The University is recruiting taste testers to help its Food Science & Technology Center launch a consumer research study. You get to eat and share your opinion. If this is the type of job you can’t wait to sink your teeth into then contact Harrisburg University of Science and Technology today to become a taste tester.
The University will conduct consumer testing from April 28 through May 11. As a part of the HU Food Science and Technology Center, the Consumer Insights Research Laboratory is focused on student education and economic development of food companies within the region by providing consumer research support and academic programs.
Participants who are over 18 years of age will have the opportunity to sign up for the current and future taste testing opportunities for a variety of foods including chocolate, salty snacks sweet snacks, or a variety of other types of prepared foods. Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg, PA.
For more information or to sign up for the upcoming studies, please contact Pam Ibric, CIRL Research Coordinator, at CIRL@HarrisburgU.edu or 717.901.5155. Or go online at www.HarrisburgU.edu/FSTC/CIRL
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) joined forces in 2011 to develop a sensory science and consumer research program at the school’s campus located in downtown Harrisburg, Pa. The initiative includes creating a research laboratory where the University will conduct consumer taste tests on a range of confectionery products, including Hershey’s chocolate. Consumer insights obtained from the lab’s research will guide product development efforts.
The Hershey Company gave the University a grant of $90,000 to equip a new sensory science and consumer research laboratory and cover other start-up costs during the program’s first two years. The University plans to complete the lab in February.
The sensory science and consumer research program is aligned with the University’s mission to create innovative and ambitious programs that meet the educational needs of youth as well as create economic opportunities in the region. Harrisburg University staff and students will conduct the consumer research working closely with Hershey research staff.
The program’s research results will be integrated with sensory testing conducted at The Hershey Company’s Technical Center in Hershey, Pa., where professional sensory panels and employee panels provide feedback that guides ongoing new product development.