Shelf-life Testing & Descriptive Profiling for Nutritional Beverages

Objective

Our client wanted to measure sensory attributes for various time points for all flavors of their nutritional shake product line. They also wanted to develop a full descriptive profile for their Orange Pineapple nutritional shake.

Flavors Evaluated

Methodology

We conducted the following tests and also created the lexicon for each of the flavors in the product line.

  • 30 Days: Formula 1 v. Formula 1x, ANOVA data collection
  • 60, 90, 120 Days: Formula 1x, Consensus data collection
  • 6 Months: Formula 1x, Consensus data collection
  • T-test data collection
Example Lexicon for Orange Pineapple Flavor

What We Did

We assessed Flavor, Aroma, Aftertaste, and Texture attributes at the 30-day and 6-month marks for each of the four flavors. Here’s an example of the aftertaste and texture attributes:

What We Learned

We identified how the sensory profiles changed over time for each of the flavors. Here’s an example of the Orange Pineapple flavor:

For common attributes, we determined that all products continue to deliver similarly for flavor, aroma intensity, aftertaste, and mouthfeel attributes.

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