Edible ink formulation to enable personalised confectionary
Supporting the R&D of edible inks for printing on personalised confectionary
Choc.ly is a business based in the North East of England that has developed a printing technique to print multiple high precision layers of edible ink onto chocolate. The company produces inkjet inks derived from natural pigments that can be printed onto chocolate for personalised confectionary.
Choc.ly partnered with CPI with a primary research focus to develop their ink formulation using natural pigments and to improve the ink’s resistance to bacterial growth. Choc.ly worked with CPI to develop suitable ink formulations and test their colour stability and bacterial growth over time.
This work was carried out as part of CPI’s Project IMPACT (Innovative Materials via Precision Additive Coating Technologies), which was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
An input is a unique capability, service or method of support that was provided, such as equipment or expertise.
- ERDF funding via Project IMPACT
- Expertise in the formulation of printable inks and additive manufacturing
- State-of-the-art facilities
An output is the result of the work, such as an experimental finding, an actual product or a pilot demonstrator.
- Formulation of different coloured, natural pigment inks
- Tests conducted on the colour stability and bacterial growth over time of the ink formulations
- Report produced detailing findings and recommendations for further research
An outcome arises from implementing the outputs, for example, a profit, an investment, providing jobs or delivering societal benefits. Outcomes continue once an innovation has been implemented and deliver benefit every year.
- Suitable alternative formulations for colour stable inks with bacterial growth inhibition developed
- Greater understanding of the effects of pH changes in inhibiting bacterial growth in Choc.ly’s inks
- Further research goals identified
- Discussions underway with global confectionary manufacturers to advance commercialisation