Sensory Analysis for Food and Beverage Quality Control

1st Edition

A Practical Guide

Editors: David Kilcast
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845694760
eBook ISBN: 9781845699512
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 24th May 2010
Page Count: 400
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Designing a sensory quality control program: Designing a sensory quality control program; Selection and management of staff for sensory quality control; Proficiency testing of sensory panels. Part 2 Methods for sensory quality control and analysis of results: Sensory methods for quality control; Establishing product sensory specifications; Combining instrumental and sensory methods in food quality control; Statistical approaches to sensory quality control. Part 3 Sensory quality control in practice: Using sensory techniques for shelf-life assessment; Sensory quality control for taint prevention; Sensory quality definition of food ingredients; Sensory quality control in the chilled and frozen ready meal, soup and sauce sectors; Sensory quality control in the wine industry; Sensory quality control of distilled beverages; Sensory quality control of fresh produce; Sensory quality management of fish; Sensory quality control in food service; Sensory quality control of consumer goods other than food.


Producing products of reliable quality is vitally important to the food and beverage industry. In particular, companies often fail to ensure that the sensory quality of their products remains consistent, leading to the sale of goods which fail to meet the desired specifications or are rejected by the consumer. This book is a practical guide for all those tasked with using sensory analysis for quality control (QC) of food and beverages.

Chapters in part one cover the key aspects to consider when designing a sensory QC program. The second part of the book focuses on methods for sensory QC and statistical data analysis. Establishing product sensory specifications and combining instrumental and sensory methods are also covered. The final part of the book reviews the use of sensory QC programs in the food and beverage industry. Chapters on sensory QC for taint prevention and the application of sensory techniques for shelf-life assessment are followed by contributions reviewing sensory QC programs for different products, including ready meals, wine and fish. A chapter on sensory QC of products such as textiles, cosmetics and cars completes the volume.

Sensory analysis for food and beverage quality control is an essential reference for anyone setting up or operating a sensory QC program, or researching sensory QC.

Key Features

  • Highlights key aspects to consider when designing a quality control program including sensory targets and proficiency testing
  • Examines methods for sensory quality control and statistical data analysis
  • Reviews the use of sensory quality control programs in the food and beverage industry featuring ready meals, wine and fish


Anyone setting up or operating a sensory quality control (QC) program, or researching sensory QC.


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In my opinion this book fills a serious hole in commercial sensory literature. This is a comprehensive text on a crucial topic. I will certainly be using it in my courses., Dr Hal MacFie, Hal MacFie Training Services, UK
The book more than lives up to its subtitle, in that it provides practioners in the food industry with the necessary background to establish and maintain a sensory quality control system., Lebensmitteltechnik
I found this document to cetainly be one of the best, if not the best to date., Food and Beverage Reporter

About the Editors

David Kilcast Editor

Dr David Kilcast is a consultant in Sensory Quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, UK (Volume 2)