Representatives from Danone Nutricia Research visited Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd (Enterprises UP) to explore the capabilities of the Sensory Research Unit led by Professor Riëtte de Kock, who is an Associate Professor with the Food Science Department at the University of Pretoria. Nutricia Research is an international research and development company which focuses on the early life nutrition with a focus on research for infant nutrition through formula development.

The aim of the visit from the delegation was to investigate possible areas of research collaboration. Prof De Kock is a member of the European Sensory Network and currently serves as its research chair.

Danone Nutricia Research was presented with an overview of possible areas of collaboration including semiotics, ethnographic and cultural studies, consumer behaviour and market research, to name a few. The visit concluded with a campus tour to the Sensory Research Unit’s facilities, including the consumer testing laboratory that uses state-of-the-art Compusense sensory research software.

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Above: Prof Riëtte de Kock (Associate Professor: University of Pretoria), Mrs Moyosola Okoyé (Sensory Behaviour Science: African Group Leader), Mrs Nicole Schneid (Food Science Research and Development: Danone Nutricia Research), Mr Jaco Snyman (Business Manager: Enterprises UP).