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Time Temperature Indicators

The food retailing industry requires a high standard of quality and safety in both food and packaging. There is a growing demand to have more innovation and a greater amount of information on packaging. Front of pack labelling calls for clearer information on nutrition and ‘use by’ and ‘use within’ dates.

Timestrip’s time temperature indicators are designed to provide clear, visual information and greater control for consumers. It is an innovative and versatile technology that easily provides intelligent clear labelling to packaging.

The technology is new but the problem it solves is a long standing one: Timestrip® smart labels or time temperature indicators helpconsumers recognise when food is at its nutritional best and is safe to eat and when it should be disposed of to avoid ill health. As a result, waste is reduced and consumers have greater confidence in the product. There are many advantages to integrating time temperature indicators into product packaging:

  • Acts as anti counterfeiting device
  • Acts as a tamper evident device
  • Clear, visual labelling – more effective communication
  • Encourages waste reduction
  • Eliminates confusion over ‘use within’ dates
  • Adds brand value

It’s simple. In a highly competitive market Timestrip® smart labels which work as time temperature indicators enable you to differentiate your product from your competitors’ and increase brand value.

Some Potential Time Temperature Indicator Applications

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables – provide accurate shelf life guide rather than a stagnant date reducing the amount of food waste
  • Pasta sauces – eliminates confusion over ‘use within’ dates
  • Fresh fish & meat – are highly perishable food items which require extra care to ensure quality is maintained
  • Condiments – e.g. mayonaisse, salad cream, chutney, mustard, tomato sauce or brown sauce all have use within dates while a dynamic date can ensure these are used at their best and reduce waste


Timestrip® smart labels are time temperature indicators and will accelerate when out of the set temperature parameters e.g. when out of the fridge or freezer acting as an additional safeguard for consumers.