Food and Beverage Processing

The food and beverage industries strive to balance both high-quality products that are safe for consumption and products with a long shelf-life and minimal chemical preservatives. Achieving this balance is very difficult because many processed foods and beverages have high sugar levels, which make them susceptible to yeast and mold. This means monitoring microbial conditions are critical to the control of contamination and the assurance of safety.

As food poisoning outbreaks continue to make headlines and safety regulations are repeatedly tightened, the market for food and beverage safety testing is growing. It is estimated that the global food safety testing market for contaminants will grow at a rate of 10.46 percent to $2.5 billion in 2015.

A major factor driving this growth is technological improvements related to rapid detection of live-cell pathogenic bacteria. When broken down by segment, pathogen testing garners the largest share of market value and volume, with Salmonella spp (40 percent) and Listeria spp testing at the top. E. coli testing is also witnessing substantial growth at an estimated 11.05 percent between 2010 to 2015.

The NanoLogix Quick Tests for Salmonella spp, Listeria spp and E. coli detect microorganisms 400 percent faster than conventional Petri cultures. This is a significant improvement from the one to five days conventional methods can take to detect microbial contamination.

To maintain quality and safety, food and beverage processors typically quarantine fresh products while they wait for test results to return from the lab. These lengthy wait times delay the shipment of products and cost manufacturers a fortune in supply chain efficiency and customer satisfaction.

NanoLogix alleviates this critical pain point in supply chain efficiency by providing live cell results on a variety of pathogenic bacteria within a few hours of a sample being taken. Such rapid detection and identification of microorganisms aids in the faster release of quarantined stock and increases the speed at which companies can develop and market new products, as well as contain contaminated batches.