Sensory Evaluation Practices / Edition 3 available in Hardcover
Understanding what the consumer wants and will accept are two of the most significant hurdles faced by anyone in new product development. Whether the concern is the proper mouth-feel of a potato chip, the sense of freshness" evoked by a chewing gum, or the weight and texture of a cosmetic, if the consumer doesn't find the product acceptable, it won't sell. Sensory evaluation testing is the process that establishes the consumer acceptability of a product. It can help identify issues before general production is begun and potentially bring to light issues that hadn't previously been considered a factor in the success of the project.
- Emphasizes the importance of a 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 and marketers
- Presents 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
About the Author
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.Heather A. Thomas is Vice President, Research of Tragon Corporation. Thomas, a key member of Tragon since 1987, is responsible for Tragon’s worldwide data analysis, specializing in product optimization techniques, segmentation research, experimental design, choice-based modeling, and advanced multivariate analysis techniques. Heather specializes in understanding consumer behavior through multivariate data integration of sensory, consumer, and instrumental measurement techniques to help guide product development and marketing groups. She is co-developer of the Tragon Maximizer, an interactive predictive tool of consumer perception based on design of experiments. She is also a trained Tragon QDA® panel moderator. 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.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Sensory Evaluation 2. The Organization and Operation of a Sensory Evaluation Program 3. Measurement 4. Test Strategy and the Design of Experiments 5. Discrimination Testing 6. Descriptive Analysis 7. Affective Testing 8. Strategic Applications 9. Epilogue