Wet-glue Labelling
Food labels


Food labels are price sensitive due to the share of volume they represent in the market and shortlifetimes. Hence a lot of paper based materials are used and they have a specific requirement to be food safe. No brand owner wants to take the risk of a product re-
call which does not only represent a high cost but also damages the brand identity.

Wet-glue labeling still dominates in the food and beverage world, a pre-eminence founded on its traditional edge in terms of quality and – for longer print runs – lower cost. The materials used for these labels are papers which can be coated, uncoated, structured, and also metalized to create special effects.

Production details

Here you can see a wet glue food label sample printed on a Xeikon CX500 digital press.

  • Substrate: Brigl & Bergmeister  Niklaconcept Rock
  • Toner: QB-I + 5th color
  • Finishing: XeikonWeb Varnishing Module, Xeikon Print Medium Rewinder

The Xeikon CX500 has been the press of choice as its variable repeat length allows for any side label with a most efficient workflow due to its automated setup and is an affordable industrial printing press for professionals.

Label - Wet glue - Food label


What is the value of digital printing?

More SKU’s demand for shorter runs. There is a large number of wet-glue label applicators installed in the market so rather than going to another decoration technique (such as self-adhesive labelling) there is a large potential for short-run wet-glue labels. Today’s choice of substrates, workflow and finishing enables printers to go digital for small series and customized runs in wet-glue labels.Furthermore, digital printing with Xeikon offers:

•    Xeikon’s dry toner technology has a FDA food approval
•    undistinguishable quality from your offset production and as such provide a complement to offset
•    a cross-over with offset of at least 3,000 B2 sheets or 2,100 line meter (6,889 linear ft) or >70,000 labels
•    no start-up costs
•    no job changeover costs on the same print media
•    ability to print unlimited number versions in one go


Digital production solution with a CX500