A Practical Guide to Sensory and Consumer Evaluation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081003787

A Practical Guide to Sensory and Consumer Evaluation

1st Edition

Authors: Christopher Findlay
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081003787
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 304
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Table of Contents

1. Overview and Introduction
2. Best Practices
3. Facilities
4. Consumer Liking
5. Difference Testing
6. Descriptive Analysis
7. Sensory Quality
8. Statistics for Business Decisions
9. Communicating Results
10. Category Appraisals
11. Shelf life
12. Special Methods for Special Cases

A. How do I do a consumer liking test?
B. How do I find out if my new product matches the old one?
C. How do I manage special projects to solve specific problems?
D. How do I interpret statistical results and communicate the outcome?
E. How do I develop myself as a sensory practitioner?
F. How do I train a descriptive panel?
G. How do I measure time related sensory attributes?


A Practical Guide to Sensory and Consumer Evaluations a single resource for those new to sensory science and consumer evaluation, teaching them how to confidently select a method, conduct research, and report the results. Written by one of the world’s leading sensory scientists, this book delivers a practical, hands-on approach to answering sensory and consumer evaluation questions.

Each chapter is organized around a key practical question stated at the outset. Rather than providing a number of approaches which tend to confuse the reader, the book delivers a step-by-step guide to the specific challenge, with any variations in methods explained within the context of problem-solving.

In addition, each method has real-life, worked example taken from the archives of CompuSense, a world leading sensory science laboratory. A series of appendixes covering 'How do I' topics provides practical guidance to larger questions on organizing, conducting, and reporting the results of sensory tests.

Many sensory and consumer practitioners do not receive formal training in the operations side of sensory. For those who don’t have the time or the need for a broad-based education in the field, this book is an effective, reliable, and practical guide to achieve valuable answers to sensory and consumer research questions.

Key Features

  • Presents answers to the various questions of sensory and consumer evaluation professionals from one of the world’s leading sensory scientists
  • Offers practical insights, permitting someone new to the topic to confidently select a method, conduct research, and report results
  • Provides worked, real-world examples of sensory and consumer research projects from leading sensory science laboratories of CompuSense


Sensory managers, students studying sensory methods, consumer and market research practitioners, R&D managers in the food industry, quality managers in the food industry and SME food manufacturers


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About the Authors

Christopher Findlay Author

Dr. Chris Findlay in the founder and chairman of CompuSense. The company has become a world leader in sensory and consumer science, with a focus on software development and a dynamic contract and independent research program. Dr. Findlay has been an active member of the Institute of Food Technology for over 30 years and is a past Chair of the Sensory Evaluation Division. In 2011, he was honoured with the Institute of Food Technology Inaugural Award for Achievement in Sensory and Consumer Science. In 2012, he received the Sensory and Consumer Sciences Award for Outstanding Service. He is also involved in the American Society for Testing Materials E-18 Committee, Society of Sensory Professionals and Sensometrics organizations. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. He has taught Sensory Evaluation as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Food Science of the University of Guelph and has lectured internationally on a wide range of sensory subjects. Dr. Findlay also holds an adjunct faculty appointment to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Guelph. He holds a B.Sc. Chemistry, from Loyola, Montreal and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Guelph. He holds 7 patents, has published over 40 refereed scientific papers and has contributed to four books on sensory science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and Chairman, CompuSense, Guelph, Ontario, Canada