Sensory Testing Services
Food & Beverage

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Food & Beverage
St. Croix Sensory has experience in a wide variety of sensory testing methodologies for evaluation of food & beverage products.
Descriptive Analysis
Descriptive sensory panels provide quantitative information about product attributes including taste, texture, flavor and aroma.
Assessors
St. Croix Sensory designs and executes evaluations with trained and/or consumer panels to meet your project needs.
Acceptance / Preference
New Product development, line extensions, or proof of concept, we translate consumer acceptance / preference parameters.
Discrimination / Difference Testing
Our trained or consumer panels explore if a difference exists within product lots or between product formulations.
Shelf-Life Testing
Evaluate sensory changes over the course of product shelf-life.

Food & Beverage Sensory Testing

St. Croix Sensory provides sensory testing services to the food and beverage industry, including categories such as: retail/grocery, restaurant and food service, ingredient suppliers, flavor companies, municipal and bottled water, pharmaceutical, and alcoholic beverages.

Through all phases of the product life-cycle, sensory testing can provide answers to understand your products.  Some example food and beverage sensory testing applications include:

  • Product Development
  • Competitive Product Comparisons
  • Shelf-Life Studies
  • Packaging Studies
  • Claim Substantiation
  • Ongoing QA/QC
  • Addressing Product Complaints

St. Croix Sensory will discuss with you your research questions and project objectives to develop a testing protocol to achieve your goals.  We work with each client to consider qualitative and quantitative sensory testing methodologies and protocols utilizing either trained or consumer panels. Each project is completed following the most applicable ASTM International, CEN and ISO Standards. Types of testing methodologies include:

  • Descriptive Analysis
  • Difference/Discrimination Testing
  • Taste and Odor Thresholds
  • Consumer Preference/Acceptance
  • Packaging Odor and Taste Transfer Testing