Read more on Developing innovative products through the integration of sensory science and marketing
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Developing innovative products through the integration of sensory science and marketing

The need to integrate sensory and consumer research in product development is an emerging trend in market-driven industries and is particularly applicable to the food and beverage sector. The well-known market researcher and sensory scientist Howard R. Moskowitz published on the subject ten years ago. He co-authored alongside Jacqueline H. Beckley and Anna V. A.…

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New Food Safety Regulations – An Update

Earlier this year, I posted an article on upcoming food safety legislation stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA). As part of the Healthy and Safe Food Regulatory Forum, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has now released an overview of the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations.…

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Culture of quality, continuous improvement tools in the food industry

In its September issue, ASQ’s Quality Progress addresses the importance of Quality in business culture.  The article references a white paper published by Forbes Insights:  Culture of Quality: Accelerating Growth and Performance in the Enterprise. The Forbes study, conducted in partnership with ASQ, reveals that world-class organisations successfully integrate quality into their business strategy to…

Read more on Wine Adjustment By Tannin Supplementation – A Case Study
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Wine Adjustment By Tannin Supplementation – A Case Study

Nuance Winery Supplies contracted the services of Sirocco Food & Wine Consulting to conduct sensory evaluation on wine adjusted with enological tannins (Vason Enologica). A fruit-forward low astringency Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon was used as the wine base and control for the study. Three finishing tannin kits were selected for tannin supplementation. The tannin-enhanced wines were…

Read more on Sensory analysis of food for quality control and assurance applications – A review of ASTM MNL14 standard
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Sensory analysis of food for quality control and assurance applications – A review of ASTM MNL14 standard

For food and beverage manufacturers, the decision to establish a sensory analysis program in the context of QA/QC activities depends upon business objectives and customer requirements. A successful implementation of a sensory analysis program fits the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle or Deming wheel. Another model on which to qualify the need for a sensory analysis program…

Read more on Sensory evaluation for food quality control – How to meet SQF (level 3) requirements
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Sensory evaluation for food quality control – How to meet SQF (level 3) requirements

Food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly recognising the value of Quality Management Systems (QMS) as a way to meet customer requirements and remain competitive. Companies who are thinking of going the QMS route have to define product quality and establish sensory specifications. While quality products may be defined as “free of taint” and “wholesome” during…

Read more on Paperless HACCP plans – the value of food safety software
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Paperless HACCP plans – the value of food safety software

Food safety specialists working in industry know that developing and maintaining a HACCP-based food safety program requires a significant amount of administrative paperwork. With pressures to go paperless coupled with increasing regulatory and industry requirements, more and more food businesses are turning to computer solutions to manage food safety and automate document control. Advances in…

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How important is Food Traceability?

Food traceability regulations in North America are being implemented as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the US and Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) in Canada. Facing pressure to meet regulatory compliance and private food safety standards, food and beverage companies are being forced to review their food safety preparedness…

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What’s Happening?

Upcoming Sensory Evaluation Course for Winemakers Starting May 29, I will be co-teaching a new sensory course at Okanagan College in Penticton. “Sensory Evaluation in Winemaking” will be held in the new food sensory laboratory of Okanagan College, Penticton campus. The 12-hour workshop will focus on the application of sensory evaluation tools for quality control…