Snack foods are quite varied, from potato chips to roasted nuts and pretzels, and from crackers to candy and peanut butter. They range in flavors that include sweet, sour, bitter, salty, savory, metallic and even pungent. Measurement techniques will vary depending on the snack food type, which often include coarse, non-homogeneous and irregularly shaped food products.
Most snack foods will be opaque in nature so are best measured using a Directional 45°/0° reflectance instrument. This is the measurement mode and geometry that most closely matches the way the human eye 'sees' color. It is also important to insure the instrument has a large area view since the snack food will typically be contained in a sample holder like a petri dish or bowl.
Many of HunterLab's spectrophotometers are versatile enough to accommodate most applications of color measurement. However, based on 60+ years of experience and a thorough understanding of our customers' needs and product use, these particular instruments are most suited for this industries application:
If you are unsure which instrument type is right for your samples, please call or email HunterLab technical support and we will be happy to assist you in making the proper instrument selection.
AN 1002.01 Standard Observer
CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values.AN 1005 HunterLab vs CIE Lab
Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*.AN 1013 Averaging
Averaging in Color Measurement.AN 1018 Hitch Stdz
Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments.AN 1029 Online Nuts
Using the SpectraTrend HT for the On-Line Measurement Measurement.AN 1031 Identification of Measurement Parameters
Identification of Measurement Parameters.AN 1033 Color versus Appearance
Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.Food Industry Brochure
The trusted choice of the world's leading food processing companies.HunterLab Solution Matrix
Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices.MM 5019 Measuring Flat Opaque Solids with ColorQuest XE
Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.MM 5044 Measuring Flat Opaque Solids with UltraScan VIS
Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.MM 5069 Measuring Flat Opaque Solids with UltraScan PRO
Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.MM 5126 Measuring Snack Food Using the Compression Ring and Pan Set with D25 NC MM 5127 Meausuring Large Granular Food with D25 NC