Baked Goods Color Measurement

The aroma of fresh baked goods fused with visually appealing colors can create a memorable and lasting impression. The golden bronze allure of a loaf of baked butter wheat bread, the enticing walnut hues of tasty chocolate chip cookies, or the sandy tones of a crisp salted wheat cracker, all indicate a measure of quality and flavor consumers have come to expect. HunterLab specializes in helping the world's largest baked goods producers consistently manage the color of their products to meet the quality standards of their demanding customers.

Test Color of Baked Goods

HunterLab was the first company to receive USDA approval for the instrumental evaluation of food color, and many of the world's top producers of baked goods rely on HunterLab solutions for color quality control of their products, including Kraft, Kelloggs, Keebler, General Mills, Entenmanns, Stroehmann, Bremners, Arnolds, Frito-Lay, George Weston Bakeries and Mondelez.


The importance of measuring the color of baked goods is to quantify the color to that of visual human perception, ensuring that the color will meet with the expectations of the consumer. The preferred measurement technique is to employ a Directional 45°/0° reflectance instrument. This is the geometry that most closely matches how the human eye sees color.


Measure Color of Baked Goods

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.

ColorFlex EZ (Directional 45°/0° Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

40% of our customers prefer this instrument because of its compact design and integrated display, so does not require a PC and external software.

Test Color with ColorFlex EZ

D25 NC

Combining its unique automated motion with the ability to measure and average up to 5 readings per second, the D25 NC is unsurpassed in its ability to accurately measure large, irregular shaped samples of any type.

Test Color with D25NC

MiniScan EZ 4500L (45°/0° Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

10% of our customers select the hand-held MiniScan EZ because it is rugged, lightweight and ergonomically designed and travels anywhere, from the lab to the production line, indoors or outdoors.

Test Color With MiniScan EZ 4500L

SpectraTrend HT - Compact Online Spectrophotometer

HunterLab's next generation SpectraTrend HT spectrophotometer takes color quality control to its highest level with 0/30 design for ultimate precision.

Test Color with SpectraTrend HT

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.

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CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values

CIE Standard Observers and calculation of CIE X, Y, Z color values.

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Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*

Measuring Color using Hunter L, a, b vs CIE 1976 L*a*b*.

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Averaging in Color Measurement

Averaging in Color Measurement.

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Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments

Using Hitch Standardization on a Series of Color Measuring Instruments.

AN 1031 Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters

Identification of Measurement Parameters.

AN 1033 Color versus Appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance

Understanding the difference between measuring color and measuring appearance.

Food Industry Brochure

The trusted choice of the world's leading food processing companies

The trusted choice of the world's leading food processing companies.

HunterLab Solution Matrix

Geometry, Measurement Modes, and Indices

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

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

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

Measurement method for flat, opaque solids using the UltraScan PRO, UltraScan VIS, or ColorQuest XE.