The seams of food packaging versatility are being stretched to the bursting point as both regulators and consumers push packaging evolution in a fast-growing market, one that is seeing an increased demand for toxin-free, high-performance food-safe inks. The million-dollar question, however, is whether the science of food-safe ink formulation is maturing quickly enough to adapt to business demands.
The shift in ink formulation is moving from solvent-based inks — which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drying phase — to water-based inks, which are safer. The main driver behind the move? Consumers.