A Spoonful of Sugar Tax

January 19, 2018

AG Barr’s announcement last week that it will be changing the recipe of its iconic Irn Bru drink provoked a storm of protest and panic buying amongst consumers in Scotland and overseas. Prompted by the sugar tax, Barr has reduced the sugar level in its orange liquid from 10% to just 4.7%. The Company claims that 9 out of 10 regular Irn Bru...

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Sierra Leone Update - Rory's Well

August 22, 2017

Earlier this year, Pam Beyts and Amanda Talbot travelled to Sierra Leone to find out how our donations have been helping Alive & Well establish a well in the village of Jakama. We have been kept up-to-date with their progress and are pleased to write that the well is now complete and the villagers have a source of clean water. Following the...

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Unlocking the Secrets of Success

June 08, 2017

How well do you know your product? You will know the power of the brand, the functionality, nutritional and other benefits, but how well do you know what is ‘in the tin’?  What are the characteristics that make up the usage or consumption experience? How do these characteristics differentiate you from your competition? Sometimes we need to...

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All about the taste - No hummus!

May 02, 2017

Hummus shortage This week we learnt that the Brits love hummus.  Apparently 41% of UK households have a pot of the chickpea yumminess in the fridge so the issue at Bakkavor caused some consternation across the nation as supplies at all major retailers dried up for a couple of days last week. The problem: a strange metallic taste.  Source...

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Sensory Panellists…alien beings or skilled people?

April 05, 2017

Sensory Panellists… alien beings or skilled people? This week whilst having an often occurring conversation about the incredible insight sensory testing can deliver, and describing the process, the thought struck me that sensory panellists must come across as sounding like some form of alien beings. ‘Selected’, ‘trained’, ‘working...

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London College of Arts

March 14, 2017

On Monday we had our annual visit from the London College of Arts students. These amazing 2nd year under-graduate students come as part of their Cosmetic Science course to learn about how Sensory and Consumer Research can give them the insight they will need to develop the winning cosmetic products of the future. We discussed Sensory Profiling...

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