Auto-ID and labelling solutions provider Sato has teamed up with food services specialist Comerso to assist an undisclosed French grocery retailer in curbing food waste, using a sustainable labelling solution.

Every year, around ten million tonnes of food is lost or wasted in France, according to the data from the French Agency for the Environment and Energy (ADEME).

Through the partnership, Comerso and Sato implemented an on-demand, linerless label printing solution that is designed to allow the consumer to focus on end-of-life products.

The system uses Sato’s TH2 and PW2NX Series portable label printers, as well as hands-free adaptor kits for trolleys.

“The SATO system removes the possibility of input error and saves on paper and backing liner waste.”

It can be connected automatically to the retailer’s network and database and helps to automate markdowns for operators.

Sato France Business Development manager Benoit Gourlay said: “The SATO system removes the possibility of input error and saves on paper and backing liner waste. At a glance, the customer can identify the saving they’ll make if they choose a marked-down item.

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“We’ve also added value for the customer by implementing linerless labels, which offer substantial environmental and cost-saving benefits. Not only are we supporting the prevention of unnecessary food waste, we are helping the retailer to reduce its carbon footprint.”

The system is also equipped with Satolinerless labels, which are pressure sensitive labels without a release liner.

Additionally, access to Sato’s track and trace technology has enabled the retailer to review its unsold items against future orders.

Comerso IT and Quality manager Phillipe Merlet said: “We can now highlight end-of-life products to supermarket customers in a few simple steps; saving them money and preventing unnecessary waste.”