“In the not-so distant future, expect your food to get a lot more personal,” said Susan Cox, CEO of LogoJET (Lafayette, Louisiana). “The days of hand-painting images on cakes and cookies are fading fast.” With LogoJET’s new FSR30 and FSR90 food-safe printers, photo-quality full-colour images on a single bite of food as small as a bean are possible. Cox added that, while edible printing technology has been on the market for five years, the FSR printers represent the next generation in printing on food. “Customization is our bread and butter. Now, we’re taking the capabilities we know well to the next level in the food industry – and the possibilities are endless!”
Cox also pointed out that these new printers are a great example of how LogoJET continues to develop ways to add more value for its customers. “We’ve been beta-testing the printers with internationally known candy and cookie makers. We’ve used our customization know-how to work with them to develop integrated workflow solutions – something we’re happy to do with other clients, as well.” The new FSR printers are built for heavy-duty industrial usage and designed to bring customization to large-scale food manufacturers. The FSR30 can print on items up to 2.5 inches thick and the FSR90 can print on items up to 6 inches thick.
The solution has been in development for 18 months to ensure the best stability and compliance in the food market. “These printers are built on the same industrial platform as our UV printer, but formulated with a specific type of edible ink,” Cox said. “The printers use full CMYK printing, creating vibrant images with a broad range of colours on various types of food.” The new edible inks were developed in partnership with SunChemical, a global ink manufacturer that specializes in safe and compliant edible printing inks.
Lon Riley, LogoJET’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “The printers can print directly on cakes, cookies, candies, bread, tortillas – even small marshmallows. They make it cost effective to do very straightforward digital short-run printing – customization on demand without the set-up times required for legacy printers. With these printers, you can jet the ink directly onto food.”