New findings

ESN members and ESN industry partners are involved in a variety of research activities. Here we present some highlights of their recent findings as well as interviews with ESN experts on selected topics.


Lise Dreyfuss talks about the ConsumerFacets test and how to use it for sensory research.


How to make ready-made meal packages more attractive for older consumers.


A new study by Lukas Danner, European Sensory Network member Klaus Duerrschmid and colleagues shines a light on the association of certain odours with distinct age groups.


A study from the Monell Center suggests palatable tastes do not drive long-term overeating.


Foods that are more - or less - delicious than we expect can also cause mood changes


Our sense of smell and taste declines with age. Yet not everyone is affected on the same level.


Icelandic researchers have found that sensory preconceptions spoil the appetite for fish, but this prejudice can be counteracted.


In a qualitative survey, researchers from the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association Group, Gloucestershire, England, explored ...


“Ugh, blah! That tastes terrible!” When you can see the person’s face as he eats, such exclamations are usually superfluous. Such spontaneous ...


Can children be taught to become gourmets? The connoisseur country of France has a sensory education program for 8 to ...


Sensory attributes and health-related product information are both important aspects of the consumers’ food choice. How do these ...


Memories of earlier experiences are a major factor in our decisions as to what we eat and what we don’t eat. They also play a central role as to whether or not ...


What sort of housewife buys only canned food? Would you rather like to go have coffee with a man who fills his shopping cart with frozen pizza and canned beer or ...


Two recent sensory studies conducted by the Icelandic and Norwegian members of the European Sensory Network (ESN) examine consumer and food experts’ quality ratings of cod and salmon.


In this era of globalisation it has become more and more necessary to develop products that are accepted by consumers in both the domestic and the international markets. For this reason, intercultural sensory studies are ...


What is the image of ready meals and the consumers who buy them? What are the situations in which consumers typically choose this quick alternative, and what are the reasons ...


There is wide-ranging contrast in the way young Russian consumers rate Western products. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the consequent freeing-up of the market place, Russian consumers have ...


The European Sensory Network is celebrating the 75th birthday of its co-founder and scientific advisor Egon P. Köster, sensory expert and Professor emeritus of Experimental Psychology.


Functional foods are foods with additional positive health effects. Do consumers really focus on these advantages when deciding which product to buy, and consequently do they prefer functional foods ...


Men like to sink their teeth into a good rare steak, while women prefer well-done white meat or vegetarian food. What sounds like ...


The European Union, with the participation of members from the European Sensory Network recently conducted the project "Eurosalmon" to discern which sorts of ...


The vast North American market place offers a seemingly unlimited array of selling opportunities for European products. There is cultural ...


There is a marked difference in the expectations of German, French and Italian consumers regarding Emmentaler cheese.


In the last years, citizens of the European Union have been plagued by several food scandals of which the BSE scandal was the most dramatic. The European Commission has become more ...


Consumers judge foods differently when they are left solely to their taste impressions than when they are also given the brand name of the product.


When choosing among similar products, consumers seem to rely more on their personal taste than on brands or quality-seals.


During the 40 years of separation, the people of East and West Germany had become accustomed to different food products. Two years after the fall of the Berlin wall ...