Sensory Panel Management - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081010013

Sensory Panel Management

1st Edition

A Practical Handbook for Recruitment, Training and Performance

Authors: Lauren Rogers
Paperback ISBN: 9780081010013
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 26th October 2017
Page Count: 414
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: History of sensory panels

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

Part Two: Training of Sensory Panels
6. Post screening initial training of sensory panels
7. Method training for sensory panels
8. Product training for sensory panels
9. Refresher training for sensory panels
10. Sensory panel performance training
11. Advanced training for sensory panels
12. Examples of training plans: quality control panel, discrimination panel, descriptive panel, food and non-food examples.

Part Three: Performance of Sensory Panels
13. Sensory panel performance measures
14. Dealing with issues in sensory panels: how to deal with difficult situations and difficult panelists
15. Experimental design and analysis of data for sensory panels

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


Sensory Panel Management: A Practical Handbook for Recruitment, Training and Performance reviews both the theoretical and practical, from recruitment and training, to creating the best team and dealing with panelists’ issues.

As an ex-Chairman of Campden BRI’s Sensory and Consumer panel, Lauren Rogers is a leading independent sensory consultant with over twenty years experience as both a member and a leader of sensory panels, working on both food, home and personal care products. Additional authors bring their specialist expertise to writing the chapters on specific elements of panel training and performance, also discussing human resources.

The book is divided into three main sections. Part One looks at the recruitment of sensory panels, covering the process from both a scientific and a human resources angle. Part Two deals with the training of a sensory panel, including a discussion of initial training and coverage of method and product specific training. Part Three examines the performance of sensory panels, with chapters exploring performance measures and ways of dealing with difficult situations relating to panelists.

A final chapter looks at the future of sensory panels. Throughout the book, short case studies demonstrate the practical application of the methods being discussed, making this a key reference for academics, technical and sensory staff in food companies.

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


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About the Authors

Lauren Rogers Author

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 healthcare 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 qualifications. 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