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Organic Sensory Information System (OSIS): Documentation of sensory properties through testing and consumer research for the organic industry


Distributors and promoters of organic food claim superior tastes for their products compared to the conventional alternative. This argument however is still subject to a hard debate and thus deserves more scientific evidence. Since repurchases are dependent on the overall liking of a product, and sensory experiences may have an important impact, knowledge about these dimensions is crucial for producers and marketers of organic food to offer products which meet consumer expectations.

The main purpose of this project therefore is to develop the first Organic Sensory Information System (OSIS), a multilingual and centrally based data folder for data deposition along with an interface scheme that serves as a basis for data exchange to the benefit of the organic food market (organic associations, producer, processors, retailer, wholesaler as well as consumers).

To this aim, a multidisciplinary and international research approach is necessary which comprises sensory and consumer research linked with standards requirements in different European countries. The extendable data folder will contain descriptions of sensory properties of specific products from six product categories as well as information about underlying production methods which explain the sensory differences between organic and conventional as well as consumer and expectations.

The comprehensive sensory evaluations will also result in a preference mapping of sensory quality. The impact of EU legislation and standards of organic farming associations, which define production methods and ingredients, will also be elaborated for OSIS. Qualitative and quantitative consumer research is carried out to develop segment-specific marketing strategies based on OSIS for all stakeholders involved. Comprehensive dissemination and training activities, including the preparation of training materials for all stakeholder groups involved as well as for sale staff, will ensure the broad information of the organic food market.

The ECROPLIS project is funded under the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union.

Detailed Description


Financing/ Donor
  • European Union: 7th Research Framework Programme
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
(Research) Program
  • European Union: 7th Research Framework Programme
Project partners
  • Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren Herstellung und Handel e.V. , DE
  • Vereniging Biologische Productie – en handelsbedrijve n(VBP) , NL
  • (Ekoland) Association of Organic Food Producers – Sector Kujawsko-Pomorski, PL
  • Bio Suisse , CH
  • Synabio (Syndicat national des transformateurs et distributeurs de produits naturels et de culture biologique), FR
  • Bioagricoop, IT
  • Verein zur Förderung des Technologie Transfers an der Hochschule Bremerhaven e.V. , DE
  • Departement Life Sciences und Facility Management der Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften , Wädenswil, CH
  • Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung der UniversitätGöttingen , DE
  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences , PL
  • Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environnement , FR
  • Università di Bologna , IT
  • Agrotechnology and Food Innovations BV, NL
  • SuperBioMarkt AG , DE
  • SA Union des éleveurs bio, FR
  • Organic Oils spA , IT
  • Agrovision Burgrain AG; CH
  • FairConnect BV, NL
  • PPH Tast, PL
FiBL project leader/ contact
  • Bickel Regula
(people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
FiBL project staff
Further information

Research area
FiBL project number 30029
Date modified 12.11.2019