Sensory Evaluation Practices
- Herbert Stone
- Rebecca Bleibaum
- Heather Thomas
Understanding what the consumer wants and will accept are two of the most significant hurdles faced by anyone in new product development. Whether the concern is the proper mouth-feel of a potato chip, the sense of freshness" evoked by a chewing gum, or the weight and texture of a cosmetic, if the consumer doesn't find the product acceptable, it won't sell. Sensory evaluation testing is the process that establishes the consumer acceptability of a product. It can help identify issues before general production is begun and potentially bring to light issues that hadn't previously been considered a factor in the success of the project.
Food sensory professionals, technical managers and product development specialists, industry research directors, marketing, marketing research, advertising professionals, sensory evaluation undergraduates