What is sensory evaluation?

According to the Institute of Food Technologists, sensory evaluation is a scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyze, and interpret reactions to the characteristics of food and materials as they are perceived by the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Our panelists are trained to accurately detect subtle differences in perceived sensations between test samples in order to provide a very comprehensive evaluation of the product.

What is consumer product testing?

Consumer product testing is the sensory evaluation of a product’s acceptability by the consumer population. The product is given to a group of panelists with little to no formal training in product evaluation. These panelists are referred to as “naïve.” Based on the response of the naïve panelists to the product, we are able to determine if the change in formulation of an experimental product is detected when compared to the already existing commercialized product that is undergoing improvement.

Why should I apply to become a panelist?

Our panelists are at the cutting edge of product development, design and evaluation. Their participation significantly impacts the commercialization strategy of some of the largest food and beverage companies in the world.

As a Gusatec panelist, you are given the freedom to participate in panels that fit around your busy lifestyle. It is the optimal part-time work opportunity for students, retired workers, stay at home parents, unemployed individuals, or those who are simply interested in consumer product testing and sensory evaluation.

Upon application to participate in out project panels, each applicant undergoes a series of paid interview testing sessions. During these sessions, individual testing ability is evaluated. We then offer comprehensive training, as an employee of Gustatec, in the taste profile(s) for which an individual is qualified. After training, he or she is seated on a formal panel for sensory evaluation of new food products.

Gustatec offers excellent compensation and bonus incentives for top performers on test controls and attendance. We also provide an easy-going, but controlled, testing environment. It’s a great place to work.

What is a typical panelist schedule?

Our panels run from 10am to 5:00pm weekdays and weekends as needed. Being a panelist is a part-time position. Upon completing the interview and training process, you will be scheduled into certain projects based on your sensory abilities. You will have the opportunity to be placed on any of these project panels that fit around your schedule.

How many people are in a typical panel?

There are usually 10 – 40 participants per panel, depending on the type of test.

What are the legal requirements to be a panelist?

The following are federal regulations that are mandated by all testing facilities in the United States

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a US citizen or legal to work in the US.
  • You must be in good physical health.
  • You may not be nursing, pregnant, or planning to become pregnant during the testing period.
Am I a potential panelist? Take a brief test
  • Do you prefer a flexible work schedule rather than a demanding one?
  • Do you feel that compensation based on performance is important?
  • Do you want to work for a company where your opinion and ideas have a large impact?
  • Do you enjoy food?
  • Do you think dietary health is important?
  • Do you think keeping natural ingredients in food is important?
  • Do you like learning new things every day?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you have the attitude and interest it takes to be a panelist. Now, all you have to do is schedule your interview testing sessions!

How do I get to the Gustatec location?

Gustatec is located at 100 Bayard St in New Brunswick, NJ. The building is called the “Atrium.” Take either the stairs or elevator to the third floor; it is the third door down the hall to the right.