Food & Drink

James Hutton Limited works closely with the food and drink industry in a wide range of capacities.


James Hutton Limited can assist with food provenance – if you need to know what it is and where it came from, we offer a breadth of analyses that can tell you.


We can provide authenticity testing to determine if a food stuff is what it says it is.


We have analyses that can check for contaminants, including pharmaceutical residues, foreign bodies and heavy metals, in ingredients and finished products.


And if needed, we can provide traceability for every stage of the production process.


A huge trend in the food and drink sector today is the increase in healthy foodstuffs and nutraceuticals. James Hutton Limited can provide a range of services and products to support the continued development of these, analysing foodstuffs for a range of nutrition and health components such as polyphenols, anthocyanins and beta-glucans.


The majority of James Hutton Limited managed contract research projects are carried out in collaboration with businesses and organisations operating in the food and drink sector; from supermarkets to packaging experts, from growers to ag-tech entrepreneurs.


To meet the demands of a circular economy, James Hutton Limited can support food and drink businesses to maximise waste streams and minimise environmental impact from production – in fact, James Hutton Limited can provide invaluable support in a wide range of sustainability areas and can also assist in identifying the key environmental, social and economic impacts influencing the supply chain.


James Hutton Limited is home to Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, a leading international laboratory for the specialist analysis of oils and fat. 

The following are just some examples of the services James Hutton Limited delivers to the food and drink sector.  

Please contact us with any queries.

Alcoholic Drinks
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Authenticity, Barley research.

Selection of bread
Cereals & Baked Products
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Shelf life, Sugar substitution, Fat substitution.

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Polyphenols, Minerals, Contaminants, Fats.

Dairy Milk Urns
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Fat content, Trans fatty acids, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Sn-2 positional analysis, Cholesterol, Tocopherols, Protein content.

Fish in bucket
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Fat content, Contaminants.

Brassica Kale
Fruit & Vegetables
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Vitamin analysis, Mineral analysis, Brixo, Total acidity, Sugars/Acids, Polyphenols, Acrylamide.

Basil Herb
Herbs & Spices
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Traceability, Shelf life, Volatile analysis, Antioxidants, Constituent analysis.

Jam Jars
Jams, Jellies & Preserves
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TPC, Colour, Anthos, Pectin content.

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Fat content, Trans fatty acids, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Meat speciation, Protein, Amino acid composition.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks
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Sugar content, Organic acid content, Polyphenols, Caffeine, Minerals, Polysaccharides, Viscosity.

Nuts & Seeds
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Traceability, Fat content.

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Ready meal
Processed Foods
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Trans fatty acids.


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Our team has over 30 years’ experience working in industry, Government bodies and research institutions, carrying out microbiological analysis on a range of materials using culturing and Most Probable Number (MPN) techniques.
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Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that involves the development and application of computational methods for the analysis of large-scale biological data ranging.
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Improving science and society through an understanding of variation, uncertainty and risk.
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Our expertise in all aspects of crop science – including breeding, diagnostics, soils, pathogens, genetics and phytochemistry, lends itself to the burgeoning European cannabis and hemp agricultural sector.
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James Hutton Limited manages a number of collaborative projects with industry partners who seek to benefit from scientific research and innovations.
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FTIR Spectroscopy is an extremely versatile analytical technique which can provide a chemical fingerprint for a diverse range of both organic and inorganic samples.
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GIS is the backbone of 21st century environmental planning and decision making; knowing where to make changes, what to expect, how to measure impacts and interventions, all rely on good GIS.
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The analysis of a wide range of stable isotopes, bulk and compound specific analysis of light isotopes including, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen and Hydrogen, and heavy isotopes, including Strontium, Neodymium, Samarium and Lead.
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James Hutton Limited is home to Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, a specialist lipid laboratory established at the James Hutton Institute in 1995 by Bill Christie and Frank Gunstone, renowned lipid analysis experts.
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Breeders and scientists at James Hutton Limited and the James Hutton Institute use advanced breeding techniques supported by world-leading scientific expertise, ensuring the most innovative soft fruit and potato varieties.

White Papers

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Quantifying LC-PUFA in Fish Oil Concentrates and Algal Oils – Choosing the Correct Method