Sato's new printers and labellers enable the food industry to improve efficiencies while meeting food labelling legislation

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Sato, the barcode printing, labelling, and EPC/RFID solutions provider, has introduced two new printing and labelling solutions for the food industry.

Sato's new TH2 All in Box is a "ready-to-use" pack which includes an intelligent TH2 printer and labels so users can simply start labelling quickly and efficiently, while meeting stringent food preparation and labelling regulations, while the new Judo Food handheld labeller is a flexible labelling solution enabling users to improve food security.

From December 2014, new law on food traceability will be compulsory throughout Europe. As part of the regulations, food manufacturers must inform consumers of the origin of fresh meat, fruits and vegetables as well as the presence of allergens and glutens. Manufacturers will also need to specify if a product has been defrosted previously, and apply a minimal size of print font to allow for easier reading. Sato's new solutions are ideal for printing labels enabling food manufacturers to meet these new requirements.

Sato's TH2 printer offers portable, standalone, intelligent printing and is particularly suited to quick-serve restaurants, to print labels for ingredient preparation in the kitchen, as well as final product labels detailing ingredients, packaging date, use-by date, price and barcode.

The printer is exceptionally intuitive and easy to use and features an internal real-time clock which simply calculates and prints the time and date onto labels. This minimises human error, therefore increasing efficiencies and ensuring the food is safe for consumption. No separate computer is needed as the printer contains its own programs and database that can be altered easily at any time.

The TH2 All in Box is also easy to order as users simply specify the pack, rather than printer and labels individually, which assists in purchasing.

The Judo Food handheld labeller has been designed especially to meet the needs of those in the food industry and is available with 13 pre-designed texts such as 'cooked on', 'defrosted on', 'storage temperature' and 'best before'. This gives the user increased flexibility and choice, and they can make time and cost savings associated with purchasing many different types of label.

Judo Food handheld labellers also print the date with the month and day written in full, and it is the only hand labeller on the market to do so. This makes the date easier to read thus minimising error, ensuring food is safe and reducing wastage. The handheld labeller is extremely user friendly, and is a sturdy and lightweight device, enabling users to print high-quality labels, quickly, easily and economically.

"We're delighted to be offering these two new solutions to our customers in the food industry," says Laurent Lassus, General Manager at Sato France. "At Sato we're continually developing products that will enable our customers to work more efficiently and we have reliable solutions for all areas of the food industry, from preparation of ingredients in the kitchen, to the final product packaging."

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