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NIR Spectroscopy for Post-Harvest Fresh Produce Supply Chain

Near Infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool that can make the fresh produce supply more transparent and reduce food waste. Moreover, it can increase competitiveness during price fixation. NIR spectroscopy is now available in portable devices that can monitor the quality of fresh produce which results from conditions they are subjected to in various… Continue reading…

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Date Fruits

NIR spectroscopy is replacing older, more destructive methods of analysis to detect chemical and physical characteristics in date fruits. Modern NIR spectrometers that are portable and small have extended the application of this technology to farms, storage facilities, and retail markets. The new devices provide a rapid, accurate, and easy method to assess quality, chemical… Continue reading…

Distributor Trip to Dakar Mango Plantation [PHOTOS]

Our distributor, Agrovolta, in Senegal recently met with Mango Plantation Farmers just north of Dakar to show them our F-751 Mango Quality Meter!  Here are some photos of their trip.

NIR for Cheese Production

Near-infrared spectroscopy can be used to control quality and monitor the manufacturing process of several kinds of cheese. The technology helps people in fine-tuning cheese production to save costs and avoid waste. Many devices proposed in the last seven decades have not been able to meet industry standards, mainly because they are destructive. Thus, both… Continue reading…

Make Food Safe with NIR Spectrometers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared safe food a public priority because contaminated and spoiled food poses a significant global health risk. Hence, safety is receiving as much attention as quality in food production. It is, however, not easy to detect threats to food manually, so the WHO suggests that stakeholders consider strategies to… Continue reading…

Food-Processing Relies on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

There is inherent variability in the chemical composition of fruits, vegetables, and meat, which cannot be detected by color, shape, touch, or smell. Near-Infrared technology can identify and distinguish products based on their chemical composition. Hence, it is used for the processing of both plant and animal foods in the selection of raw materials to… Continue reading…

Spanish-Language Webinar this Week!

Felix Instruments is hosting our first Spanish-language webinar at 8am PST on May 14, 2020!  Customer Relationship Manager Ivonne Chica and Staff Scientist Eric Munoz-Garcia will be hosting this event focusing on the F-751 Avocado and Mango Quality Meters. This instrument is a near-infrared spectrometer that is able to non-destructively test the ripeness of the produce to… Continue reading…

Quality Meters Can Increase Tomato Yield and Profit

Tomatoes are the most consumed fresh produce globally. While dry matter, BRIX, and acidity are well-established quality parameters used in the whole supply chain of many fruits, their use in tomato production has not been fully realized. This article will show how quality meters could be used at the farm level, during sorting and packing,… Continue reading…

NIR for Nectarines and Peaches

Quality parameters are useful in various stages of a supply chain and are used for different purposes. In peaches and nectarines, the quality parameters have been used to estimate maturity, select fruits for processing, and monitor quality. Near Infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy can be used for the non-destructive, rapid, and cost-effective chemical analysis of the internal… Continue reading…

NIR for Plums

Quality parameters in plums (Prunus domestica) can be estimated non-destructively by near-infrared spectroscopy to improve harvest and post-harvest management. It has the advantage of being able to analyze internal characteristics of the fruit, such as soluble sugars content, acidity, firmness, taste, and internal color. Consistent monitoring can ensure consumer satisfaction and improve the prices producers… Continue reading…

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