Snacks Color Measurement

Today's 'on-the-go' pace finds consumer eating patterns changing from the traditional three main meals per day to several smaller meals, as many as 8-9, throughout the day. This trend is followed by healthier snack foods outpacing indulgent snack foods 4 to 1. As convenient, nutritious snacks or mini meals increase in demand, the world's top snack food producers like PepsiCo, Kellogg, Frito-Lay and Keebler rely on HunterLab solutions to help ensure color quality, a key attribute to a consumer's decision when purchasing snack foods.

Test Color of Snacks

Snack foods are quite varied, from potato chips to roasted nuts and pretzels, and from crackers to candy and peanut butter. They range in flavors that include sweet, sour, bitter, salty, savory, metallic and even pungent. Measurement techniques will vary depending on the snack food type, which often include coarse, non-homogeneous and irregularly shaped food products.


Most snack foods will be opaque in nature so are best measured using a Directional 45°/0° reflectance instrument. This is the measurement mode and geometry that most closely matches the way the human eye 'sees' color. It is also important to insure the instrument has a large area view since the snack food will typically be contained in a sample holder like a petri dish or bowl.


Measure Color of Snacks

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

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

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.

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Using the SpectraTrend HT for the On-Line Measurement

Using the SpectraTrend HT for the On-Line Measurement.

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.

MM 5126 Measuring Snack Food

Using the Compression Ring and Pan Set with D25 NC