Powders, Grains, and Pastes

Ingredients play a key role in the development of food, with unique flavors and textures and as importantly, influencing the color of the final food product. Major brands around the world understand the importance of ensuring appealing food color as this closely relates to a consumers perception of flavor. That is why companies like McCormick, Smuckers, ConAgra Foods and other major world-wide brands rely HunterLab's 60 + years of experience and knowledge in providing solutions to ensure color consistency of their food ingredients throughout their supply chain.

Test Color of Powder Ingredients

While powders, grains and pastes, such as flour, sugar and cocoa, are largely dissimilar in their chemical and structural properties, they often share the common attribute of being opaque in nature and therefore benefit from similar color measurement techniques and instrumentation.


As with all opaque samples, best practices for color measurement dictate the use of directional 45°/0° reflectance geometry.



Measure Color of Powder Ingredient

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

LabScan XE (Directional 0°/45° Geometry, Reflectance, 400-700 nm)

10% of HunterLab customers select this instrument for its large 44 mm (1.75 inch) measuring port, and for its level of sophistication, simplicity and versatility.

Test Color with LabScan XE

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 of MiniScan EZ 4500L

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.

AN 1002

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

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

AN 1003

Color Measurement on Very Small Samples

Color Measurement on Very Small Samples

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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 5100 Measuring Loose Powder with ColorFlex EZ

Measurement method for loose powder with ColorFlex EZ

Measurement method for loose powder with ColorFlex EZ.