Survive & advance. Selecting performance analysers to reduce waste and streamline product development

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2022 December

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport
    Cereal processes > Cereal and milling science


    Scope & contentBy Charlie Kauffman, Senior Product Specialist for Ingredient Performance, Food Quality & Safety, PerkinElmer, Inc., and Wes Shadow, Global Market Manager, Grain & Processed Foods, PerkinElmer, Inc.

    Unsurprisingly, the modern grain industry - from producers to manufacturers - is under constant pressure from the private and public sectors to meet demands for quality, quantity, price, and sustainability.

    Evolving consumer tastes raise the stakes more, creating demand for less common ingredients – further challenging supply chains already under pressure from climate change and world events. Modern ingredient performance analysis helps producers and manufacturers stay ahead of the curve, however, by streamlining quality control, reformulation, and new product development.

    Rheology is the study of how matter flows. And performance-based testing in the food industry is often rheological testing. It can detect serious quality issues, such as sprout-damaged grain, when high-throughput compositional testing does not. Tools like rapid viscometers with programmable temperature ramping drastically improve the quality and quantity of performance data available. This data is essential to quality control and R&D for milling, extruded foods, malting and brewing, and the growing gluten-free and animal-free food markets.

    With rheology technologies and data, processors can continuously check whether an ingredient is performing as expected, compensate for ingredient variability, and streamline new product development and reformulation. They can also quantify the effects of process inputs like heat, shear, and pH, as well as reproducibly synchronize testing across their supply chain.

    Choosing a measurement system can be tricky, however. Here are some tips and general best practices to consider when selecting a performance analyser…Read more.


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