Aroma and taste are important variables in pet food palatability. However, our canine and feline companions can’t tell us what aroma they smell or flavors they taste, so how do we know which pet food they prefer? Electronic sensors have the ability to help scientists analyze the overall smell and...
Why is p-Value Important in Palatability Assessments?
In the pet food industry, business decisions about product advancement are based on comparative palatability assessments using data. Pet preferences are most often determined using two-bowl trials. Data from these or any comparisons must be carefully analyzed to tell an accurate story. The first step in this analysis is to define what measure you will use for preference. The next step is to determine the p-value, a statistic that indicates whether a hypothetical situation seems reasonable after collecting and analyzing the data.
Researchers at AFB address the methods used for determining pet food product preferences, how to select your sample size for the preference trial (which can differ in different regions) and how to interpret the p-Value in our “THE IMPORTANCE OF P-VALUE IN PALATABILITY ASSESSMENTS” white paper.