In the last few years, we have seen some of the most notable moments in food science, specifically in the area of alternative proteins. According to Mintel’s Global New Product Database (Mintel GNPD), meat substitutes have followed an upward trend, with over double the number of products launched from the previous year. Additionally, meat substitutes make up roughly 10% of products launched in the processed fish, meat & egg product category in the past year.  In fact, not only are these a marvel of food science innovation, but these products rival their animal-based counterparts in nearly every characteristic. So how did they do it? Continue Reading

When was the last time you took a bite of your favorite food, and just stopped there? Can’t remember right? Well, a lot of times consumer acceptance of products is largely linked with the entire eating or drinking experience. One great way to correlate this experience with consumer liking is the use of temporal methods. Continue Reading

At Mérieux NutriSciences we provide quality monitoring programs to food service and retail customers that often benefit from the use of small group consensus descriptive analysis. This technique combines the level of detail found in traditional descriptive analysis with the agility of consensus profiling. When applied correctly this technique results in fast, focused product monitoring.

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I am always amused when shopping in retail stores and I come across a garment or accessory that has a sizing tag that reads, “One Size Fits All.” This is beyond laughable. What are the chances that this is actually the case? Simple genetics tells us that no two people are exactly alike so how can one garment fit everyone? If you topped the growth charts, these “one-size” garments never fit all of you, and if you are an extra petite person, you can hang that same garment on yourself like draperies on a window. The results will not be favorable or hardly functional, and this garment will remain unworn and eventually be tossed into a donation box or sold in a garage sale. It is wasted money.

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