Utilizing sensory testing to develop products with Shawn Kapanke of Silver Spring Foods

Sensory testing is a vital aspect of any food & beverage brand’s research and development process – but how can brands utilize their employees, their most trusted asset, to help with sensory testing and product development? This week on Beyond the Shelf, we spoke with the Business Development Manager at Silver Spring Foods, Shawn Kapanke. Founded in 1929, Silver Spring Foods is one of the largest producers of horseradish in the United States. In this episode, Shawn gave us some background into the family-owned business, and how the market for horseradish has shifted since the start of the company. We also discussed their Zing Master program, which consists of a collection of employees that help develop and conduct sensory testing on their products.

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