Research From April 2018 newsletter

Latest R&D reports available to members

Output from our member funded research programme is published through a series of R&D reports for members only.

New research on accelerated shelf life testing (RD435)

All sectors of the food and drink industry are under increasing pressure to rapidly develop and launch new and innovative products to maintain market share. Our research has shown that it is possible to develop accelerated shelf life (ASL) testing protocols for some chilled, ready-to-eat meat products. The method was developed as part of a member-funded project that aims to validate the 'comparison approach' as a method for accelerated shelf life testing.

Contact: Annette Sansom
+44(0)1386 842034

Consumer methods to support product development (RD430)

Rapid and cost effective product evaluation approaches are required to get products to market quicker. This study evaluated sensory and consumer methods to support the product development process. Nine test approaches were assessed and compared for the sensory and hedonic characterisation of five cheese samples. Despite small differences, most consumer approaches provided similar results in terms of hedonic characterisation, sensory characterisation and sensory drivers of liking.

Contact: Marleen Chambault
+44(0)1386 842034