For example, regulatory compliance with the US Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and other country-specific regulatory requirements, mandate disclosure and labelling of food ingredients and their respective quantities. Also, more consumers are interested in food product nutrient content, so that they may make informed purchase decisions based on diet and health.
Lastly, product quality management and competitive pricing are driving industry trends in analytical methods and technologies. Analytical methods must be applied across the entire food supply chain to achieve the desired final product quality. Cost reduction initiatives and workforce downsizing mandate the implementation of economical, easy-to-use technologies. Thus, simple, cost effective, standardized technology platforms, providing rapid, accurate results, are of the essence for today’s food and beverage space.