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Perceived sensory quality of unpolished pigmented and milled white rices

Juemanee, A., Kijroongrojana, K., Meenune, M. and Posri, W. (2018) Perceived sensory quality of unpolished pigmented and milled white rices. British Food Journal.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-01-2017-0032

Abstract

Purpose To explore and compare consumer perceptions of unpolished pigmented rice and milled white rice between unfamiliar and typical consumers. Design/methodology/approach This study first employed focus groups to explore attitudes and habits relating to rice consumption among British subjects. A sensory descriptive analysis method, Flash Profiling (FP), was then applied on consumer panels in the United Kingdom (UK) and Thailand to gain perceived sensory quality of unfamiliar and typical rice samples. The sensory profiles generated by British and Thai panellists were analysed by Generalised Procrustean Analysis (GPA) and compared based on perceived attributes, dominant characteristics and repeatability. Findings Focus group results suggested that consumer familiarity with rice might influence preferred rice textural quality. The prominent textures of stickiness and bittiness of unpolished pigmented rice were negatively associated with perceived quality in the UK participants The sensory profiles generated by GPA consisted of similarity with darkness of colour and sweet/ earthy type odours that are key dominant characteristics of the Thai pigmented rice. Practical implications The research has provided sensory information of the unpolished pigmented rice as compared with milled white rice. The information gives insights on product development directions for export and further research on rice processing and cooking instructions. Originality/value This study is the first to apply sensory evaluation in a cross-cultural comparison of pigmented rice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Unpolished rice, Brown rice, Pigmented rice, Sensory evaluation, Familiarity, Flash profile
Divisions: Food Science and Agri-food Supply Chain Management
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 16:30
URI: http://hau.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/17256

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