In this article, metabolomic profiles of beer were studied and determined using a triple quadrupole GCMS (GCMS-TQ8040) enabling characteristic compounds (e.g. saccharides) to be identified for some types and brands of beer.
Quality control and assurance are key aspects in food manufacturing. Good product quality ensures customer satisfaction and brand trust, which in turn drives profitability. Currently, with manufacturing factories situated in various locations and even different countries, consistency in food quality is crucial. Food metabolomics can identify such variations and gather insights on the key components in food that are responsible for taste and quality differences.
In this article, metabolomic profiles of beer were studied and determined using a triple quadrupole GCMS (GCMS-TQ8040). Peak identification was performed using Smart Metabolites Database, confirming a large number of metabolites in each beer. Further component analyses were conducted, and distinct clusters of different types and brands of beer are shown. Characteristic compounds (e.g. saccharides) were identified for some types and brands of beer. Even with the same type of beer, the metabolomic profiles show clear separation between beer from different production factories or batch lots. These trends can help organizations set up guidance for ensuring consistent quality and flavour of their produce.
(a) Score Plot and (b) Loading Plot of Different Types and Brands of Beer.
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- Learn how food metabolomics can play a part in food quality control and assurance and identify key components in food that are responsible for taste and quality differences
- Compare different metabolomics profiles of beers of different type, brands, production factories or batch lot and possibly understand competitor’s flavour profile.