Food packaging and materials testing

Food packaging not only needs to look good, it also has to protect product safety and integrity throughout the supply chain. Our comprehensive testing service ensures your food packaging is fit for purpose.

We understand that food packaging needs to perform on a number of levels. It’s the first thing consumers notice about your brand, so impact is everything. At the same time, environmental concern is driving demand for more sustainable packaging which brings a new set of challenges.


Whatever route you take, you need a complete picture of your chosen packaging materials and design. That’s why we provide a comprehensive food packaging testing service that helps you make an informed solution.


Our specialist analytical expertise helps you to:


  • Understand the barrier protection your food packaging offers in terms of aroma, water vapour, oxygen transmission rate, among others
  • Assess the mechanical strength, ease of opening, seal strength, puncture resistance and overall integrity of food packaging materials
  • Select the most relevant food packaging materials for your product
  • Evaluate the impact of food packaging materials on product shelf-life
  • Identify the source of chemical taints and off-flavours from food packaging
  • Identify counterfeit food packaging materials


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Meet out technical experts

David Wright

Experienced materials scientist and microscopist specialising in packaging materials testing and material structure. A Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Mark Auty

Internationally recognised food microstructure expert across multiple product categories. Published over 100 scientific papers. Winner of Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scientist of the Year 2021. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science and Technology and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Ellen Norman

Wide range of chemical analysis experience, with a specialist interest in linking analysis to the process and product. Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chair of the Food and Drink Federation residues and contaminants committee.

Paul O'Nion

Experienced chromatographer specialising in flavour and taints analysis using multi-dimensional chromatography, mass spectrometry and troubleshooting. Member of the Industry Advisory Board for CAMS.

Robert Griffiths

Extensive experience in the analysis, uses and properties of Oils, Fats & Lipids in a variety of food and non-food applications. Current Chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Oilseeds, Fats & Oils Committee. Member of the Society of Chemical Industry Lipids Committee

Daniele Leonarduzzi

Material Scientist with many years’ experience in a broad range of industries, linking physical attributes to key process and quality parameters in order to facilitate scale-up and speed up product launches

Fred Gates

Extensive experience in food research with particular focus on physical properties and the impact of food processing on product characteristics.

Barbara Hirst

An allergen management specialist, with broad analytical and technical expertise gained over 20 years in the food industry. Actively involved with industry, clinical and regulatory bodies, as well as patient support groups.

Carole Bingley

Extensive experience of product development and ingredient evaluation across numerous food categories including plant proteins, vegan meat and dairy alternatives, sweeteners and bulking agents. Fellow of the Institute for Food Science & Technology.

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