Sensory panel performance is an important area for those working and using objective sensory evaluation (engaging screened and/or trained panellists to discriminate between and/or describe products or experiences). Carol has written two chapters about sensory panel performance for new textbooks. 'Sensory panel performance measures’ in ‘Sensory Panel Management’ which was published at the end of 2017, and ‘Panel Quality Management: Performance, Monitoring and Proficiency’ (co-authored with Lauren Rogers) in ‘Descriptive Analysis in Sensory Evaluation', which was published in March 2018.
In 2019 Carol received a Diploma in Food Journalism from the College of Media and Publishing. During the remote learning course, she wrote several articles touching on diverse areas such as the Hawaiian food trend to plastic straws. ‘How lunch can fuel your company culture’ was published in ‘Management Today’ and provides food for thought about how what management provide their staff in terms of food and drink and catering options reflects on how employees are valued. ‘How far can we go with fibre’ was published by Carol Raithatha Limited and discusses developments in the use of fibre in unanticipated areas of food and drink formulation.
In July/August 2019 Carol attended the 13th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium held in Edinburgh. The theme of ‘Engage with the Future’ meant there were many interesting and informative presentations, activities and suppliers offering new concepts, methods, and tools to consider for making sensory and consumer science more effective, insightful and efficient. Carol was the co-organiser of a the ‘Sensing Future Packaging’ workshop which was sponsored by the Institute of Food Science and Technology Sensory Science Group and the Society of Chemical Industry Food Group.