Food fraud is something large supermarkets continuously get confronted with. Colruyt Group takes quality control of food to the next level with a new hardware device of their spin-off Xpectrum. Together with Comate they developed this smart handheld scanner that will tell a user if products meet the quality criteria or not. Food fraud or lower-quality food will be detected easier and quicker, and Colruyt can test significantly more samples at a lower cost.


Companies within the food industry are often confronted with food fraud. Quality control of food is very important,  but existing procedures are expensive, time consuming and labor intensive. Pure & Sure – a team of companies and researchers – joined forces to develop solutions to guarantee the quality and fairness of food products that meet all regulations. This initiative sparked the start of a new company: Xpectrum was born.

Xpectrum developed an innovative technology that makes it possible to measure the composition and texture of food products. To translate the technology into a user-friendly device, the company partnered up with engineering company Comate. The engineers from Comate were responsible for the development of the device, including the electronics and software. Stan Maes Product Design developed the ergonomic and appealing housing.

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