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Food Label Printers from FoodSoftware.com

12/1/2014 by FoodSoftware

Welcome Food Label Printer Shoppers! FoodSoftware.com specializes in food label printers, related equipment, supplies and software for commercial food label printing. Our special emphasis is on equipment suitable for startup, small and medium-size food businesses.

Products in our food label printer category are items which are often used and especially well-suited for food label printing by bakeries and commercial food manufacturers or similar industries. These items are also suitable for general purpose label printing for non-food items and shipping labels as well.

Why print your own labels? Because in short runs, it's better, cheaper, faster and more flexible to print your own than using a commercial printer. This is especially true when you need limited quantities of labels for a wide variety of products that may only be made to order or only occasionally available.

Because of setup charges and lead times, it does not pay to use a commercial printer unless you print tens of thousands of identical labels at a time.

What makes food labels different? Food labels need to do a wide range of things and their combinations of materials ("substrates"), coatings and adhesives give them their characteristics. Some labels just need to be as cheap as possible and looks are not important. Others need to look as good as possible in all conditions at any cost. Some need to resist heat or freezing temperatures and be waterproof too. Some labels cannot be applied directly to plastic wrap that is also touching food because their adhesive ruins the wrap. See our label selection guides to choose the correct label for your purpose.

Why use color or black-and-white? Color labels sell your product far better than black-and-white can. However, color labels may be five or more times more expensive than black and white, so color printing must be considered carefully. Sometimes it pays to own both types of printers- use color for front labels and black-and-white for the back so you end up with a lower total cost per square inch of label.

Food label printer equipment and supplies offered at FoodSoftware.com are of the following main types:

  • Digital Label Printers are specialized printers that connect to your PC or Mac for printing on rolls of labels instead of reams of office paper. Printing with rolls of labels is vastly easier, faster and more economical than using sheet labels in an office printer.
    • Monochrome (black-and-white or single color) label printers are for maximum speed and economy. Monochrome printers usually use heat to print labels either by direct thermal or thermal transfer methods.
    • Full-color, high-resolution label printing are for maximum visual impact and sales effectiveness. Full-color label printers are inkjet printers.
    • "Desktop" printers, in either monochrome or color, are smaller and more economical, but print narrower (up to 4"), slower and from smaller label rolls than the larger "tabletop" printers.
    • "Tabletop" printers, in either monochrome or color, print wider (up to 8"), faster and from larger, more economical label rolls for longer print runs.

  • Label Applicators and Dispensers
    • Label applicators automatically apply one or two labels to round packages (cans, bottles, etc.).
    • Dispensers peel labels from rolls and conveniently present them so they can be easily and quickly applied manually to packaging not suitable for automatic applicators (irregular and soft packages).

  • Label Rewinders: Label rewinders take up labels as they are printed and re-roll them so they can be processed by label applicators, dispensers, other label equipment, or even put back into the printer for another printing pass (to apply a second color or foil). Rewinder types include:
    • General-purpose, standard-duty rewinders
    • Special-purpose, heavy-duty and/or extra-sensitive rewinders. (High resolution color printers require these to maintain proper print registration.)

  • Label Printer Media (Supplies):
    • Labels come in rolls in a variety of pre-cut sizes, materials, coatings, shapes, adhesives and roll lengths. We provide label selection guides to help you choose appropriate label types because it is important to understand how the different labels are used- some types can stand moisture, cold, wear or heat while others cannot. Usually each printer brand uses its own brand of labels (i.e., Zebra labels for Zebra printers, Primera for Primera, etc.). Custom labels are also available with any combination of size and features.
    • Ribbons are used by thermal transfer labels where durability and good looks are required. Ribbons are usually black but are also available in limited colors too.
    • Ink Cartridges are required by the full-color inkjet printers.

  • Label Printer Software: Label printers include their own free software so you can use the printer with your PC or Mac.
    • Label software lets you compose labels (with text, pictures and bar codes), print runs of labels and save label files so they can be used again (like a word processor saves a document file).
    • Label printer drivers set up your computer so any software that prints can use the label printer along with any other printers connected to your computer.
    • UPC Bar Code creation and printing are label printer software features.

  • Label Slitters are for making custom size labels and increasing printing efficiency. Rolls of labels may be slit along their length to make labels of almost any width. Label rolls are fed through a row of blades set at various positions to create label strips of your chosen widths. You can also print multiple labels "up" and slit them into individual labels. Slitting can be done inline as labels emerge from thermal printers (but not color printers) or offline after labels are rerolled (required for color printers) . Slitter types include:
    • Non-powered standard-duty slitters for up to four cuts at a time.
    • Non-powered heavy-duty slitters for up to five cuts at at time.
    • Powered slitters that work without separate winders.

  • Unwinders hold and unspool label rolls as they are taken up by rewinders and provide breaking action so lengths of rolls don't spill out as they unroll. Unwinders are needed for offline slitting (see above) which is required for color labels. Rolls are pulled and wound by powered rewinders through slitter blades that are fed by unwinders. Unwinder types include:
    • Standard-size, unpowered unwinders for most roll types and sizes.
    • Large-size, powered unwinders for very large rolls.

Important Food Label Printing Products

Click on the links below for detailed information about our key food label printing products.

Food Label Printing Starter Kit with Zebra Printer and Nutrition Software

  • All the components of a typical black-and-white food label printing setup are combined for your research and shopping convenience into one starter kit:
    • Zebra GX430T label printer.
    • ZebraDesigner Lable Design and Printing Software
    • 4" by 6" Zebra labels
    • nutraCoster Professional software for creating Nutrition facts Panels
  • Makes food label printing easy and inexpensive.
  • Includes our most popular label printer.

Food Label Printer: Zebra GX430 Zebra Desktop 300dpi Printer

  • Our most popular label printer- inexpensive and fast with extremely economical labels.
  • High resolution (300dpi) for fine printing needed for small packages (i.e., nutrition facts and ingredient labels for individually wrapped cookies).
  • Uses both direct thermal and thermal transfer print methods.
  • Click here for the full Zebra Desktop Food Label Catalog and Product Guide

Food Label Printer: Brother TD-4000 Desktop 300dpi Direct Thermal with Label Cutter

  • Our best value label printer- inexpensive and fast with extremely economical labels.
  • High resolution (300dpi) for fine printing needed for small packages (i.e., nutrition facts and ingredient labels for individually wrapped cookies).
  • Built-in automatic cutter for optimum and flexible use of continuous label rolls
  • Direct thermal print method only.
  • For Windows PCs only - sorry, no Apple Mac drivers or software are available for this printer. (But there are for all of our other printers.)
  • Click here to see the Brother Printer Label Order Guide and Label Catalog

Food Label Printer: Primera LX400 Full Color Label Printer

Food Label Printer: Primera LX900 Full Color Label Printer

  • Our most popular tabletop (large) full-color label printer for extremely fine label printing in glorious color.
  • Extremely high resolution (4800dpi) for fine photographic rendering.
  • Very fast draft printing mode.
  • Features individual-color ink cartridges that cut labels costs by as much as 30% compared to using multi-color cartridges.
  • Click here to see the Primera LX900 & LX800 Series Printer Label and Inks Catalog

Food Label Printer Rewinder: Labelmate MC-11 for Zebra Desktop Printers

  • Inexpensive, standard-duty rewinder
  • For use with most desktop printers except full-color tabletop printers.

Food Label Applicator: Primera AP360 & AP362 Food Label Applicators

  • Automatically applies labels to round food containers
  • Speeds up to 1,200 labels per hour
  • Models for applying one or two labels per container.
  • Requires labels re-rolled after printing with the above label rewinder.

SweetWARE nutraCoster Professional 2.1 Recipe/Formula Costing & Nutritional Analysis Software

  • Note: nutraCoster is special software for creating and composing the Nutrition Facts and Ingredient panels required for retail food packaging. It is NOT label printing software by itself and does not directly control food label printers.
  • Does recipe nutritional analysis
  • Does recipe cost analysis.



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Food Label Printers from FoodSoftware.com Catalog
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Food Label Printing Starter Kit with Zebra Printer and Nutrition Software
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Primera LX900 Full Color Label Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Zebra GX430 Zebra Desktop 300dpi Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Applicator: Primera AP550 Flat-Surface Food Label Applicator
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Dispenser: Labelmate LD 100/200 Label Dispensers
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer Rewinder: Labelmate CAT-2P-CHUCK-220 for Primera LX800/900
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer Rewinder: Labelmate MC-11 for Zebra Desktop Printers
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Primera LX400 Full Color Label Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Primera LX810 Full Color Label Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Zebra TLP 2844 Entry Level Zebra Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Brother TD-4000 Desktop 300dpi Direct Thermal with Label Cutter
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Slitter: Labelmate S-100 & S-200 Label Roll Slitters
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Safety Products: Prep-Pal Food Rotation Label Software and Printer System
Class: 42Food Health & Safety Products
Food Label Applicator: Primera AP360 & AP362 Food Label Applicators
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Dispenser: Primera DX850 Label Dispenser
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer Unwinder: Labelmate UCAT-1 for All Label Printers
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Food Label Printer: Zebra ZM600 Industrial 6.6 Inch Label Printer
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 03200GS06407 2.5x244 Black Wax/Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 3200 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 03200GS08407 3.3x244 Black Wax/Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 3200 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 03200GS11007 4.3x244 Black Wax/Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 3200 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05095GS06407 2.5x244 Black Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5095 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05095GS08407 3.3x244 Black Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5095 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05095GS11007 4.3x244 Black Resin Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5095 Peformance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05319GS06407 2.5x244 Black Wax Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5319 Performance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05319GS08407 3.3x244 Black Wax Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5319 Performance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 05319GS11007 4.3x244 Black Wax Ribbons Thermal Transfer 5319 Performance
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009522 1.2x0.85 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009523 1.25x1 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009524 2.25x0.75 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009525 2.25x2 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009526 2.25x3 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009527 2.25x4 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009528 3x1 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009529 3x2 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009530 4x2 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10009531 4x5 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010036 1x3 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010037 1.2x0.85 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010038 1.25x1 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010039 2x1 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010040 2.25x0.5 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010041 2.25x2.5 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010042 2.25x3 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010043 3x1 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010044 3x2 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010045 4x1 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010047 4x2 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010048 4x2.5 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010049 4x6 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010059 4x2.25 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal 8000D Near-IR
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010062 2.2x0.5 White Polypylene Labels Direct Thermal PolyPro 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10010063 2.25x1.25 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 10015346 4x5 White Paper Labels Direct Thermal Z-Select 4000D
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 17154 2x1 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 17157 2x1 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18924 3x1 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18925 2x1.25 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18926 4x6 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18927 3x3 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18928 2x5 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18929 4x2.5 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18930 1.5x5 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18932 4x2 White Polypylene Labels Thermal Transfer PolyPro 3000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18939 3x1 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18940 2x1.25 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18941 4x6 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18942 3x3 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18943 2x0.5 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 18950 4x2 White Polyester Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Ultimate 3000T White
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 800272-125 2.25x1.25 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 800274-155 4x1.5 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 800274-405 4x4 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 800274-605 4x6 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 82868 4x6 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83257 4x6.5 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83258 1.5x1 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83259 2x1 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83260 2.75x1.25 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83262 4x3 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
Zebra 83340 4x1 White Paper Labels Thermal Transfer Z-Select 4000T
Class: 97Food Label Printers, Software and Supplies
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