Separations in the Food Industry

September 14, 2011

E-Separation Solutions

E-Separation Solutions-09-01-2011, Volume 0, Issue 0

The global food, beverage, and agriculture industry caters to the population of the entire world. Even though the food industry does not rely on analytical instrumentation to the same extent as perhaps other industries, the sheer size of the industry results in a considerable market for such instruments.

The global food, beverage, and agriculture industry caters to the population of the entire world. Even though the food industry does not rely on analytical instrumentation to the same extent as perhaps other industries, the sheer size of the industry results in a considerable market for such instruments.

2010 Separations demand in food industry

Applications in food safety and security account for a large portion of the analytical instrumentation usage in the industry. Food research is another active area of study carried out in academia, government laboratories, and in laboratories within the commercial food industry. These studies focus on basic research in nutrition, the effect of diet on health, and the development of new genetically modified organisms, ingredients, and processes.

After product development is complete, quality control and process control are critical elements in the food industry. Again, analytical technologies are an important part of these tasks. Thus, although there can be some overlap, the main uses of analytical technologies are in promoting food security, food safety, food research, quality control, and process control.

The various separations technologies frequently used for food analysis are high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), ion chromatography, low-pressure LC, flash chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and chemical sensors. Separation techniques in the food industry are used for hundreds of applications, some of which include detection of aflatoxins in foods, amino acid analysis, vitamin separations, profiling various food components, analysis of colorants and residues, triglyceride determination, sugar content analysis, and determination of various other organic compounds

In 2010, the separations market accounted for about one-tenth of the total analytical instrumentation demand in the food industry. Demand for quality control applications and stronger mandates for food safety are expected to drive growth, particularly for LC–mass spectrometry (MS) and GC–MS systems.

The foregoing data were extracted and adapted from SDi’s Market Analysis and Perspective report entitled Food Testing and Analysis: Improving Quality and Assuring Safety. For more information, contact Glenn Cudiamat, VP of Research Services, Strategic Directions International, Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045, (310) 641-4982, fax: (310) 641-8851, e-mail: cudiamat@strategic-directions.com