The spectroscopic analysis of complex liquids has widespread applications in the food and beverage industry, the chemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare and defence. The last few years have seen an increasing demand for in-situ, rapid and cost-effective authentication and quality control in these fields, with a premium placed on highly sensitive, accurate and, if possible, non-invasive through-container detection techniques.

Fake and faulty products affect producers, suppliers, merchants, and end consumers, and they lead to a financial loss for all parties along the supply chain. The costs incurred are not only direct but also indirect (e.g. shipping costs) and intangible (e.g. reputation), in addition to the healthcare costs associated to the worst cases of contamination and adulteration.

VeriVin is developing a tool which allows for the unique spectroscopic ID-tags of a given batch of complex liquids (oil, honey, wine, whisky and so on) to be uploaded onto a database, analysed and used for quality control and authentication. Differences in the fingerprint of the same sample over time can be used to gather information about the status and evolution of the sample or its possible adulteration.

The results of this analysis could go beyond validation and quality control and eventually also lead to more accurate pricing and provenance certification. They could even serve as a comparative purchasing tool to help consumers make choices based on physical data.

So far, VeriVin has focused on the food and beverage industry, but its technology is translatable to any industry in which the through-barrier analysis of complex liquids is applicable.

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