The soft drink market is an important revenue source for many major food and beverage producers. Such beverages include traditional carbonated soft drinks, high energy drinks, and recently popular healthy formulations such as vitamin waters and teas.
These products often contain caffeine as a stimulant, benzoate, and sorbate as preservatives; and for diet preparations, non-nutritive sweeteners such as acesulfame K, aspartame, and saccharin. For quality control purposes the conformance of target concentrations of analytes to specified ranges is critical.
In this application note, we show that the Waters ACQUITY Arc System, XBridge Phenyl XP Columns, along with Waters Beverage Mobile Phase, can separate these compounds in under 10 minutes.