ALS provides testing services and programmes for a variety of product categories in the food industry.
ALS has a wide range of experience in the bread, morning goods and cake markets and offers a wide range of testing services suitable for this sector including shelf life testing and nutritional analysis.
ALS works closely with suppliers from across the sector including producers of hot beverages (tea/coffee) and soft drinks manufacturers. Among the most frequently requested tests are heavy metals analysis, vitamins analysis and artificial colours.
The short shelf life of many dairy products means that this is one of the biggest food categories within ALS. Our expertise includes covers the testing of cheese, dairy spreads, yoghurts and milk products. As well as offering a wide variety of microbiological tests, ALS also offers a comprehensive range of dairy chemistry tests including fat, moisture, dry matter, phosphatase and salt.
Fruits and Vegetables
The analysis of fresh fruit and vegetables is a core competency for ALS as we pride ourselves in offering one of the most comprehensive pesticide residue screens in the industry employing the latest GC-MS/LC-MS technology.
Meat and Poultry
The origin and authenticity of meat and poultry has come under close scrutiny in recent years. At ALS we are able to provide clients with a comprehensive range of speciation tests using both PCR and ELISA technology. Meat and poultry producers can also benefit from a wide range of nutritional tests including water activity and rancidity.
The growth of processed foods has been one of the major trends within the food industry over the past two decades. Taste, quality and variety have been as important to consumers as convenience, leading to the on-going development of new product formats and recipes. ALS is able to support its clients with a comprehensive range of microbiological and nutritional tests as well as advice on food safety issues.
The trend to consume food ‘on the go’ shows no signs of abating and has fuelled the continued growth of the sandwich market as well as innovation within the savoury snacks and prepared salads and fruit sectors. Clients operating within this market sector can benefit from a wide range of microbiological and nutritional tests together with advice on food safety from ALS’ team of consultants.
Consumer demand for fresh and processed seafood has increased significantly in recent years in response to the perceived health benefits of eating fish. ALS works closely with producers in this sector, providing microbiological and nutritional analysis together with a wide range of contaminants testing.