.”

“In addition to quality and functionality, some of our clients prioritise sustainability in their substrate selection,” comments Jacobs. “Many modern consumers are aware of the environmental impact of packaging so by choosing a “green” substrate, you can contribute to building a brand credibility and customer loyalty.” Lebone Paarl Labels’ offers a range of sustainably manufactured substrates, including a “TreeFree” paper option.

Whilst using quality materials indicates a commitment to quality overall, consideration must also be given to the standards of production.  “Embracing the rapid advancements in technology ensures we can reliably deliver labels of uncompromised quality, faster and more efficiently,” says Jacobs. “Our clients can be confident that every pressure sensitive label (PSL) produced by us is produced and inspected according to stringent international standards.” This well established company recently installed the sophisticated Tubescan digital strobe ++ to guarantee 100% label inspection detection of all print defects and accurate counting. 

“ISO 9001 certification further demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver products that meet customer and regulatory requirements at an international quality standard,” Jacobs adds. Lebone Paarl Labels is also Foundation Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) certified, confirming that the food safety management system is compliant for food product labels.  Furthermore, they have received certification for both a Mellow Colour ISO 12647 Proficient Printer and ImpressionProof. 

“Our team understands the stringent South African and international safety regulations regarding the manufacturing of food labelling,” affirms Jacobs. “Another production consideration is the migration of substances from the labels to the packed foods thereby contaminating the contents and risking the consumer’s health.” Lebone Paarl Labels offers printing using low migration inks. These low odour and low taint inks are fast curing, have good adhesion across a wide range of substrates and are foil blockable. They are designed to dramatically reduce migration of chemicals from the ink printed on the packaging.

Lebone Paarl Labels offers the versatility of both modern UV flexo and digital printing and finishing.  The fleet of UV flexo presses combine excellent print quality, high productivity and flexibility. “Our combination is ideally suited but not limited to longer print runs of commercial food and beverage labels with finishing such as laminating, embossing, foiling and die cutting can be done inline in a single pass,” explains Jacobs. Their sophisticated HP Indigo digital press delivers flexible high-resolution printing of up to 7 colours that matches gravure printing with HP ElectroInk silver for metallic finishes and white for sleeves. “Digital is ideally suited to shorter print runs and for labels requiring variable elements,” Jacobs adds. “Including security features on the labels can assist in eliminating counterfeiting, whilst enabling supply chain track and trace and product authentication for brands.”  The HP Indigo press can also create individually unique labels for maximum customer interactivity. “Special finishes such as foiling, high built varnish, embossing, debossing and die cutting can be added in one pass to digitally printed labels on our versatile Abg Digicon finishing line,” concludes Jacobs.

Whether you’re needing labels for food, condiments, dairy, meat or fresh produce, the experienced team at Lebone Paarl Labels will assist you to select the most suitable substrate and printing methodologies for your requirements. Located near Cape Town, Lebone Paarl Labels is well situated to service clients throughout South Africa. For more information, please contact Lebone Paarl Labels at

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