Color measurement of beverages

In the beverage industry, high standards are set for freshness and quality. The manufacturers and producers of direct juices, juices from concentrate, nectars, spritzers, milk, coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks all aim to comply with this. HunterLab spectrophotometers help to ensure a consistent visual appearance for opaque, transparent and translucent samples.

Different measuring devices for different samples:


From carbonated soft drinks, fruit/vegetable juices or concentrates and smoothies to spirits – beverages can be opaque, translucent or transparent and require different measuring instruments and/or measuring techniques for successful color measurement. Let us know what condition your liquid sample is in.

We will be happy to advise you.

Opaque, transparent, translucent

Opaque liquids usually have a high solids content, are not penetrated by light and are normally characterized by a high Brix value. These include tomato juice, orange juice, smoothies, soy milk and protein drinks. Samples of this type are best measured using a 45/0° reflectance spectrophotometer. This is the geometry that best matches the way the human eye ‘sees’ color.

Transparent liquids have a very low or no solids content and allow light to pass through with little or no absorption and scattering, so that objects on the other side can be seen clearly. These liquids can only be measured with a transmission device. Transparent drinks include water, apple juice, lemonade, soft/energy drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Translucent liquids have a medium level of solid components and a low Brix value and allow light to pass through, but only diffusely, so that objects on the other side cannot be clearly recognized. Both reflective and transmissive measurement modes work well depending on the light transmittance of the sample. Special accessories may be required for this.

Our solutions for quality control of beverages:

ColorFlex EZ

Compact spectrophotometric station

  • Many measuring openings

    Various measuring openings (10 mm, 13 mm, 19 mm, 25.4 mm, 31.8 mm) for many types of samples.
  • Compact dimensions

    With a weight of 4.5 kg and dimensions of 16.0 cm (height), 13.0 cm (width) and 36.0 cm (depth), the CFEZ is the ideal partner in the laboratory and production.
  • Integrated QC software

    Display of absolute and differential data, color location visualization, spectral curves, spectral data and PASS/FAIL with individual tolerances.
ColorFlex EZ
  • 45°/0° geometry

    The CFEZ measures color as the human eye sees it. Every day. Reliable and precise.
  • In many versions

    The ColorFlex EZ is available in Tomato, Citrus and Coffee versions.
  • Uncomplicated & precise

    Simple measurement at the touch of a button with measurement results within a few seconds. Reduces training time, optimizes the workflow and increases your productivity.


Standard-compliant testing of color and turbidity
  • Color & Haze

    Simultaneous measurement of color in transmission and haze.
  • Enough space for samples

    Large transmission shaft for many sizes and types of cuvettes, vials and foils.
  • Integrated QC software

    The EasyMatch QC Essentials quality control software is integrated into the device and provides all the required color indices, color numbers and metrics.
  • Full spectrum

    Illumination range of 400-700 nm and long-life LED combination module
  • Smart user interface

    Your measurement results can be easily transferred to existing LIMS or SPC systems.
  • Uncomplicated & precise

    Simple "one touch" measurement reduces training time, optimizes the workflow and increases your productivity.

Further information for you on this topic:

HunterLab worldwide:

  • Headquarters, North / South America

    Hunter Associates Laboratory, Inc.

  • 11491 Sunset Hills Road

    Reston, VA 20190-5280

  • +1 571 470 6028

  • Asia-Pacific

    HunterLab Asia Limited
  • Flat E, 13/F Leahander Center

    28 Wang Wo Tsai Street, Tsuen Wan New Territories, Hong Kong

  • +852 2406 1723

  • Europe / Middle East / Africa

    HunterLab Europe GmbH

  • Dr.-August-Einsele-Ring 15

    82418 Murnau

  • +49 8841 9464

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