What We Do:

Full nutritional testing and other analytical chemistry tests
Microbiological testing
Shelf-life studies
Product Development
Troubleshoot Manufacturing and Processing Problems
✔ Hygiene audit and food safety training

Who We Service:

Food and Cosmetic Manufacturers/ Packing Facilities
Retailers
Foodservice (Restaurants, Hotels, Distributers)
Farms
Universities and Colleges     

Microbiology 

(Obtain results in 2-7 working days)*

The microbiology laboratory supports the food industry to monitor microbial activities on how they lead to spoilage of food products and to establish its suitability for consumption. This is conducted not only for food safety but also to measure the aspects of food quality.

Services offered:

  • Total plate count
  • Enumeration of Coliforms
  • Enumeration of Yeast and Mould
  • Detection of presumptive E.Coli
  • Detection of Salmonella spp
  • Enumeration of coagulase positive Staphylococci
  • Enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes
  • Swab Test method: Total plate Count
  • Swab test count: Enumeration of Coliforms
  • Swab Test method: Detection of Presumptive E-Coli
  • Swab test Method: Enumeration of coagulase –positive Staphylococcus aureus and other species 
  • The enumeration of presumptive Bacillus cereus
  • The The Horizontal method for the enumeration of mesophilic lactic bacteria
  • The Horizontal method for enumeration of Clostridium perfrigens
  • The microbiological analysis of water.

*Depending on the test.

 

Analytical chemistry

We conduct analytical procedures for characterizing the properties of foods and their constituencies with respect to nutritional labelling regulatory requirements as well as for quality attributes. Our laboratory is well equipped with state of the art instrumentation the likes of GC, HPLC, Spectrophotometer, and others to enable us to deliver quality results.

Full nutritional testing results available in as little as 4 days.

 Nutritional test offered:                        

  • Protein
  • Total fats
  • Dietary fibre
  • Carbohydrates
  • Energy value
  • Sodium
  • Total sugars
  • Fatty Acid composition
  • Moisture
  • Ash

Other tests include:

  • pH
  • Crude fibre
  • Free Fatty Acids
  • Acidity
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Cholesterol
  • Allergens

 

Sensory Evaluation 

We analyse your products using scientific methodology as well as using organoleptic profiling. This enables us to evaluate your products with respect to the five basic senses.

Services offered:

  • Difference test – Comparison between products.
  • Preference acceptance test
  • Evaluate a range of existing  food products
  • Analyse food samples for improvements
  • Gauge overall product acceptability
  • Explore specific characteristics of an ingredient within a food product;
  • Evaluate the compliance of a  final food product against its specifications
  • Provide objective and subjective feedback on a food product to enable a customer to make an informed decision.

 

Shelf Life Analysis

We encompass Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry and Sensory Evaluation techniques to help you to characterize accurate expiry dates of your products, ensuring that the performance remains acceptable and safe for the consumers.  We also identify the potential causes of reduced shelf life to further improve your products and thereby increase your profitability.

Services offered:

  • Standard shelf life study
  • Accelerated shelf life study
  • Stability Testing

 

 

Innovation

We can help you to launch a new product by walking with you from your initial product development process all the way to food labelling finishing touches. Research and Development is one of our core competencies and we pride ourselves in providing such innovative solutions to our clients.

Services offered:

  • Idea generation
  • Product development
  • Optimization of formulations for cost, quality and ingredient functionality or modification.
  • Reformulate products
  • Designing value added health enhancing products/ingredients
  • Experiment  on concepts ,mock- ups, and prototype
  • Develop and optimize prototypes
  • Develop and Scale -up solutions to ingredients of finished products

 

Hygiene Audits and training

We conduct Hygiene Audits of manufacturing facilities to assist our clients to identify any food safety concerns within the production line and to see whether the company is complying with the minimum required standards for food manufacturers, processing plants and food preparing outlets. We also provide basic training in food safety and good manufacturing practices for all food handlers.

Services offered:

  • Reporting on food safety risks within your facility – site inspection
  • Assisting customers with policies and procedures on how to mitigate food safety risks
  • We advise customers on implementation of food , beverage ,or cosmetics safety procedures for their company
  • We evaluate cleaning efficacy using sampling and swabbing
  • Compressed Air testing 

 

Consultancy

We give expert advice on food labelling requirements, product processing techniques , troubleshooting as well as many aspects associated with food, beverages and cosmetics production. We maintain confidentiality during consultancy and thereby maintain the trust with our customers. We will deliver practical and actionable results that are customized to meet your needs, whether it’s you are an established company or an entrepreneurial starter-up wanting to launch a new product or improve on an existing one. We advise on any laboratory analysis needs your product might have and gear it up for market.