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Chocolate Industry

SOPAT Particle Measurement Technology in the Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is the most widely-consumed sweet treat in the world. Europe is the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer and export market. European buyers source cocoa beans from different origins and of different qualities. Ongoing linear increase in chocolate production. The European chocolate market was valued at an estimated €53 billion in 2019. The market is expected to grow at an average annual rate of around 5% between 2020 and 2024

SOPAT provides an inline particle analysis system. The photo-optical approach enables real-time analysis of particle size and shape. Possible applications are:
Inline process optimization in milling and refining of cocoa mass and chocolate
Inline quality control
Complementary technique to existing offline particle analysis (like rheology, sieving and laser diffraction)
Depth of information can be extended to particle concentration, colour…

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