Nowadays, consumers want products with genuine value-added. With the impact of a medal on the purchasing decisions of consumers being well established, the Fondation Rurale Interjurassienne has dreamt up an event specifically designed to highlight the various Swiss local and origin-linked food products available to consumers: the Concours Suisse des produits du terroir, or Swiss Local Food Products Competition. Such a competition aims to give visibility to the efforts of local producers, to showcase their work and their know-how, and to strengthen the existing link between production region and market. Medals are awarded by tables of judges (each consisting of a producer, a specialist and a consumer) which, after an individual evaluation, jointly discuss the final rating. This study aimed to understand the psychological factors influencing the final rating awarded by the jury. To this end, all of the individual evaluations of the jurors of the 972 products tasted during the 2015 competition were collected. The results did not demonstrate a power takeover by one type of juror during deliberations for the final rating. At the same time, a tendency to award more gold medals than the arithmetic mean would authorise (or warrant) was noted.
Plants and microorganisms can perceive and respond to sound waves. In a review of the literature, Agroscope analysed various publications on this topic. The studies show that sound can lead to positive effects on physiology in the form of improved growth, development and disease resistance.
The war in Ukraine, dry spells and droughts followed by heavy rainfall and flooding are major challenges for our food systems. But the problems that they bring to light are nothing new – and solutions are already to hand.
Biogenic amines in foods represent a health risk. Researchers from Agroscope and INRAE investigated the formation of these undesirable substances in raclette cheeses by the bacterium Morganella morganii.