Industry Trends at 2019 Tea Expo

I had the great fortune to attend the World Tea Expo last week in sunny Las Vegas.  This is an expo and conference focused on tea sales, production, and discussion about issues relevant to the tea industry.  Like many Expos, it included a large Expo floor...

Employee Spotlight : Zach Smith

We Love Our Employees! Meet Zach Smith, an operations manager in our Michigan location.As Operations Manager, (Sensory Spectrum Managed Services, Michigan location) my primary goal is to deliver Spectrum quality services and flawless sensory data to our client.My...

Descriptive Analysis Spirits Flavor Wheel

Click here to download the Sprits Wheel!  The first time I evaluated vodka as a descriptive panelist, my response was, “It tastes like vodka.”  I had a similar response to the 2nd and 3rd evaluations.  On the 4th try, I found a slight anise note amongst the alcohol...

Visual Cues Abound

There is a natural movement well underway in the food industry. Many food companies have announced that they are removing the artificial colors in their products and are replacing them with naturally sourced ingredients. There is plenty of research that indicates...

Model Malodors Save Time and Money

Model Malodors Save Time and Money It’s true.  I smell stink…on purpose…and I do it often.  And what’s more, I am truly proud of the stink that I have had a hand/ nose in creating.  I have learned that not all stink is a good stink.  While most people can’t understand...

Employee Spotlight : Laura Finnimore

We Love Our Employees! Meet Laura Finnimore, a descriptive panel leader in our North Carolina facility.As Panel Leader for our Personal Care Panel at Sensory Spectrum, my principal goals are to provide the most accurate data to our clients and to maintain our high...

Spectrum Method vs. QDA

We're often asked "Should I use Spectrum Method or QDA? Is one worse than the other?" The truth is that both methods have their strengths and weaknesses. Let’s talk about some of them here. First, they’re not entirely different from one another. Spectrum Method and...

Jelly Highlighers Review

We're using Social Media Scraping on Jelly Highlighters! "Scraping" is a technique borrowed from the computer science world. It typically involves a computer program extracting data from human-readable output coming from another program.  We do this too, but looking...

New Year’s Eve Cocktail

Nothing brings in the New Year like a fresh cocktail.  Enjoy this festive cocktail from Bon Appetitie while our chef  and food scientist explains just why it tastes so good. Hard Cider SpritzCocktail Analysis: The cocktail is a hard cider spritz, playing up some of...

Hanukkah Pairings

Enjoy these new twists on Hanukkah recipes from our resident chef and food scientist, Ivy Koelliker. Simple Salmon Appetizer4 oz. creme fresh6 oz. smoked salmon fresh tarragonthe juice of half a lemon fresh cucumber slices fresh avocado slicessalt and pepperJewish rye...

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