• Coles Graze Labels printed by The Le Mac Australia Group and applied by the LSL 500.
    Coles Graze Labels printed by The Le Mac Australia Group and applied by the LSL 500.

The supplier behind a linerless self-adhesive labelling system for trays of meat, ready meals, and salads will be showing visitors to Foodpro 2017 why linerless labels are an environmentally friendly innovation.

The Le Mac Australia Group (Stand K61) will be showing how the labels do not use backing liner like traditional labels, which cannot be recycled and will not decompose in landfill.

The system is fully automatic and delivers significant efficiency gains over traditional pressure sensitive labelling machines or hand-application of carton sleeves, according to the company.

Le mac LSL 500 machine

Le Mac works with heavy gauge cardboard, film or paper labels in eight formats which are suitable for stretch-wrap trays, top seal trays, and vacuum skin packs (with protrusions). All this can be run on the same machine without change parts.

Le Mac's linerless systems are used by many major Australian food manufacturers and are currently used on a range of Woolworths and Coles products.

The company also offers digitally printed labels for small lot variants and flexographically printed labels for longer runs. It can print a range of effects to convey different levels of branding, from generic to premium, and on its digital press, designs can be changed easily without the need to purchase extra plates.

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In its annual report on consumer trends Euromonitor International says sustainability, convenience and a new “phygital reality” are three developments that will influence business strategies.

The next interpack will take place from 4 to 10 May 2023, at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre. It will be the first show since 2017, with last year’s expo first postponed, then cancelled, due to Covid.

Companies wanting to show their packaging and print wares to the world can now register for online event virtual.drupa, which is set to take place 20-23 April, in place of the now cancelled mega-show.