Food & Beverage Packaging Adhesives

Food & Beverage Packaging Adhesives

The food and beverage industry operates under strict regulations regarding the use of substances that may have direct and/or indirect food contact. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published a very specific set of rules on the use of adhesives in food packaging.

The FDA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21, Section 175.105, explicitly outlines the permitted substances in adhesive formulations for the packaging, transporting, or holding of food products. In addition to the make-up and properties of the adhesive, the FDA also places limitations on the quantity of adhesive used in the packaging of both dry and fatty/aqueous foods.

Glue Dots® are rigorously tested and certified for use in food production. Our FDA-compliant adhesives are approved for both direct and indirect food contact applications. These characteristics have made us a leading provider of trusted adhesive solutions in the food and beverage industry.

Applications and Uses

Glue Dots® are ideal for securing products with varied types of packaging. Our non-toxic chemical formulations emit no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can be customized to create permanent or removable bonds as required. Items can be secured to the package itself, or numerous products can be efficiently bundled together in a single packaging unit. Glue Dots® are also durable and reliable enough to withstand the rigors of shipping and transportation.

Glue Dots® are also useful for sealing products such as desiccants and oxygen absorbers. These compounds are sensitive to environmental exposure, so secure packaging is paramount. Glue Dots® can be used to provide a robust packaging seal, extending the shelf life of these compounds.

Our adhesive solutions are also ideal for attaching labels, coupons, and samples to food product packaging. Select Glue Dots® adhesive products are formulated to be removable to facilitate easy detachment of coupons and samples.

Glue Dots vs. Other Adhesives

Glue Dots® possess many advantages over traditional adhesives, such as:

  • Safety
    Glue Dots® are pressure-sensitive adhesives and do not require the use of heat. This makes Glue Dots® inherently safer than hot melt adhesives due to the reduced risk of burns. They are also non-toxic.
  • Speed
    Our adhesives require no drying or curing time, enabling faster and more effective glue application.
  • Customizable
    Glue Dots chemical formulations are also customized for each application. Properties such as thickness, diameter, and spacing can be adjusted to create a precision solution ideal for a specific purpose. Other adhesive properties, such as odor and color can be adjusted as per the requirements of the specific food production application. Temperature resistance may also be customized for use in special freezer grade formulations.
  • Less waste
    Using Glue Dots eliminates wastage from the squeeze-out typically associated with liquid adhesives and guarantees a cleaner application.


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What Are Food & Beverage Adhesives Used For?

When any labels, packaging, or equipment used in processing or packaging could come into contact with food or beverages, the materials must conform to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for food safety. The FDA includes food-safe adhesives in its guidance, defining them as a food contact substance. In short, whether they are in direct contact or only have the possibility of coming in contact with food, they cannot contaminate the foodstuffs with anything harmful, nor can it change the smell or taste of the consumable content.

Some applications of food and beverage adhesives include:

  • Food and container labeling
  • Paper towels and kitchen goods
  • Food sealing
  • Dry food packaging
  • Production line equipment
  • Bonding mesh gauze on filters
  • Sealing parts on dispensing equipment
  • Bonding ceramics
  • Creating handles on kitchen knives & coffee pots, etc.

What Kind of Glue & Adhesives Are Food Safe?

The longevity of any business dealing with consumables depends on quality and safety in its production and packaging processes. How securely food is wrapped has a direct impact on shelf life, nutrition, and consumer appeal. A proper seal protects food and beverages from physical, chemical, and environmental factors that could affect them.

There are a few qualities that define whether or not a bonding agent is safe for use with foodstuffs. A food-safe adhesive is one that has a low melting point. It should have low odor and emit no volatile organic compounds. Acceptable bonding substances for use in food and beverage applications are outlined in FDA CFR, Title 21, Sections 175.105 and 175.300:

  • Hot melt
  • Hide glue
  • Liquid-based glue
  • Epoxies
  • Silicone adhesives

The FDA regulations also list the additives that can be used in conjunction with the adhesives, such as color pigments. These guidelines don’t just include acceptable substances, but also provide instruction on how they should be used, the placement in relation to the food, and the quantity of adhesive.

Considerations When Choosing Adhesives for Food and Beverage Applications

When choosing what type of products should be used in your food or beverage-specific application, you want assurance that the adhesives are safe, rigorously tested under monitored and controlled conditions, and are FDA compliant. That means working with a source you can trust. Not every manufacturer has the knowledge and experience to understand the unique requirements and safety needs for food and beverage applications.

Other qualities that should be considered are ease of use, tack, and shelf life. Hot melt systems and liquid adhesives require preparation time and safety precautions. Since all adhesives don’t have the same bond strength and all applications have different requirements, you need a product with a variety of tack levels to fit various circumstances. The adhesive you use in your food and beverage applications should be extremely stable for storage and transport with no degradation over time under recommended conditions.

Food-Grade & FDA-Compliant Adhesives From Glue Dots

Glue Dots Adhesives are preformed, double-sided, pressure-sensitive, and require no setup time. There is no risk of burns, residue, or fumes as there are with hot melt, double-sided tape, and liquid adhesives. They will not degrade with time and come in a variety of tack levels. Our FDA-compliant products for use in both direct and indirect food contact also conform to ASTM D-4236.

When safety and efficiency are critical to your food or beverage business, non-toxic Glue Dots are the answer. Contact us today to find out more about our products and how we can help you. For a quote, please use our RFQ form.


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