New food contact inks from HuberGroup 

Hubergroup Print Solutions has introduced a new sheetfed offset ink, MGA Contact, that’s said to be safe for printing on the inside of paper and cardboard food packaging, in direct contact with food, when used with the appropriate dispersion varnish. This in turn gives brands more space for their messaging.

Hubergroup’s new MGA Contact ink for sheetfed offset can be used in direct contact with food.

The ink meets the European standard of less than 10 mg/dm² global migration. This is due to the careful selection of raw materials to ensure that only ingredients which have been authorised for direct contact with food in accordance with EU guidelines and FDA criteria are used. This includes the binders used in the manufacture of this ink, which are based on special esters that are evaluated for food contact. In addition, the ink uses a sustainable formulation, free of mineral oils, and is suitable for recycling. It is produced in a separate production facility at Hubergroup’s plant in Celle, Germany. 

This ink is not suitable for contact with liquid food, due to poor resistance of possible substrates. Hubergroup warns that the inks do not dry through oxidation and so have to be finished with a water-based coating to ensure adequate rub resistance. The MGA Contact ink only needs to be coated with a dispersion varnish, such as Hubergroup’s Acrylac DFC (Direct Food Contact) range. There’s no need for any further functional barriers, which should help to cut costs. 

The MGA Contact ink is available as process inks for six-colour printing, including CMYK plus orange and green for use as an extended colour gamut ink. HuberGroup claims that the MGA Contact ink offers the same process stability in printing as other inks in the MGA series so that printers won’t need to make any special adjustments. The company also says that the ink has good light fastness, comparable to its conventional offset inks. The waiting time before the printed sheets can be further processed is similar to that for conventional inks, with the actual time depending on the quality of the substrate. 

The company also offers fount concentrates for use with the MGA series inks. It’s worth noting that if a press is used with any other type of ink then it will have to be thoroughly cleaned before printing the food contact packaging to prevent contamination from the other ink.

Josef Sutter, product manager for sheetfed UV inks for Europe at hubergroup, commented: “With MGA Contact, brand owners and packaging designers now have twice as much space to display their messages and information. This way, packaging for fruit, vegetables or chocolates can feature a more attractive design.” 

The MGA Contact ink is priced slightly higher than standard inks, due to the nature of the raw materials used. It is available worldwide now and you can find further details from hubergroup.com.


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