Sensory Evaluation Practices

Sensory Evaluation Practices

5th Edition - October 18, 2020

Write a review

  • Authors: Herbert Stone, Rebecca Bleibaum, Heather Thomas
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128153352
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128153345

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (Mobi, PDF, EPub)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


Sensory Evaluation Practices, Fifth Edition, presents the latest developments and methods of sensory evaluation, including those on the front end of innovation, consumer acceptance/preference, multivariate statistical analysis, discrimination testing, descriptive analysis, sensory claims substantiation for advertising, and information management. Additionally, related social psychological methods, such as laddering, design thinking, emotional profiling, and applications of qualitative and consumer co-creation and immersive techniques are explored. This book will be an ideal reference for sensory professionals, technical managers, product specialists and research directors in the food, beverage, cosmetics, and other consumer products industries of all sizes.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes the importance of scientific sensory methodology used to measure and understand consumer perception
  • Illustrates the importance of planning, managing and communicating product sensory information in a way that is actionable to developers, marketers and legal counsel
  • Presents how sensory science is becoming more influential at the front end of innovation
  • Discusses measurement, the design of experiments, and how to understand key sensory drivers that most influence consumers
  • Explores the global nature of products and how companies can benefit by having fundamental training programs in sensory and consumer science
  • Contains demonstrated methods for test selection, application and measurement, and testing with the right consumer, including more typical usage environments
  • Includes worked examples for interpreting and displaying results
  • Features a new chapter on how to get your research published


Those working in product development, including sensory professionals, technical managers, product specialists and research directors in the food, beverage, cosmetics, and other consumer products industries of all sizes

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Sensory Evaluation
    2. The Organization and Operation of a Sensory Evaluation Program
    3. Measurement
    4. Test Strategy and Design of Experiments
    5. Discrimination Testing
    6. Descriptive Analysis
    7. Consumer Affective Testing
    8. Business Applications (Expanded)
    9. How to Get Your Research Published
    10. Epilogue

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: October 18, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128153352
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128153345

About the Authors

Herbert Stone

Herbert Stone, Ph.D. is Senior Advisor & Co-Founder of Tragon Corporation where he served as President from 1974-2008. A former Director of Stanford Research Institute’s (SRI) Food & Agricultural Sciences Department, Dr. Stone was President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) from 2004-2005. With a Ph.D. from U.C. Davis, he has lectured worldwide, is the author of over 150 publications, and holds six patents. Dr. Stone founded Tragon® in 1974 with Joel L. Sidel. Dr. Stone serves as the Scientific Editor for the Sensory and Quality Section of the Journal of Food Science. He also serves on the Univ. of Massachusetts and UC Davis advisory boards and also serves as Adjunct Professor, Fuzhou University and Visiting Professor, Southern Yangtze University. He chairs the Sensory Science Scholarship Fund. He is the 2010 recipient of the ASTM E18 Peryam Award for contributions to the science of sensory evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sensory Consulting Services, IFT Past President, Visiting Professor, Zhejiang Gongshang University

Rebecca Bleibaum

Rebecca N. Bleibaum, M.A., is President/Chief, Sensory Intelligence of Dragonfly SCI, Inc. a sensory and consumer insights research company in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in product testing and professional education. Bleibaum has over 25 years of experience in applied research from Tragon Corporation as their Chief Sensory Officer. She is co-developer and instructor of UC Davis Extension’s popular and long running “Applied Sensory & Consumer Science”. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious UC Davis Extension Outstanding Service Award for her contributions and dedication to the University's continuing education program. ( Bleibaum is co-author of Sensory Evaluation Practices, Fourth Edition (2012), A Practical Guide to Comparative Advertising: Dare-to-Compare (est. 2018), previous Chair of ASTM International, Committee E-18 on Sensory Evaluation, has received five ASTM awards for contributions and the Award of Merit, has spoken at numerous professional events, and had given hundreds of impactful client presentations over the years in wine, beer, and a wide variety of FMCG products. Bleibaum’s goal is to teach the fundamentals of sensory and consumer science to entrepreneurial spirited teams to help them become more successful in the marketplace.

Affiliations and Expertise

President/Chief, Sensory Intelligence of Dragonfly SCI, Inc.

Heather Thomas

Heather A. Thomas is Chief, Data & Analytics, as a partner in Dragonfly SCI, Inc. Thomas received her B.S. in Food Science from U.C. Davis. She is co-author, with Stone and Sidel, of Hitting the Target: Sensory and Product Optimization.Thomas was a key member of Tragon Corporation from 1989 to 2017. As their Vice President of Research and Analysis, she played an integral part in the development of product optimization methods, segmentation analyses, and advanced multivariate analysis and modeling techniques. Her extensive experience with experimental design and choice-based modeling has helped guide multinational companies to create products that appeal to consumers. As the developer of the Key Drivers MaximizerTM, she has created an operational predictive tool that integrates sensory, consumer, and instrumental measurements to guide product development and marketing groups. Thomas has over 25 years of experience training QDA panels, analyzing their performance, and interpreting the results. Her training and support had been under the guidance of the founders of the original QDA method, Herbert Stone and Joel L. Sidel. As part of empowering the sensory industry, she regularly travels around the world, teaching sensory scientists the power of trained panel data and panel performance measures. Thomas received her B.S. in Food Science from U.C. Davis where she focused her education in Sensory Science under Rosemary Pangborn. She is co-author, with Stone and Sidel, of Hitting the Target: Sensory and Product Optimization, a seminal article on sensory and consumer-based product optimization techniques.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dragonfly SCI, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, USA

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Sensory Evaluation Practices"