With significant changes to the food retail industry in recent years, bakeries are having to adapt their wholesale strategy and operation, including sealing and labelling of products. Ordering pre-printed labels is both expensive and requires space for stockholding, however, by investing in a print and apply labelling system, not only does it save money and space, but gives enormous flexibility for production.

“We meet lots of bakeries and other food manufacturers who are still hand-labelling items,” explains Cobalt’s UK Sales Manager, Chris Hunt. “A print and apply solution can offer a major boost to productivity and throughput. Our expertise in label conversion allows us to help you rationalise your label stock whilst optimising the pre-printed branding but ensuring the generic text area is thermal transfer print receptive.”

Cobalt can deliver an automated print and apply solution with software to ensure conformity with ingredients declaration standards and allergen bolding. “Our partnership approach means we don’t just supply equipment; we become an extension of your team to help you solve your labelling challenges, such as compliance uptime optimisation, stock rationalisation, branding and print quality,” continues Hunt.

As a trusted partner for many food manufacturers across the UK, the experienced team at Cobalt understands the challenges that arise on the production line in relation to barcode labelling. One customer that has seen a substantial return on investment in its print and apply system is the leading Scottish bakery, JG Ross, which has been working with Cobalt since 2012. “Cobalt’s Nexus system has given us the scope to increase our productivity and the flexibility to expand further,” comments Cameron Ross, the company’s Director. “We’ve been delighted with the support we’ve received and the strategic approach adopted by Cobalt, which has streamlined and automated a fairly complex labelling challenge.”