August 21, 2019
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Sensory Research in Action: Descriptive Analysis and Manufacturing Changes

In this case study, our client needed to qualify additional manufacturing lines in order to increase capacity on the production of chewable vitamins. Providing additional capacity was essential to delivering on order commitments.

Most importantly, given the volumes of the business, we had to ensure that this change would not impact the sensory characteristics of the chewable vitamins and risk alienating our client’s current users.

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August 12, 2019
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Looking for more from your Sensory Panels?

You’re probably familiar with our standing descriptive and discrimination panels (if not, click here), but did you know that we also offer semi-trained consumer panels and in-context panels? Lately, these panels are very much in demand as manufacturers seek deeper insights into product usage and experiences.

Here’s the 101 on these panels:

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July 10, 2019
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How to Use Sensory Research to Explore New Sweeteners

The future looks bright for Tate & Lyle’s low-calorie sugar, Allulose. “Ever since the FDA decided to exclude Tate & Lyle’s super low-calorie sugar, Allulose, from the total and added sugar declarations on the Nutrition Facts panel, manufacturers across categories have been clamoring to learn how the ingredient might help them meet growing consumer demand for lower-calorie and lower-sugar products.” (FoodNavigator-usa.com)

At ISR, this is a common request from our clients. There’s a need to make an ingredient change – sometimes driven from a cost perspective, other times because the ingredient offers new marketing opportunities or responds to consumer demands — in any case, our clients are concerned about altering consumer perception of their product.

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June 25, 2019
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ESOMAR Client Summit

If you’re heading to the ESOMAR Client Summit in NYC this week, we’d love to catch up with you.  We’ll have a tabletop exhibit so please pop by to say hello!  Or, reach out and we’ll arrange a time for coffee or food!

If you can’t make it, but still want to get some info from us, then we recommend that you take a look at this Capabilities Summary or our Facility Spec Sheet.

June 11, 2019
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Category Appraisal: the Basics

Need to know how your product stacks up against the competition and why one product is preferred over another? Category appraisal can answer those questions.

Category Appraisal combines consumer product testing with detailed product characteristics from our descriptive panel.

It’s useful when consumers can tell us what they like or don’t like, but cannot articulate enough detail to guide product development.

Here’s how a typical Category Appraisal works:

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May 29, 2019
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Understanding Supertasters

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.

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May 13, 2019
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Sensory 101

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.

How it’s used

  • Provides objective, data-driven assessment products
  • Uncovers how the product’s attributes are perceived
  • Identifies how to optimize the product for the desired usage experience
  • Ensures consistency throughout ingredient or manufacturing changes
  • Benchmarks against the competitive set

February 1, 2019
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Capabilities in Less than 100 Words!

A quick reminder about our capabilities:

  • Sensory research – flexible sensory research leveraging our own expert panels
  • Client-site sensory services – we recruit, train and manage your sensory panel
  • Exceptional facilities – 23 product testing booths, 12 sink booths, commercial test kitchens and abundant product prep space.
  • Global solutions – through our network of validated partners, we can standardize your global sensory research and provide one cohesive sensory research report.

Contact us for a competitive bid on your next project!