Controlling the Colour Additives in Beverages

Reviewed by Anurag Mishra (Sr. Technical Consultant)

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Additives are often added in a drink to make them more appealing. The colour of drink stimulates the brain to assume its taste. To impact that perception, additives are added. These additives are sometimes used in an application like cosmetics that could get swallowed. But the usage of these additives is controlled by different regulatory authorities. And, to keep the thing under control at production end it is important to take the support of Translucent Beverage Color Measurement, that could measure the colour.

Certainly, these instruments cannot calculate the quantity of additives added. But with master and sample comparison, colour managers can keep a tab on their colour recipe.

Usage of Additives in Drinks

There are two types of additives available; synthetic and natural. Synthetic additives are made up of harmless chemicals whereas natural additives are made up of natural ingredients like vegetables, fruits and edible flowers. This depends on the vibrancy of the colour. The natural colours are available in concentrated form. Excessive usage of additives is more like presenting a deceptive product to the consumer, which is why there is a cap on the usage of the additives.

How can the use of additives be controlled?

Every food manufacturer uses a certain amount of artificial colour to achieve the consistency in the products. To achieve that consistency liquid colour measuring devices can be used so that a balanced approach can be adopted.
Colour Measuring Devices

Food colours are available in different forms like liquid drops, powder or paste. These devices are used for measuring colour in different forms after adding into the recipe. These devices are capturing the image of the sample that is to be measured, process the signal and convert it into numerical format. The quantified values are comprehended by the colour managers to prepare the recipe.

Translucent Beverage Color Measurement offered by Testronix are capable of measuring the transmittance and reflectance of the colours and offers cost-effective solutions for the manufacturers to formulate the colours in beverages, food products, and other consumables. A portable spectrophotometer is a device which is widely used for liquid colour measurement.

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