Rapid analysis of food and food ingredients can be provided using the new MultiScan series 3000 food analyzer manufactured by Next Instruments Pty Ltd. Based on a diode array near-infrared transmission spectrometer, the analyzer uses a rotating dish to collect scans from a sample of food by passing NIR light through the sample. The transmitted light passes onto a spectrograph, where it is separated into the NIR spectrum from 720 to 1100 nm. The separated light is detected using a silicon diode array detector to generate the absorbance spectrum. It includes a built-in touch screen and a PC. Running a program called Analysis, the system is designed for simple operation, with the power of a Windows-based software package where spectra, trend plots and running tables can be displayed directly on the screen.