Edmund_Mach_Foundation_Testimonial - page 1

Edmund Mach
Agricultural centre working on
agriculture, food processing and
sustainable development projects
Assessment of perceived food
quality (apples & cheese)
IRIS Visual Analyzer
User contact
Dr. Eugenio Aprea
“IRIS is perfectly
characterizing the
visual properties of
food in accordance
with the trained
Assessment of the perceived quality of food
products using a Visual Analyzer
Edmund Mach Foundation (Italia)
is a prestigious institution which
over the years has achieved
international level delivering a
range of education, training and
technology transfer programs in
the fields of agriculture, food processing and sustainable
development. It gathers around 250 researchers.
Its Research and Innovation Centre carries out studies and
innovations in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, and
environment, with the aim to generate new sharing knowledge
and to contribute to economic growth, social development
and the overall improvement of the quality of life.
Within the Food Quality & Nutrition Department of the Research &
Innovation centre, a research group is dedicated to Sensory
Quality (
FEM Sensory Lab
). The mission of this group is to develop
and apply methodologies and innovative technologies to measure
the perceived quality of food in order to interpret and predict
consumer choices. As part of this mission, the Sensory Quality
group acquired an IRIS Visual Analyzer from Alpha MOS to
evaluate the visual aspect of several food products and relate it to
visual aspect of quality as perceived by consumers.
The instrument was used to assess
the color of Gala apples, whose
clones can show different visual
qualities. Gala apples can be
classified into 9 categories of color
ranking from “completely washed out” to “strongly striated”. The
striated clones are those preferred by retailer and appreciated by
Dr. Aprea, researcher within the Sensory Quality group, explains:
“The models obtained with IRIS Machine Vision could be applied
immediately for an objective evaluation of the remuneration of the
The Sensory Quality group
also used IRIS Visual
Analyzer to characterize the
color and visual aspect (size
and distribution of holes) of
various Montasio cheese
produced in the mountains.
The objective was to study
the influence of pasture and
feed supplement quantity
given to cows on the visual
quality of cheese.
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