Food & Beverages: Farm to Fork

The Food & Beverage industry is a complex chain of diverse industries that supply all the food that we consume. The food we see on our shelves has gone through a number of processes to get there. Starting at the Farm where fresh produce like Fruits and Vegetables are grown, moving to the manufacturing stage, where this produce is processed to meet consumer expectations and demands, to the retailer where the final goods are marketed and sold.

Colour indicates freshness, flavour and quality of a product. Compared to the variety of parameters which require accurate analytical monitoring in a food laboratory, colour represents the only immediately apparent quality indicator to the consumer. It deserves the appropriate attention through objective and repeatable measurement from Farm to Fork including raw materials, production processes and the final product. You eat with your eyes and it is therefore important to ensure that the products consumers purchase look fresh, appealing and appetizing.

Controlling the colour of food is challenging as the colour and appearance of food and beverages changes during the processing and production stage. Challenges can arise due to a change in raw materials, changes in the production process and changes to food colourants and additives. Colour debates occur regularly between suppliers and customers as different people perceive colour differently. All of these challenges can be solved with reliable measurement of colour.

Apart from measuring the colour of food and beverages, we can also indicate ingredient adulteration, chemical make-up and other properties through spectroscopy and NIR.

We serve an almost endless number of applications in the Food and Beverage industry, below we have highlighted some examples of how colour is used to monitor quality, prevent production rejections and ensure that customers receive the same standard of goods time and time again.

Contact Us for help on how to improve your quality control through accurate and reliable colour measurement!