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Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Innovative support for the food industry

NEW SERVICE: the Agrifood Technology Station (ATS) recently debuted its state-of-the-art Sensory Facility. NEW SERVICE: the Agrifood Technology Station (ATS) recently debuted its state-of-the-art Sensory Facility.

Tasked with providing innovative support for small and medium enterprises in the food sector, the Agrifood Technology Station (ATS) recently debuted its state-of-the-art Sensory Facility.

Housed in the Food Technology Facility at the CPUT Bellville Campus, the Sensory Facility allows small and medium enterprises to conduct extensive sensory evaluations on their food products. Recently the ATS hosted its first sensory evaluation client, who spent three weeks at CPUT, conducting sensory analysis on various food products.

Hybre van Blerk who facilitated the process says sensory evaluation involves members of the public or experts who taste food products and characterise them according to specifics set out by a client. For example, characterisation could involve aroma, appearance, flavor and texture of a food product. This process allows businesses to better understand their product and target market and also helps them to improve products or even come up with new products.

“This may sound like a basic task, but it is a crucial process,” says van Blerk.

Manager of the ATS, Larry Dolley, says it was a huge undertaking which saw hundreds of sensory panelists bussed in daily to participate in the project.

He says they are pleased with the project and are looking forward to collaborating with many other clients in the field of sensory analysis.

*For more information on the Agrifood Technology Station and their wide range of services, please click here or contact them at +27 21 953 8615 or agrifood@cput.ac.za

Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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