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edible ink

Edible ink printing image
Using our technology, which has strengths in natural product extraction, purification, blending, and formulation, we can provide edible inks made entirely of food and food additives.
It is attracting attention as a material that adds vivid color to foods, such as printing and marking on various foods such as confectionery such as chocolate, cookies, and rice crackers, and capsules for health foods.
In addition, its use in the non-edible field is expanding, and we will meet new needs for edible inks in applications that require greater security and safety.

Composition example of edible ink (main ingredients)

Colorant natural colorants Safflower, red mallow, gardenia, squid ink, etc.
synthetic coloring agent Food Yellow No. 4, Food Blue No. 1, Food Red No. 3, Titanium Dioxide, etc.
Resin Gum arabic Food grade shellac resin, thickening stabilizer, emulsifier, reinforcing agent, etc.
shellac type
chocolate type
solvent water/alcohol-based Water, ethanol, propylene glycol, edible oil, etc.
Edible oils and fats

Characteristics by color materials

Edible ink using natural colorants Because it is derived from natural products, it has a good consumer image.
It is also possible to expand the color reproduction range using unique color management and methods.
Edible ink using synthetic colorants Excellent color development
Fine hue adjustment possible

Printing method and usage examples

silk screen printing Chocolate, gum, transfer sheets, etc.
pad printing Rice crackers, baked sweets, fruits, etc.
gravure offset printing Capsules for health foods, sugar-coated confectionery, edible films, etc.
inkjet printing Dot Best-before dates, traceability information, etc. for eggshells, fruits, etc.
flat bed Rice crackers, baked sweets, marshmallows, candy tablets, sugar sweets, etc.
line head

Conveyor conveyance printing with continuous inkjet head

Flatbed conveyance printing with serial inkjet head

Conveyor conveyance printing with line inkjet head


  • Edible ink is composed of raw materials that comply with the Food Sanitation Act and the standards for use of food additives, and is manufactured at a factory that is licensed to manufacture food additives.
  • Please consult with us in advance regarding the application, required physical properties, printing suitability, etc., and we will introduce products that match your intended use.
  • Since the various raw materials that can be used are extremely limited, we may not be able to meet your requests depending on the application.
  • Sufficient hygiene control is required when printing and handling ink.


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