Influence of demographic factors on sheepmeat sensory scores of American, Australian and Chinese consumers

Rachel A. O'Reilly, Liselotte Pannier, Graham E. Gardner, Andrea J. Garmyn, Hailing Luo, Qingxiang Meng, Markus F. Miller, David W. Pethick

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Abstract

Along with animal production factors, it is important to understand whether demographic factors influence untrained consumer perceptions of eating quality. This study examined the impact of demographic factors and sheepmeat consumption preferences on eating quality scores of American, Australian and Chinese untrained consumers. M. longissimus lumborum (LL) and m. semimembranosus (SM) were grilled according to sheep Meat Standards Australia protocols and evaluated by 2160 consumers for tenderness, juiciness, flavour and overall liking. Linear mixed effects models were used to analyse the impact of demographic factors and sheepmeat consumption habits on eating quality scores. Consumer age, gender, number of adults in a household and income had the strongest effect on sensory scores (P ≤ 0.05), although, the impact was often different across countries. Frequency of lamb consumption had an impact on sensory scores of American, Australian and Chinese consumers but larger sample sizes in some underrepresented subclasses for Australian and Chinese consumers are needed. Results suggest it is important to balance sensory panels for demographic factors of age, gender, number of adults and income to ensure sensory preferences are accurately represented for these particular populations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number529
JournalFoods
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Consumer
  • Cross-cultural
  • Demographic
  • Lamb
  • Longissimus
  • Semimembranosus
  • Sensory
  • Yearling

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