Food & Drink

One of the biggest trends 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. From advise on sourcing different varieties of fruit and vegetables or analysing foodstuffs for a range of nutrition and health components such as polyphenols, anthocyanins and beta-glucans, to helping food and drink companies make the most of waste streams or minimise environmental impact from production.  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 your supply chain.

James Hutton Limited can offer a vast range of specialist microscopy services which provide a number of advantages to the food and drink industry such as identifying foreign bodies in foodstuffs and monitoring a range of contaminants, including heavy metals in a wide range of products.  

With mounting industry pressure to provide full traceability for all products.  James Hutton Limited also provides a range of analytical methods to establish products as the genuine article - or not. 

Services for Food & Drink

These are just some examples of the work we can do for the food and drink sector.  Please browse our Services for a fuller list:

  • Microbial testing 

  • Testing for pathogens on fruit and vegetables 

  • Sourcing  or developing new soft fruit, vegetable or cereal crop varieties 

  • Lipid Analysis 

  • Reducing the use of pesticides and fertilisers 

  • Trueness to Type 


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FTIR Spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique capable of providing a chemical fingerprint for a wide range of inorganic and organic samples.
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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 varieties.

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Quantifying LC-PUFA in fish oil concentrates and algal oils – choosing the correct method