Product analysis is carried out to:
- investigate how a product is made;
- analyse the type and amount of ingredients used;
- gain ideas for new product development;
- compare differences between brands;
- check that a product matches its specification.
Aspects of product analysis include:
- Describing physical attributes, e.g. appearance and weight;
- Recording cost;
- Undertaking sensory evaluation tests, e.g. appearance, odour, taste and texture;
- Performing nutritional analysis;
- Investigating ingredients used, e.g. type, source, weight and percentage;
- Researching preparation or manufacturing techniques;
- Considering shelf-life issues;
- Reviewing its target group;
- Looking at packaging, e.g. type, function and material.
Last reviewed: 28/11/2012
Next review date: 28/11/2015
This example looks at the ingredients used in a Japanese Bento box for lunch.
This example looks at the ingredients used in a meat and vegetable samosa. It shows one way in which pupils could analyse food products. This type of analysis is used to:
- * investigate how a product is made;
- * analyse what ingredients are used;
- * check that the product matches its specification (recipe).
This example looks at the ingredients used in an ice cream product. It examines the functional properties of each ingredient used.