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Pet Food News / Pet Food Palatability
On December 6, 2013

Diana Pet Food, Opertech Bio to collaborate on taste science research

Companies will use Opertech taste evaluation technology with rats as surrogate taste testers

Diana and Opertech Bio Inc. announced the companies entered into an agreement to collaborate in the area of taste science. The companies will use Opertech Bio's high-throughput taste evaluation technology known as the Microtiter Operant Gustometer (MOG) to evaluate the degree of relevance of using rats as surrogate taste testers.

"We are particularly glad to associate Opertech Bio to Diana taste research program. Within our Pet Food division, we develop sensorial solutions with high level of palatability, thus it is of particular interest that we evaluate taste components using the MOG. Getting quick sensorial answers with several species of animals will allow us to better evaluate the advantages and limits of using such methods, in comparison or complementarily to other methods in the area of molecular biology," said Isabelle Guiller, global research director for Diana Pet Food Division.

"We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Diana, an international leader in sensorial and nutritional performance and world leader in natural solutions for the food and pet food, nutraceuticals, aquafeed and cosmetics industries with deep sector knowledge and a global customer base. Diana represents a natural partner for us, providing strong technical synergies which will help us further advance our taste evaluation technology," stated Scott Horvitz, CEO of Opertech Bio.

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