Shelf Life Testing (Real Time)

This item is exclusively available to our custom recipe clients. When developing a bar with us, we are able to offer you a full 6 month shelf life from the moment your bar recipe is completed thanks to the internal tests we perform, such as our water activity level test.

If you would like to increase the shelf life of your bars, we will need to ship them out to a third party Food Testing Laboratory for microbiological shelf life testing. These tests often enable our clients to achieve bar shelf lives up to 1 year. However, we cannot guarantee any shelf life over 6 months. Only the official testing can do this.

Shelf life testing stores the bars at 25 ± 2 degrees C and performs the following tests:

 

Day 0

Water Activity
Salmonella
E. coli
Staphylococcus Aureus
Listeria
Aerobic Plate Count
Yeast / Mold
Organoleptic Analysis

Days 14, 90, 120, 180, 240, 300, 365.

Aerobic Plate Count
Yeast / Mold
Organoleptic Analysis

At the end of this process, you will receive a final short report on the findings.

The below price INCLUDES the large scale efficiency test and requisite number of bars from this efficiency test to be yielded for this testing to be performed. 


$ 2,650.00

Shelf Life Testing (Accelerated) (Includes Real Time Study)

This item allows you to achieve exactly the same longer shelf life on your bars (as described in the above item), but does so in less time.

Accelerated shelf life testing will typically enable you to achieve (for example) a 1-year shelf life on your bars in just 6 months, depending on your standards. (Please note that the 6-month result will be officially confirmed by the lab with automatic 'real time' testing at 12 months.)

This test does all of the testing as the Shelf Life Testing -- Real Time. In addition to these tests, we pull additional points at 35 ± 2°C and 45 ± 2°C based on the Q10 concept (the assumption that temperature directly effects the rate of decay of the bar particularly when it comes to rancidity).

It is important to note that accelerated shelf life studies are only predictions of extended shelf life and work as place holders until the real time shelf life study is completed. 

The below price INCLUDES the large scale efficiency test and requisite 200 bars from this efficiency test to be yielded for this testing to be performed. 


$ 4,500.00