Spectrophotometers Help Perfect Color and Haze in Functional Beverages
Consumers who choose functional beverages tend to be discerning when it comes to their drinks, both in terms of the function itself and the overall appearance of the product. As such, beverage manufacturers must contend with dual issues in product color management: you must consider both the hue of your product as well as how clear or cloudy that product is. While these issues are critical at all production scales, they can be particularly difficult to pinpoint when products are being manufactured in large batches. This is where spectrophotometers can be used to simplify the process.
Spectrophotometers allow you to establish a target color for your beverages based on existing products or new aesthetic parameters. By comparing new formulations to your personal color standard, you can ensure that every batch falls within your color tolerance range. This data can not only ensure that every product you release has the hue you want, but can help you fine-tune your formula by correlating ingredients and process variables with color. Additionally, in transparent and translucent products, spectrophotometers may be used to measure haze, helping you establish and adhere to clarity expectations.
Color and haze have historically had to be measured separately, even if measured with the same instrument, potentially making the quality control process laborious and time-consuming. HunterLab’s Vista spectrophotometer, however, is specifically designed to measure transmission color and haze simultaneously. With simultaneous sample measurement, you minimize both sample preparation time and product waste, dramatically increasing the efficiency of your color quality control process. In addition to its measurement capabilities, the Vista comes with the EasyMatch Essentials color measurement software which features multiple data views, a touchscreen display with customizable workspaces, and a comprehensive range of color and haze scales and indices. This allows operators to easily capture and analyze color and haze data with the highest level of accuracy and precision. A spill-resistant sample compartment and small footprint mean the Vista can be integrated into virtually any environment.
When you’re creating new products or updating existing formulas to connect with consumers demanding more functional beverages, color and haze must be at the forefront of the product development process to ensure appeal to consumers. Through objective color measurement, you can ensure your product remains visually appealing while meeting consumers demand for functionality.
Beverage manufacturers don’t have the time to quality check every single bottle of product that leaves the production floor, but they can implement better quality control standards with the right technology. The Vista spectrophotometer is ideal for measuring both color and haze in liquid samples, making it an indispensable tool in your quality control process. Additionally, HunterLab offers a full range of benchtop, portable, and on-line instruments for accurately and precisely analyzing a wide range of products. Contact us to learn more about our renowned instruments and let us help you select the right tools for your needs.