Food, Beverages, Agriculture

Regarding food, water, beverages and agricultural cropland, the increasing world population is one of the biggest challenges of mankind. How can access be provided to sufficient and safe food as well as clean water? How can crop failure be prevented? Can new food sources be explored?

In industrial nations, the percentage of convenience food has been increasing. How can new ingredients be discovered to replace existing ones regarding calories, fat and flavoring substance in order to support a healthier life?



Customized solutions for complete analysis - e-liquids, e-juices and nicotine liquids


e-liquids are a mixture of glycerin, propylene glycol, water and different flavors which are inhaled through an electronic vaporizer. Some of them also contain caffeine or nicotine in different concentrations. In 2016, the FDA finalized a rule extending their regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including vaporizers and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). This also means manufacture and labeling of e-liquids will be monitored more closely by the administration.

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500 Years German Beer Purity Law & Total Support for Beer Analysis  


Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Europe. In Germany, beer enjoys a particularly high status due to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (the “Reinheitsgebot”), which uniquely defines the ingredients of beer to be hop, malt, yeast and water. On 23. April 2016 the German Beer Purity Law celebrate the 500 years anniversary. That´s why the German Beer Purity Law is the oldest food law in the world which is still valid today and makes beer, in addition to drinking water, one of the most researched food products with the highest standards regarding quality, freshness, appearance and flavor.

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Shimadzu’s Total Support for Beer Analysis



Application Handbook Food - Release 2 - Download now!

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The Secrets of Beers - Standard Methods for Beer Analysis

It is the most popular alcoholic drink in Europe, and next to drinking water, it is one of the most researched food products with the highest standards regarding quality, freshness, appearance and flavor: it is beer.

Uwe Oppermann, Market Manager Food, Shimadzu Europa
Robert H. Clifford, Market Manager Food, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments


Published in: G.I.T. Laboratory Journal, 13.01.2016 





RAFA 2015

Poster and presentation of our program at this years´ RAFA can be downloaded here  



Novel Techniques and New Advances in the Analyses of Fat species in Foods

19th November 2015 at 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CEST

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EXPO 2015, Milan, Italy - Food and Feeding the Planet

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Food and beverages industries

In food and beverages industries, analytical instrumentation methods are essential to ensure high product quality during several steps in the production process, such as quality control of raw materials (e.g. natural products) as well as their treatment during and after production. Whether it is the analysis of degradation of edible oils or the vitamins in baby food, the quantification of food additives or pesticide residues, the quality control of packing materials concerning color and possible contaminants or the determination of distinct aromas found in natural products - the demands of high-throughput food and beverage QA/QC laboratories require high-speed and high-quality analysis.

The quality of food is not only about its ingredients and raw materials, but also about its texture which complements the experience in the moment of consumption. Crispness, gumminess, softness/hardness are all important properties which enhance the taste sensation when people eat.



While the agriculture industry undergoes a shift from natural crop development to the use of biological agents, the fundamental mission of the industry remains the same: providing the world with healthy products. To ensure the health of crops, reliable instruments are needed that provide accurate, timely data on such critical areas as water supply, soil composition and animal feeds.



The natural products industry has undergone a tremendous amount of growth in the last decade. With this dynamic growth, there has been a surge of regulations to monitor the development process and ensure the safety of the end product, e.g. regarding herbs, botanicals, supplements and organic foods.


Shimadzu’s broad range of analytical instruments provide the food, beverages and agricultural industries with leading technologies in chromatography (GC, UHPLC), mass spectrometry (GC-MS, LC-MS, MALDI), sum parameter (TOC), spectroscopy (UV-Vis, FTIR, AAS, ICP-OES, EDX) and material testing. Based on most modern hardware and software, Shimadzu’s systems can be used in highly regulated environments and are compliant with regulations such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and GLP.



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