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Xinova seeks breakthrough methods to measure sugar content in solid foods.

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Time required to obtain a typical Brix measurement

Snack Industry | Xinova

$374 Billion

Annual global snack sales

$21MM

Global market for optical test equipment

$3.3B

Market for chromatography equipment used for food

The ability to monitor sugar content during various steps in food production processes can increase quality and efficiency – particularly in raw material screening, production process development, production quality monitoring, nutritional labeling fulfillment, consumer taste testing, and shelf stability evaluation.

The Next Generation of Brix

Inventions needed to measure the sugar content of solid food

Why measure sugar content?

 

Sugar content provides information on the taste characteristics and physical properties of foods and beverages.

What is Brix?

 

The Brix value approximates sugar content in a liquid solution, allowing quality to be rapidly verified against accepted Brix values for a product, such as wine, beer, juice, syrup, and soft drinks.

The Invention Challenge

 

The Brix Measurement is widely used for sugar quantification, but is only applicable to liquids.

No measurement comparable to Brix exists for rapid and reliable determination of sugar content in solid foods. In solid foods, measuring and interpreting Brix is more difficult because non-sugar solids comprise a significant proportion of the food matter. Can you solve this?

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Current Technology

 

Technologies for measuring sugar content of solid foods are generally time-consuming and require expensive equipment.

Various techniques have been developed for determining sugar content, however no existing technology allows for the monitoring of sugar content in solid foods throughout the production process in a simple and efficient manner.

Most current techniques, including those described below, also require the sugar to be dissolved in a carrier liquid, which is unsuitable or undesirable for solid foods.

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Invention Suggestions

Techniques and/or instruments can be manual or automated and should enable the rapid and accurate measurement of sugar content in solid foods.

For example, inventions could involve innovations in the areas of improved extraction, fat accommodation, and sample preparation techniques, as well as methods to distinguish between sugars and other starches.

 

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Our Worldwide Locations

USA

Xinova
311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
USA
+1 (206) 800-2678

Japan

Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan
+81-3-6478-6120
xinova.jp

China

Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China

Singapore

Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
150 Beach Road
#08-06/08 Gateway West 
189720 Singapore
+65 6408 5080

Korea

Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Gangnam-gu 
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840
xinova.co.kr

Australia

Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
Suite 1, Level 18
227 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
+61 2 8093 4850

India

Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India

Finland

Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki
Finland

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