Sensory Quality & Shelf Life Programs
A focused look at common methods for determining and measuring sensory shelf life of food products
Explore current methods for evaluation of Sensory Quality throughout the production and distribution environment. Be guided through the complex challenges of developing, instituting, and maintaining a Sensory Quality Program at the plant level. Learn how to identify key elements of a high-quality program, be exposed to a variety of sensory tools, and discuss how to influence key stakeholders. Advantages, limitations, applications, and steps for developing programs for methods including Attribute Descriptive, Difference from Control, and In/Out will be discussed with a focus on practical use while maintaining scientific integrity. Real-world examples are provided for quality assessment of incoming raw materials, in-process production, finished products, and shelf-life.
Participants are encouraged to bring their individual challenges and situations for a roundtable discussion with the instructors and the group.
Who Should Attend
QC/QA and sensory professionals responsible for recommending and/or implementing sensory shelf-life programs, plant management and technical personnel (sensory coordinators and quality professionals) responsible for the routine operation of an established program, and R&D personnel developing new products as well as making ingredient changes to existing products.
About the Course
Participants will learn:
The importance of having a good sensory quality program
The role of sensory quality within a company’s quality program
Sensory Quality program methods and best uses of each
The mechanics of a working sensory quality panel: training, use, and maintenance
A deeper understanding of production variability and its measurement
Benefits of connecting sensory quality specifications with technical production specifications and statistical process control
Uses of sensory quality data in decision making
Applications of sensory quality methods for testing sensory shelf-life