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Scots firm goes for gold at packaging awards

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A Lanarkshire-based labelling firm has won a prestigious award at the recent DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

Insignia Technologies, which develops labelling technology to detect when food is past its best, won a Gold award for the technology behind its Freshtag label, a new time and temperature monitoring system.

The Freshtag system links together the entire supply chain, from point of production through to restaurant or shop, which is meant to ensure food is consumed at optimum freshness and can “significantly reduce” unnecessary food waste, the company claims.

The label changes colour over a pre-set number of days at a specified temperature and the colour change speeds up if the temperature increases.

David Kilshaw, CEO of Insignia Technologies, commented, “The winners were selected from nearly 150 companies spanning 24 countries by an independent panel, so it is an impressive achievement for Insignia.

“It is a great endorsement to the potential of the technology we’ve developed. Reducing unnecessary food waste is one of the greatest economic and environmental challenges the world faces and the Freshtag technology should prove a valuable tool in helping to address this.”

Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader at DuPont, added, “The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation demonstrate how creative, committed and agile the packaging industry is in addressing global issues and consumer needs.

“This competition brings out the very best of everyone in the packaging industry, and we are thrilled to see innovators raising the bar each year.”