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The Future of Smart Labels: How Labels Could Fight Food Spoilage

October 17, 2016

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our food could somehow tell us when it’s about to spoil? While our food can’t talk, rolled labels play an important role in our marketing strategy each and every day by telling people the names of our products, what ingredients we use, and other important information about the product.

Since our labels already do so much for us, why wouldn’t they be able to fight food spoilage as well? It turns out that this might actually be a future possibility!

What to Expect in the Future of Labels

These days, we hear a lot about the future of automobiles or even the future of robotics. However, there are some things in our day-to-day lives where we could really use some advancement, such as food preservation without the addition of harmful food preservatives in our actual food. That’s where smart labels come in.

Research and Markets predicts that smart labels could be used to prevent future food spoilage. By 2020, smart labels intended to fight food spoilage are expected to eclipse $1.6 billion. Thanks to advancements in integrated packaging, smart labels could assist with food preparation and preservation to enhance food safety and reduce food waste. Smart labels may also be able to detect pathogens in meat packaging before products even reach customers.

How Smart Labels Work

The process involved in creating smart labels includes materials engineering, biological engineering, and food microbiology. According to Food Engineering, researchers are programming the smart labels to change color if bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli are present, or if the products have been affected by a temperature change.

Food suppliers and consumers will be able to see if a product has been contaminated by simply looking at the color of the packaging. While it may be a while before consumers can depend on smart labels to tell them whether or not a food item is safe to eat, it sounds like it will certainly be worth the wait.

Labeling Solutions You Can Trust

Even if smart labels aren’t being used in the US quite yet, SheetLabels.com offers you a large selection of labels that you can trust for any of your product packaging needs. We sell printed labels as sheets, rolled labels, and cut-to-size labels, or blank sheet labels in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Whether you need removable, writable, weatherproof, permanent, or eco-friendly labels, we have plenty of options available for you to choose from.

We actively work with more than 50,000 customers nationwide, including industries such as food, agriculture, pet food, fitness industry, and more. We strive to be the best in the labeling business through excellent customer service, high quality products and services, and efficient turnaround time.

Whether you need rolled labels, sheet labels, or individual cut downs, we’re here to help you with any and all of your labeling needs. 

To learn more about our products and the services we offer, please contact us today! 

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