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Inkjet printing of food and pharmaceuticals

From the introduction of date coding onto eggs to the digital images adorning today’s birthday cakes, printing onto food and pharmaceutical products has long been established. There are now thousands of food and pharmaceutical items printed every day!

What can adopting digital printing do for your business?

Much of the printing you see on food items is single colour, low quality print.  Digital printing can revolutionize the concept of promotion or tracking of consumer food and pharmaceutical products.  Inkjet is an ideal printing process to embrace consumers demand personalization and differentiation of products.  As a non-contact process, there is no risk of damaging potentially delicate products such as cookies and chips whilst there is no limit on the realization of creative and colourful design.  The options are effectively unlimited with the cost per piece of a single unit equivalent to multiple thousands of the same design.  This ability to print variable data and short runs in a cost effective way opens up new possibilities in brand promotion and country versioning as well as the potential to track individual items with a unique code.

Whilst this technology allows brands to offer exclusive promotional opportunities, there are also questions of legislation and traceability of consumer products.  As the industry for printed foods and pharmaceuticals grows, so do the risks from micro contamination, heavy metals, pathogens or adulteration. These can affect consumers and businesses alike, leading to recalls or worse. There are more and more digital inks available today from all over the world, and protecting your brand and business by using safe and assured materials should be a primary concern.

So the question is, if you do not know exactly where the inks are being manufactured and packaged, how do you know what is in them?

Learn more at our upcoming webinar.

Assured supply key to the future

To overcome these challenges it is important to understand the source of all ingredients used to make the inks and to ensure rigorous testing for contamination.  This does not just stop with the materials in the inks but also in the processing equipment and packaging.

As a global leader in the development and production of colorants for the food and pharmaceutical industries, Sensient® is often recognized as the trusted brand behind our customers’ brands. With a strong heritage in delivering innovative, high-quality digital inks for a range of industrial applications, we have the cross-industry expertise to understand the needs of markets and customers, from materials, to the digital print process, to maximizing performance and gaining value in the supply chain. Sensient® food colorants and digital inks are manufactured in FDA- and GMP-certified facilities, so we have extensive experience with the product safety and regulatory requirements needed to be compliant with food and pharmaceutical standards.  We have even taken our standards one-step further by designing our own assurance plan

To understand more about Sensient and how our knowledge of inkjet combined with experience in food and pharmaceutical colorants can benefit your business, we would love to have you join our webinar where attendees will learn about how inkjet printing can work for them and how Sensient offers assurance for you and your customers.


Title: Inkjet Printing of Edible Inks

Date: Wednesday, November 28     

Time:  10:00 a.m. EST (GMT-4) / 3PM London

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Spotlight Interview – With Simon Daplyn and Adam Stack- Sensient Imaging Technologies

Simon Daplyn, Marketing Manager

Dr Simon Daplyn Joined Sensient 2015 as part of their acquisition of Xennia Technology Ltd and is the Marketing Manager for the digital inks group. Simon has experience in development of digital inks and processes, commercial implementation and direct sales across a number of applications and industries.

Adam Stack, Product Manager

Adam Stack joined Sensient in 2015 as a Product Manager, with responsibilities for Product and Marketing Management for the Digital Inks team. Adam has experience implementing and executing product commercialization, marketing communications initiatives, as well as creation and launch of Sensient’s assurance plan for Edible inks.

BRW: What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

We hope that by the end of the webinar the audience will have a better understanding of inkjet printing and the potential benefits it can offer within the food and pharmaceutical industry.  Additionally we would like to express the work done by Sensient in our manufacturing and supply chain management to mitigate any risks that could affect brand reputation.  Printing onto edible products is a complex balance of chemistry that is fit for purpose and fit for consumption.

BRW: What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

We look forward to understanding more about the role printing plays or could play in their business to increase consumer interaction and safety.

BRW: What do you enjoy most about your role?

SD – The inkjet industry is dynamically evolving with countless areas of potential.  Understanding new markets and the potential benefits of our technology is an exciting prospect.  Being able to influence product development strategies and shape the future technologies of Sensient and our partners is something we really enjoy.

AS – Every day we are learning about the development and application of inkjet across a range of industrial applications.  Getting below the surface to identify the key details that matter most to the market and matching their needs technically and commercially is what really drives us.

BRW: How did you get into the industry?

SD – I am a chemist by training and after completing a degree in colour and polymer chemistry from the University of Leeds in the UK, I studied further for a PhD in inkjet printing.  From that point, there has been no turning back.  I joined a start-up inkjet development company in 2004 and moved to a leading integrator of digital printing, Xennia Technology in 2008 where is was responsible for managing complex ink development projects for industrial clients.  I transitioned to a commercial role in 2012 before Sensient acquired Xennia in 2015.  I now manage the marketing output of the Inks Group and often talk at conferences and training seminars to share our knowledge in inkjet science.

AS – I really got into this industry when I joined Sensient in 2015.  I was an experienced Product manager looking for a new challenge and this industry has provided just that.  I have been able to take on board an understanding of inkjet as a printing process whilst focussing on key markets and technologies such as edible inks and their application.

BRW: Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

SD – I have been very lucky to travel to many parts of the world whilst doing this job.  All have opened my eyes to new cultures and experiences that will last a lifetime.  There is always the pull of home though and for me the mountains and coastline of Wales where I grew up will always be my favourite place.


Join Simon Daplyn and Adam Stack  on a webinar entitled Inkjet Printing of Edible Inks by Sensient Imaging Technologies on 28th November at 3PM London/11AM New York

Register here!