Lanarkshire foodtech firm wins award for labelling breakthrough

Insignia Technologies, a developer of pioneering labelling technology to detect when food is past its best, has won global recognition for its Freshtag product with an international award.

The Lanarkshire-based company won a Gold award at the Dupont Awards for Packaging Innovation, for the technology behind Freshtag. The label is a time and temperature monitoring system that links the entire supply chain from point of production through to restaurant or store, ensuring food is consumed fresh and waste is significantly reduced.

The label changes colour over a pre-set number of days at a specified temperature. The colour change speeds up if the temperature increases, allowing breaches of temperature to be highlighted.  The low cost of the labels allows them to be used on individual items and cases of produce in shipments.

“The winners were selected from nearly 150 companies spanning 24 countries by an independent panel, so it is an impressive achievement for Insignia,” said chief executive David Kilshaw. “It is a great endorsement of 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.”

Insignia, a spin out of Strathclyde University, specialises in smart pigment technology and has developed a range of time temperature indicators over several years. The recognition from DuPont follows on from previous awards at the UK Packaging Awards in 2013 and 2016.

Bernard Rioux, global packaging leader at DuPont, said: “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.” Now in its 29th year, the DuPont Awards are the industry’s longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain and is recognised as the leading awards programme in the sector.