A thorough understanding of what gives your product its unique flavour is the key both to optimising your processes and resolving any flavour issues.

We can profile the volatile and non-volatile compounds in your product and identify and quantify the key substances contributing to its flavour. Our flavour chemistry expertise and the suite of state-of-the-art technologies and techniques (including spectroscopy analysis) mean we can be a pivotal part of your food innovation.

of flavour

  • Understanding of processing and formulation on the flavour characteristics of the product
  • Differentiation of products from competitors
  • Demonstrate IP claims to protect a competitive advantage
  • Appropriate selection of ingredients and processes
  • Safety/Quality of Batch release
  • Patent defence




    How you extract the flavour compounds of interest from the product is critical in maintaining the integrity of these compounds. Whilst extracting traditionally involves heating a sample to dissolve compounds into a solvent, we know that heating can generate higher levels of existing compounds, or entirely new compounds. Our range of techniques are designed to provide ‘gentle’ extraction, ensuring minimal loss or generation of new or additional compounds. One example is our recent investment in a Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) arrow which provides better detection levels and enhances our options for analysis.
    Selecting the most appropriate extraction method based on the characteristics of the raw ingredient or finished product.



    Within a raw ingredient or finished product there can be hundreds of volatile compounds, however not all of these are ‘flavour active’ and have a specific aroma or taste attributed to them. Using the relevant equipment and our trained analysts, we can distinguish individual all compounds, within a product that form the aroma. These are labelled according to their sensory descriptors (for example fruit, earthy, grassy), and ensure these terms are those common with leading academic research.
    To further enhance our identification portfolio, we have also invested in a two-dimensional gas chromatography unit which features time of flight mass spectrometry. This technique provides increased sensitivity and the ability to unravel complex mixtures of volatiles.



    Once we understand which compounds within a product are ‘flavour active’, we use a wide range of cutting edge technologies to measure the levels of these compounds within the product. This allows us to generate a ‘fingerprint’ of the product for comparison.



    Whilst understanding which flavour compounds are within a product is important, understanding how these compounds release from the product is equally important. Until recently, technology has allowed only headspace measurement at single time points making flavour release analysis slow and expensive. New technology such as Proton-Transfer Reaction Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) and Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometer (SIFT) that allows ‘real-time’ flavour release analysis that is fast and reliable now allows this. We are able to analyse:

    Static Headspace

    Allows measurement of the release of aroma.

    Dynamic Headspace

    Allows measurement of the release of aroma compounds in in-vitro systems that replicate a process (manufacturing or human)

    Nose-space (Breath analysis)

    Allows measurement of the release of aroma compounds on the breath to better understand the release of aroma compounds in the mouth



Solvent Assisted Flavour Evaporation (SAFE)

Stir Bar

Microchamber Extraction

Sorptive Extraction (SBSE)

Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME)

Membrane Assisted Solvent Extraction (MASE)

Thermal Description





Proton Transfer Reaction Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS)

Purge and Trap

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