Local people needed for food tasting trials at QMU

By Press Office

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is looking for food and drink lovers of all ages to take part in food tasting panels at its campus in Musselburgh. Attendance on the panel would suit people aged 18 years and upwards who can take part in occasional panels mainly during week days. Participants will be rewarded after each short tasting session with a £10 gift voucher.

The Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation’s purpose-built sensory analysis suite, based at QMU, assesses both new items before they are launched, as well as existing products already on the market.  Several consumer tasting panels are run every week on a wide variety of food and drink products including bakery, meats, ready meals, snacks and chocolate.

Catriona Liddle from the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, explained: “Some of the taste panels are very quick and simple and are completed in around 15 – 20 minutes, while some sessions are more involved and can last around 45 minutes.

“Consumer panel members will have the chance to taste a wide range of products from basic food brands to premium products. People really enjoy attending the sessions and welcome the opportunity to share their opinions on the range of foods they taste.”

No previous experience is necessary to take part in the sessions, but all participants should be over 18 and should not have any dietary restrictions.

Tasters can choose to apply for as many sessions as they wish, but there is no obligation to attend every session that is being promoted.  Each week our list of consumer panellists will receive an email with notification of upcoming sessions to choose from.  Most sessions are held in the morning or afternoon on weekdays, but we are also recruiting for sessions in the evening and some weekends.  

If you would like to find out more information, or to sign up as a consumer panel taster, please email Lucy MacLellan of QMU Food & Drink Consumer Tasting Panel on E: consumerpanels@qmu.ac.uk 


Notes to Editor

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University on T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk.