Epson cracks allergen and nutrition labelling for busy operators

Epson has launched a tablet-based food labelling application that will make it easier for takeaway and street food sellers to keep on top of allergen management.

The system makes it simple to produce multiple labels and then seamlessly switch to another design.

With the on-going concern over allergens and the visibility of nutritional information for consumer safety and health advice, the appropriate software and hardware are an important consideration for operators.

Epson demonstrated the system at the Casual Dining Show this week, where the company also outlined how it is working closely with Tolarus and its more comprehensive software solution NutriLabel.

Tolarus allergen software works in tandem with Epson’s ColorWorks printers to provide a safe and reliable short run labels solution for food producers and providers.

The Tolarus allergen software means users can track and highlight 14 allergens that legally need to be labelled, 275 nutrients and 50-60 sub-groups.

Dayle Guy, product manager at Epson UK, told FEJ that food retailers are now able to use a ‘traffic light’ system on receipts to highlight allergens and nutritional information.

“The technology can really be used to educate people that it can be done and it can be a better experience. We are all consumers at the end of the day and we always want to be a bit more aware about what we are eating. Using colour in those labels is the best way of doing that.”

At the Casual Dining Show, Epson showcased the benefits of digital printers for allergen identification to would-be users in the food industry.

Having a range of solutions to suit the increasing volumes of different needs within this sector is something that Epson and Tolarus are continuously taking into consideration, Mr Guy said.

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