Sensory Panel Management

Sensory Panel Management

A Practical Handbook for Recruitment, Training and Performance

1st Edition - October 26, 2017

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  • Author: Lauren Rogers
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081010013
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011157

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Covering all aspects of sensory panel management, this volume describes the different types of sensory panels (for example panels for quality control, descriptive analysis and discrimination tests), discusses the issues involved with sensory testing, and gives detailed information about sensory panel recruitment, training and on-going management. Sensory Panel Management gives both theoretical and practical information from deciding what type of panel to recruit and how to conduct panel training, to creating the best sensory team and how to deal with any issues. Downloads of several of the documents included in the book are available from The book is divided into three main sections. The first section looks at the recruitment of sensory panels, covering the process from both a scientific and a human resources angle. The second section deals with the training of a sensory panel. Initial training, as well as method and product specific training is covered. Example session plans for running panel sessions for quality control, discrimination tests, descriptive profiling, temporal methods and consumer tests are included within the specific chapters. Refresher and advanced training such as training panelists to take part in gas chromatography-olfactometry are also included. The third section examines the performance of sensory panels. Chapters within this section explore performance measures and ways of preventing (and dealing with) difficult situations relating to panellists. A final chapter looks at the future of sensory panels. Throughout the book there are short case study examples demonstrating the practical application of the methods being discussed. Sensory Panel Management is a key reference for academics, technical and sensory staff in food companies. Lauren Rogers is an independent sensory science consultant in the UK with more than twenty years of practical experience. She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including shelf life studies, product and flavor optimization, new flavor development and in-depth brand analyses. She is a member of the Society of Sensory Professionals, the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Sensory Science Group, the Sensometric Society and is also a member of the ASTM Sensory Evaluation Committee (E18).

Key Features

  • Discusses sensory panels for testing food and non-food based products
  • Covers best practices for recruitment, selection and training of panels
  • Provides examples of training plans for sensory panels
  • Encompasses experimental design and data analysis of panel results
  • Organized in modular format for practical uses


Postgraduate students and academics working in sensory and consumer science, Sensory professionals working in both large and SME food companies as well as non-food companies employing sensory panels, Independent consultant sensory scientists, Sensory panel members

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and history of sensory panels

    Part One: The Recruitment of Sensory Panels
    2. Pre-recruitment
    3. Human resources for sensory panels By Sue Stanley
    4. How to become an excellent panel leader
    5. Recruitment of a sensory panel

    Part Two: Training of Sensory Panels
    6. Post screening/initial/introductory training of sensory panels
    7. Method training for sensory panels
    8. Product assessment/orientation for sensory panels
    9. Refresher training for sensory panels

    Part Three: Performance of Sensory Panels
    11. Sensory panel performance measures By Carol Raithatha
    12. Dealing with issues in sensory panels

    Part Four: The Future of Sensory Panels
    13. Future of sensory panels.
    14. Where to find more information about sensory panels

Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: October 26, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081010013
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011157

About the Author

Lauren Rogers

Lauren Rogers is a freelance sensory science consultant who has over 25 years’ experience in sensory science. She worked for Dalgety Plc/DuPont (a food ingredients company) and then moved to work for GlaxoSmithKline working on beverages and health-care products. Lauren has recruited and trained panellists for work on various foods and drinks, as well as several home and personal care products. Lauren is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and an active member of the IFST’s Sensory Science Group, maintaining their Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced sensory science qualifcations. Lauren is also a Registered Sensory Scientist, a member of the Sensometrics Society, the Society of Sensory Professionals and the ASTM E-18 (Sensory) Committee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Sensory Scientist and Sensory Science Consultant, UK

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