SWITZERLAND – Swiss multinational food and drink company Nestlé has certified Scodix’s PolySense 850 (PS850) polymer in compliance with its Guidance Note on Packaging Inks.

The certification marks the completion of successful migration tests of the PS850 polymer for secondary food contact at SQTS labs in Switzerland, according to Swiss Ordinance.

The PS850 polymer, which adds both Spot UV and Foil embellishments, is designed exclusively for use with the Scodix Ultra 6000 digital embellishment pressing system.

The polymer is applicable to embellishments that mimic traditional hot foiling, while also offering the flexibility found in digital technology for use in print converters.

Suitable for indirect food contact, the technology is claimed to enhance economics, productivity, and sustainability.

The certification is for embellishments, including Scodix High Definition, Scodix Sense, Scodix Metallic, Scodix Foil, Scodix VDE and Scodix Cast&Cure.

It excludes harmful chemical contaminants and is a safe method of product decoration for food packaging.

Ziki Kuly of Scodix VP Product Marketing said: “This is a great leap forward for customers needing the accreditation to win new types of work, or for brands that want to upscale the impact of their food packaging.

“This is now not only possible but economical and sustainable, even for multi-SKU designs and jobs requiring a short time-to-market.

Kuly reiterated that the new Scodix PS850 enables brands to differentiate themselves and make a greater impact on the shelf.

“Now that PS850 is certified by Nestlé as compliant with indirect food contact, brands can rest assured they can embellish food packaging items safely, and beautifully,” Kuly added.

As the largest publicly held food company in the world, Nestlé is committed to delivering its food products in safe packaging materials and, in turn, maintains strict testing of all vendor components in the supply chain.

Nestlé’s Guidance Note on Packaging Inks is a part of the company’s packaging safety and compliance program.

It addresses explicitly inks used for the outside of Nestlé packaging materials. It applies to printing inks, primers, and overprint lacquers/coatings/varnishes, which are applied by conventional or digital processes.

Last month, Nestlé launched a refillable vending machine pilot program for Milo and Koko Krunch as part of its efforts to explore novel solutions that help eliminate the need for disposable packaging.

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