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Food & Drink

Print crucial information on food & drink packaging and invest in a reliable, efficient solution that produces quality codes

Coding Food & Drink Products

The presence of legible codes, such as use by dates and batch numbers on food and drink packaging is essential. This information helps to reassure consumers, so they can make informed choices about their purchases. These codes also protect brands, meet demands for food traceability and allow for timely product recalls if necessary.

Manufacturers should invest in a system that print quality codes reliably, and that will be able to meet their needs not only now, but in the future.


On-line coding of food products

Our versatile and cost-effective thermal inkjet (TIJ) printers are perfect for printing variable information, such as batch codes and “use by” or “best before” date codes onto almost all types of food & drink packaging.

Compact and extremely easy to integrate into existing lines, TIJ printers are the ideal solution for coding your cartons, sleeves, flexible films, lids and more. 

Feeding systems - off-line coding

Printing products on-line isn’t always possible. Printing away from the line (off-line) using a standalone feeding and coding system may offer the flexibility needed.

Feeding systems are ideal for manufacturers looking to move away from hand labelling, ramp up their batch coding processes, or need one system to serve multiple lines.

We have a comprehensive range of feeding and handling systems for almost any type of food packaging. The product and information being printed will determine which system is right for you. 

Secondary packaging - Large character marking (LCM)

For secondary packaging, our large character printers offer a cost-effective, low-maintenance alternative to labelling. These systems can print verifiable barcodes, text, and graphics on areas up to 500mm wide.

These printers can be fitted to an existing conveyor or supplied with a Rotech conveyor.

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  • What we liked about Rotech is that they didn’t just give us list of machines and a list of prices. We felt they had more expertise than the other coding companies we saw and that made us confident that they would adjust the coder to suit our sleeves rather than simply selling us a standard machine.

    Pots & Co

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Success stories

  • RF Lite feeding pump street sachets and printing BBD with thermal inkjet printer

    It’s easy to assume that labour-intensive artisanal food operations do not benefit from automated solutions in the same way that a technology-heavy manufacturer do. But in fact, as Pump Street Chocolate demonstrates, automating the date coding process by installi...

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  • English cheesecake company cartons

    A RF2 feeding system fitted with thermal inkjet printer from Rotech has allowed The English Cheesecake Company to date code a pallet’s worth of cheesecakes in less than 2 minutes.

    The English Cheesecake Company

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  • Coded best before date on food sleeve printed with thermal inkjet and RF Lite feeder

    Orexis Fresh Foods is a leading manufacturer of chilled, ready-to-eat food products, specifically dips of all ethnic backgrounds. The London-based company, has been a prominent figure in the sector for over 35 years, utilising traditional family recipes and techni...

    Orexis Fresh Foods

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  • Food sleeve printed with best before date and batch number using thermal inkjet printer and RF1 Feeder

    Pots & Co. are a London-based company who manufacture “proper desserts”. As well as delivering an excellent taste sensation, they are also well known for their unique presentation, with each of their high-end desserts coming in a specially crafted ceramic pot.

    Pots & Co.

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