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10/09/2009

Provisor launches new sensory facility

South Australian-based technical consultant Provisor has opened a new sensory facility, from which it will offer a range of sensory evaluation services to the food and beverage industries.

Provisor chief executive Darren Oemcke says the facility has been a “labour of love”.

“We have begged, borrowed, and rented space to conduct our evaluations for the last five years, so we are pleased to finally establish a home for our sensory services,” he said.

“We had to significantly reduce our services until we finally had this space.

“Now having finished the installation of the computerised data collection system, we are all systems go to service industry”.

Provisor offers independent sensory testing for all types of food and beverages.

Companies can utilise the facility to improve the performance of their products and processes and to better understand their consumer behaviours.

Provisor’s sensory specialist Briony Liebich says the facility is an “international best-practice laboratory”.

“It provides us with a dedicated space to apply the sensory skills of our staff, and to help our customers maintain their competitive edge”.

The facility includes a series of individual computerised tasting booths with controlled temperature and lighting.

Highly trained tasters use these booths to evaluate and record the products put before them in terms of aroma, taste and mouthfeel.

Other features of the facility include a meeting room where panel discussions and training sessions are held, a spacious sample preparation area and controlled temperature storage facilities.

It also supports Provisor’s plans to add value to corporate trials in areas such as packaging and processing.

The new facility was constructed in partnership with the CSIRO with funding support from the Australian Governments Major National Research Facilities Program.

For further information contact Briony Liebich on +61 (08) 8338 3668, email or visit www.provisor.com.au

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