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Beta Analytic Recent News

Personal Care Products in the USDA BioPreferred Program

Published on September 11, 2017

The demand for natural products has seen continued growth over many years with Persistence Market Research predicting the natural and organic personal care market to exceed USD 21 million by 2024. With the strength of the demand for natural products, it has become ever more important for businesses to be able to differentiate their biobased products to consumers using a trusted program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched its BioPreferred Voluntary Labelling Program to provide this opportunity while also promoting the move away from petrochemical-sourced products. Read More

Food Coloring – Natural or Synthetic?

Published on August 28, 2017

The food industry has seen a greater demand for naturally sourced additives compared to synthetic ones, and this is particularly true for food coloring and dyes. Business consulting firm Grand View Research predicts that the natural food coloring market will reach USD 2.5 billion by 2025. As the market grows, being able to detect the use of petroleum-derived synthetic food coloring becomes an increasingly important requirement for businesses, in order to ensure the authenticity of food colors labeled as natural. Read More

Beta Analytic 2017 Holiday Schedule Miami

Published on January 18, 2017

Please be informed that the Miami lab will be closed during these periods (all dates inclusive):

May 29 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independence Day)
September 4 (Labor Day)
November 23-24 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
December 22, 25, 26 (Christmas Holiday)
January 1, 2018 (New Year's Day)
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USDA BioPreferred Program – Construction Products

Published on August 21, 2017

As product sustainability becomes an increasingly important marketing tool for environmentally conscious consumers, businesses are looking for clear and reliable ways to demonstrate this. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program promotes the purchase and use of biobased products through its Federal Purchasing Mandate and Voluntary Labeling Program and also aims to boost jobs and markets for farming commodities. Read More

How to Detect Petrochemical Adulteration in Curcumin

Published on August 13, 2017

Curcumin is one of the major curcuminoids found in turmeric and has many uses from food and supplements to cosmetics. In 2015, the size of the curcumin market exceeded $39 million with the majority of use seen in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Read More

Beta Analytic Talks About Natural Garlic Oil Verification

Published on August 7, 2017

In a recently published issue of the Perfumer & Flavorist, Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside talks about challenges in garlic oil production, the vulnerability of garlic oil to adulteration and how companies can verify the “natural” claims of their suppliers through Carbon-14 analysis. Read More

USDA BioPreferred Program – Food Service Products

Published on July 31, 2017

As the environmental impact of products becomes a growing concern for consumers, the demand for renewably sourced materials has risen. The food service industry with its many disposable products is one that has been under scrutiny over its waste production and sustainability. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched its BioPreferred Program in an effort to promote biobased products across many different industries, including many food service products. Read More

Carbon-14 Natural Product Analysis of Raspberry Ketone

Published on July 25, 2017

C14 analysis raspberry ketoneRaspberry ketone has long been used in the flavor and fragrance industry for its characteristic fruity aroma and more recently as a dietary supplement. Its scientific name is 4-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone and it can either be extracted from raspberries or synthesized. Natural product analysis based on Carbon-14 testing is a useful tool for verifying whether raspberry ketone has been sourced from plant sources such as raspberries or is synthetic and derived from petroleum. Read More

Office and Shipping Products for the USDA Biopreferred Program

Published on July 17, 2017

The US biobased industry contributed $393 billion to the economy in 2014. As consumers become more conscious of renewably sourced products, being able to clearly highlight the biobased content of products can give a competitive edge in the market. The USDA BioPreferred Voluntary Labeling Program provides this opportunity. Read More

Tartaric Acid – Natural or Petrochemical?

Published on July 6, 2017

Tartaric acid is an organic acid that has wide applications, including as an acidulant in the food and drinks industry and in pharmaceuticals. It has particular importance in the winemaking process. It exists in several forms with L(+)-tartaric acid being the form that is used commercially. Read More

Vanilla and Natural Product Testing – Why Does It Matter?

Published on June 29, 2017

As consumers place growing importance on “natural” ingredients, there are increasing instances of synthetic alternatives, which are often cheaper, being used in place of the more expensive naturally sourced products. Alongside this trend is a growing concern among consumers regarding the use of petroleum-sourced synthetic materials. Read More