The ink jet-like printer uses a water-based ink that is heat set into the polystyrene of the clip, making it essentially permanent.
The information and format can be easily changed with a few touches of a computer screen.
So far, more than 100 units have been delivered to grower-shippers since August, he said.
“We’ve been using this type of system with the same type of Kwik Lok for eight to nine years in the bakery industry because they tend to get this stuff before produce,” Ellington said. “They’ve been worried about the traceability and recall stuff for the last eight to nine years.”
Printing 2 million of the closures would cost about $180, about one-tenth the cost of old-style printers, he said.