A Cost-Effective, Automated and High Throughput Solution for Wine Quality Control and Safety Checks using High-Resolution FT-NMR
COLOGNE, Germany - March 27, 2012 - At ANUGA FoodTec 2012 international trade fair for food and drink technology, Bruker introduces the WineScreener™, a high-resolution Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FT-NMR)-based screening system that delivers rapid and cost efficient quantitative targeted and non-targeted statistical analyses of wine. Based on the well proven JuiceScreener™, a solution introduced for various fruit juices in 2008, the WineScreener adds to Bruker’s expanding NMR food screening and analysis product line. The frequent wine scandals in recent years have demonstrated a need for the new NMR technology that assesses quality and safety within a single experiment.
Wine analysis is performed using proton NMR spectroscopy at 400 MHz, which includes straightforward sample preparation, rapid measurement and fully automated analysis, resulting in the simultaneous measurement of a set of key quality and safety relevant parameters. Successfully established in fruit juice analysis, the non-targeted NMR screening capability also enables identification of unexpected and unknown deviations and falsifications that can represent adulteration or undiagnosed processing issues.
The WineScreener brings a new level of cost efficiency to the industry, thanks to the large number of parameters delivered within a single, completely automated, push button analysis with minimal sample preparation. Quantification of 25 relevant components is delivered in one measurement, eliminating the need for multiple experiments using conventional techniques. In addition, both quality and safety are assessed by non-targeted screening. The transferability of the method, based on standard operation procedures, guarantees identical results across different analysis laboratories, made possible by the very high reproducibility of Bruker’s NMR technology. Due to its self-learning nature, the wine screening solution will further increase its capabilities as new wine analyses are integrated on a global basis.
With this new solution, Bruker is responding to growing needs of the wine industry. This first product release will offer a targeted analysis applicable to wines produced worldwide, in addition to a non-targeted analysis developed on and applicable to German wines.
“We were overwhelmed by the interest of the wine community for our NMR solution and are excited to be offering another fully automated solution for food quality and safety control that enhances our overall NMR-based food offerings,” stated Dr. Markus Link, Business Development Manager at Bruker BioSpin.
Bruker has formed a partnership with WineSpin-Analytics GmbH, an established German wine analysis company, resulting in a product combining Bruker's proprietary analysis technology with the expertise of WineSpin.
“We have decided for Bruker's WineScreener as our preferred analysis solution, as this will allow us to quantify a multitude of components in wine, while simultaneously detecting unknown deviations from the models built with authentic wines. This provides a unique advantage to our customers in the wine industry. The NMR analysis system will safeguard and strengthen the wine-makers' reputation for integrity in wine production,” commented Christian Kost and Fred Langenwalter, the co-owners of WineSpin-Analytics, a successful wine analysis laboratory with a long history in Germany.
Dr. Thorsten Thiel
Bruker Director of Marketing Communications
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