Applications of Colorimeters in Food and Beverage


Food and Beverage is a term that collectively refers to the industries involved in the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food and drinks. This sector encompasses a wide range of activities, including agriculture, food processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, retailing, and hospitality. It includes everything from growing crops and raising livestock to preparing and serving meals, as well as producing and selling beverages such as water, juices, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages. The food and beverage industry plays a crucial role in meeting the nutritional needs and preferences of individuals and communities, and it is closely tied to cultural, economic, and social aspects of society.

Depending on specific features and functions, GAO Tek’s Colorimeters are sometimes referred to as spectrophotometers, photometers, chromameters, color analyzers, color measurement devices, color meters, color spectrometers, color sensors, color comparators, color readers.

GAO Tek’s colorimeters have the following applications in food and beverage:

  • Quality Control: Colorimeters are used to ensure consistent color and appearance of food and beverage products. This is crucial for maintaining product quality and consumer satisfaction.
  • Freshness Assessment: Color changes can indicate spoilage or deterioration in foods. Colorimeters help detect subtle changes in color that might not be visible to the human eye, allowing for timely removal of spoiled products.
  • Ripeness Determination: Color is often an indicator of ripeness in fruits and vegetables. Colorimeters are used to determine optimal harvest times and monitor the ripening process.
  • Batch Consistency: Colorimeters aid in maintaining consistent color across different batches of products, helping food and beverage manufacturers meet their desired standards.
  • Beverage Analysis: In the beverage industry, colorimeters are used to ensure the consistent color of drinks such as juices, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Baking and Cooking: Colorimeters help monitor the color of baked goods and cooked foods, ensuring they achieve the desired appearance and doneness.
  • Flavor Identification: Color can be linked to flavor perception. Colorimeters are used to identify correlations between color and taste, contributing to product development and optimization.
  • Packaging Evaluation: Colorimeters assess how packaging materials affect the color of food and beverages, helping manufacturers choose suitable packaging to maintain product quality.
  • Ingredient Analysis: Colorimeters are used to analyze the color of food additives, natural colorants, and ingredients to ensure they meet regulatory standards and contribute to the desired final product appearance.
  • Labeling Compliance: Colorimeters aid in ensuring that the color of food and beverage products matches the color indicated on labels, complying with labeling regulations.
  • Nutritional Content: Color can be related to the nutritional content of certain foods. Colorimeters are used to study these relationships and develop new ways to assess nutritional quality.
  • Research and Development: Colorimeters are employed in research labs to study the effects of processing methods, storage conditions, and other factors on the color stability and quality of food and beverage products.

More information on Colorimeters and their applications in other industries can be found on this page.

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Complying with Food and Beverage Standards

GAO Tek’s Colorimeters comply or help our customers comply with the industry standards such as:

  • ASTM E1331-96(2017)
  • ASTM E1164-14
  • ISO 2049:2014
  • ISO 8589:2007
  • ISO 11036:2011
  • CIE 15:2004
  • CIE 142:2001
  • DIN 6174-1
  • BS 7699-3
  • FDA 21 CFR Part 73



Complying with Government Regulations

GAO Tek’s colorimeters comply or help our customers comply with the U.S. government regulations such as:

  • Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870) – Division 15: Color Additives
  • Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (C.R.C., c. 417)
  • Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR)
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  • Weights and Measures Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. W-6) and Regulations
  • Canada Agricultural Products Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 20 (4th Supp.)) and Regulations
  • Natural Health Products Regulations (SOR/2003-196)

GAO Tek’s colorimeters comply or help our clients comply with the Mexican regulations such as:

  • Ley General de Salud (General Health Law)
  • Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010
  • Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-142-SSA1/SCFI-2014
  • Secretaría de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural (SADER)
  • Secretaría de Economía (SE)
  • Ley de Metrología y Normalización

GAO Tek’s colorimeters comply or help our clients comply with the European regulations such as:

  • Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on Food Additives
  • Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers
  • Regulation (EU) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
  • Directive 2000/13/EC on the labeling, presentation, and advertising of foodstuffs
  • Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 on food for infants, medical purposes, and weight control
  • Regulation (EU) No 2017/2158 on food safety measures for non-compliant plant products
  • European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.)

Case Studies of Colorimeters in Food and Beverage

Colorimeters are sometimes called as spectrophotometers, photometers, chromameters, color analyzers, color measurement devices, color meters, color spectrometers, color sensors, color comparators, color readers.

Here are some practical examples of using colorimeters in food and beverage:

Bakery Products Quality Control: A bakery in the Northeast might use colorimeters to ensure consistent color in baked goods like bread, pastries, and cookies.

Farms or distribution centers might employ colorimeters to determine the optimal harvest time for fruits and vegetables to meet consumer preferences.

Meat processing facilities could use colorimeters to assess the color of fresh and processed meat products to ensure freshness and quality.

Dairy manufacturers might utilize colorimeters to maintain the desired color of products like yogurt, cheese, and milk.

Breweries, wineries, and beverage companies could use colorimeters to ensure consistency in the color of beverages, including beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Snack Foods Quality Assurance: Snack food manufacturers may employ colorimeters to monitor color variations in products like chips, crackers, and snacks.

Producers of sauces, condiments, and dressings might use colorimeters to maintain consistent color in their products.

Companies that manufacture frozen foods might use colorimeters to verify that frozen items maintain their intended color after thawing.

Candy and confectionery manufacturers could use colorimeters to ensure uniform color in candies and chocolates.

Food companies across the Northeast might use colorimeters to ensure compliance with food labeling regulations related to color additives and natural colorants.

Companies producing frozen foods could use colorimeters to ensure that frozen items retain their intended color.

Breweries and beverage manufacturers might use colorimeters to monitor color consistency in beverages like beer and soft drinks.

Confectionery manufacturers might employ colorimeters to maintain uniform color in candies and chocolates.


GAO RFID Inc. RFID Hardware, a sister company of GAO Tek Inc., is ranked as a top 10 RFID supplier in the world. Its RFID, BLE, and IoT products have also been widely used in food and beverage.

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Use of Colorimeters with Leading Software and Cloud Services in Food and Beverage

GAO Tek has used or has facilitated its customers to use GAO’s Colorimeters with some of the leading software and cloud services in their applications. Examples of such leading software and cloud services include:

  • Color Measurement Software
  • Spectral Data Analysis Software
  • Quality Control Software
  • Process Monitoring Software
  • Color Analysis Software
  • Statistical Analysis Software
  • Data Visualization Software
  • Cloud Data Storage
  • Remote Calibration Services
  • Remote Access and Control
  • Cloud-Based Analytics
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Collaborative Analysis


GAO Tek’s Colorimeters and their applications in other industries are listed on this page.

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Meeting Customers’ Demands

Large Choice of Products

In order to satisfy the diversified needs of their corporate customers, GAO Tek Inc. and its sister company GAO RFID Inc. together offer a wide choice of testing and measurement devices, network products, RFID, BLE, IoT, and drones.

Fast Delivery

To shorten the delivery to our customers, GAO has maintained a large stock of its products and is able to ship overnight within the continental U.S. and Canada, and fast delivery to Mexico and Europe from the nearest warehouse.

Local to Our Customers

We are located in both the U.S. and Canada. We travel to customers’ premises if necessary. Hence, we provide a very strong local support to our customers in North America, particularly the U.S., Canada and Mexico and Europe. Furthermore, we have built partnerships with some integrators, consulting firms and other service providers in different cities to further strengthen our services. Here are some of the service providers in Food and Beverage we have worked with to serve our joint customers:

  • Emerson Process Management
  • Honeywell
  • Rockwell Automation
  • ABB
  • Siemens
  • Schneider Electric
  • Omron
  • Belden
  • Pepperl+Fuchs
  • CGI
  • IBM Canada
  • Wipro Canada
  • TCS Canada
  • Cognizant Canada
  • Infosys Canada
  • HCL Canada
  • NTT DATA Canada
  • CGI Federal
  • DXC Technology
  • EDS
  • IT Consultants
  • Accenture Canada
  • Deloitte Canada
  • KPMG Canada
  • PwC Canada
  • Mexico
  • Indra
  • Softtek
  • Everis
  • IBM Mexico
  • TCS Mexico
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Wipro
  • TCS
  • Cognizant
  • Infosys
  • HCL
  • Capgemini

GAO Has Many Customers in Food and Beverage

The products from both GAO Tek Inc. and GAO RFID Inc. have been widely used in Food and Beverage by many customers, including some leading companies. Here is more information on applications of GAO RFID Inc.’s products in Food and Beverage.

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Here are some of GAO’s customers in food and beverage:

  • Nestlé
  • Danone
  • Unilever
  • Coca-Cola
  • Pepsico
  • Mondelez International
  • AB InBev
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Diageo
  • Carlsberg
  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Cargill
  • Tyson Foods
  • Smithfield Foods
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • Coca-Cola Femsa
  • Arca Continental

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