Here’s an interesting article about supertasters and how their preferences in other food categories could be used to help them choose wines. While it’s truly a fun marketing approach – who wouldn’t want to discuss chocolate and coffee preferences over a glass of wine 😉 – we definitely would like to further explore this idea with some sensory research.
First up, we’d love to see further analysis on this subject matter with specific regard to demographics. For example, we know that only about 25% of Caucasians are supertasters, and we actually do not have definitive data on other ethnicities and races in terms of supertasting abilities.
Further, we also know that about 25% of people are influenced by taste, but many more are influenced by social behavior and food trends. That’s why scientific sensory research is so helpful with ingredient and manufacturing changes, because it isolates the taste variable and removes the impact of social behaviors. On the other hand, understanding the many factors that go into brand selection is the purview of our sister company, Blueberry, whose focus on consumer sensory research can incorporate both the social and the physical aspects of the product selection.
Another area of further investigation would be how the consumers’ age impacts brand selection. Millennials, in particular, often are not loyal to brands, but rather are highly influenced by peers.
Sensory science aside, perhaps a winery tour is needed…you know, for research purposes!
We sometimes hear from our clients that they know they should “do sensory research,” but they are not quite sure how it fits or what it does. So for those of you who are also wondering about it, here’s our Sensory 101.
What it does
Sensory research identifies the unique & compelling characteristics of the product. It also ensures that those attributes remain consistent and continue to deliver against consumer expectations.
We recently explored how gender and color impact product perceptions for laundry detergent.
Interestingly, we discovered that the main effect was scent-related but that there was a two-way interaction between gender and color. Although women’s attitudes were not different from men’s for the clear or blue detergent, they were more negative than those of men for the green detergent.
So many of our clients come up from Manhattan, we thought it made sense to quickly share how easy it is to get here from there!
From Grand Central Terminal in New York City: Take the New Haven Line to Mamaroneck Station. This is about a 40-minute train ride. During peak hours, the train runs every 30 minutes. Once at Mamaroneck Station, take a cab or Uber to our office. It is about a 6 min drive to our facility.