Grain Color Measurement

Cereals are a staple food item for most consumers, found in over 90% of households globally. Cereals are typically prepared from grasses such as wheat, oats, corn and other starchy grains or their edible seed or fruit such as buckwheat or grain amaranth. As with most food products, a consumer's perception of the flavor of a cereal is closely tied to its color. 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 cereal products, including General Mills, Kelloggs, Purina and Gilster-Mary Lee, rely on HunterLab solutions for color management and quality control of their products.

Test Color of Cereal Grains

Cereals are the finished products that are processed from grains such as maize, wheat, rice, oats and rye. Cereals come in all sizes, shapes, colors and flavors. Strong associations between the consumer's judgment of a product's color and its taste are learned through experience, and cereal producers around the world understand the importance of color consistency of their cereal products. In many cases the color of cereals is measured to ensure batch-to-batch consistency to exacting color standards.


Measure Color of Cereal Grains

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.

Measure Color with MiniScan EZ

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.