Sauce & Dressing Color Measurement

The creative mixture of ingredients specifically blended to enhance the flavors of any dish, and to create appealing visual color characteristics. From flame red spaghetti sauce made from ripe heirloom tomatoes, to the savory ruby red of tangy barbeque sauce or even the satin ivory of a creamy Caesar salad dressing, these products are often times packaged to be visible to the consumer as a key enticement to drive purchases. HunterLab has been providing color measurement solutions to the food industry for over 60 years and trusted by major global brands including Kraft, Heinz, Unilever, ConAgra Foods, and Kens among many others.

Measure Color of Sauces

Sauces and Dressings are typically opaque liquids in form, and their colors are designed to entice consumers to choose one brand over another. It is well-known that the perception of food flavor is closely tied to its color, proven time and again through the science of sensory analysis.


The proper 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 and how a consumer will view the product when making a selection.


Test Color of Sauces and Dressings

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.

Measure Color with LabScan XE

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 5020 Measuring Translucent Semi-Solids with ColorQuest XE

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.

MM 5045 Measuring Translucent Semi-Solids with UltraScan VIS

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.

MM 5070 Measuring Translucent Semi-Solids with UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO

Measurement method for translucent semi-solids using the ColorQuest XE, UltraScan VIS, or UltraScan PRO.