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Linking sensory perceptions and physical properties of orange drinks

McCulloch, Josie; Isaev, Svetlin; Bachour, Khaled; Jreissat, Mohannad; Wagner, Christian; Makatsoris, Charalampos


Josie McCulloch

Svetlin Isaev

Khaled Bachour

Mohannad Jreissat

Charalampos Makatsoris


This paper investigates if sensory perceptions of orange drinks (e.g., acidity, thickness, wateriness) can be linked to physical measurements (e.g., pH, particle size, density). Using this information, manufactured drinks can be tailored according to consumer' desires by, for example, the consumer providing a sensory description of their preferred drink. Sensory perceptions of different juices are collected in a survey and used to determine 1) if consumers can distinguish between different drinks using the provided sensory descriptors, and 2) if the perceptions match to physical measurements of the drinks. Results show that most of the given sensory descriptors are useful in describing differences in orange drinks. Additionally, the perceived wateriness and thickness of the drinks can be predicted from measurements. However, the perceived acidity could not be reliably predicted. The results show that personally tailored orange beverages can be manufactured according to some of the consumer's desires and there is scope for future developments tailored to a wider range of drink attributes.


McCulloch, J., Isaev, S., Bachour, K., Jreissat, M., Wagner, C., & Makatsoris, C. (2017). Linking sensory perceptions and physical properties of orange drinks.

Conference Name IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC 2017)
End Date Oct 8, 2017
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Publication Date Oct 5, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, 2017
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ISSN 0884-3627.

Published in: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), p. 1511-1516, doi:10.1109/SMC.2017.8122828.


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