Why are we undertaking this project?
There is minimal guidance available to industry practitioners regarding sensory claims. In particular, guidance is needed
on how to technically substantiate, demonstrate and verify all claims - to avoid misleading purchasers.
What are we doing as part of this project?
Investigating the perceived credibility and meaningfulness of different types of claims to consumers for food, drink and
non-food product categories. This includes the perceived value and impact these claims have on consumers pre-purchase decision making and how to
communicate claims to consumers to optimise product standout during pre-purchase selection.
Current status of the project
Awareness and understanding of sensory claims amongst UK consumers have been explored using
For a selection of food and non-food products, the types of claims that are the most meaningful to consumers have been identified. For selected
food product categories, the relative impact of sensory claims on pre-purchase decisions has been quantified using a multi-stage explicit
quantitative approach. Data collected in the UK and two other European countries is currently being analysed.
A white paper has been written, which defines the different types of sensory claims,
as well as explaining how these are regulated in the UK and substantiated. The paper also discusses the practicalities and possible issues
surrounding the sensory claim substantiation process, as well as providing recommendations based on practical experience. The next stage of the
project utilises a combination of technologies to examine how consumers respond to sensory claims in purchase situations.