19 September 2018. AENOR and Gastro Quality have issued the first certificates of the stamp
Gastro Quality Taste, a stamp that measures the acceptance of a product by the final consumer. The first products to receive this recognition were:
- San Miguel Selecta Beer and San Miguel Manila produced by Mahou S.A.
- Bonilla a la vista olive oil crisps produced by Epagal S.L.
- Red traditional formula Zecchini Vermouth produced by Zecchini y Jornico S.L.
- Rosé wine from Old Vines produced by Herederos de Marqués de Riscal S.A.
- Greek-style yoghurt produced by El Pastoret de la Segarra
The certificates were presented by Juan Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Gastro Quality Taste, and Rafael García Meiro, AENOR's Chief Executive Officer, in a ceremony that also involved Rafael Ansón, President of the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy.
Via a methodology developed by AENOR, the Gastro Quality Taste stamp measures if a product is accepted to a high degree by consumers based on its organoleptic qualities (the taste, smell, texture, appearance and overall evaluation), i.e. if the majority of consumers like it and if they consider it to be a good buy. The high demands for certification guarantee the premium characteristics of products with the seal.
To obtain the stamp, products are subjected to an exhaustive diagnosis under the strictest sensory parameters in AENOR Laboratorio, through blind tastings of consumers, in which they analyse the different qualities of the products. After the statistical processing of the consumers' responses, the final results are obtained. The products must achieve the required scores to be covered under the stamp. The acquisition of the stamp means that the products are recognised as an option that has gained the positive opinion of consumers, on the basis of a neutral and rigorous methodology.
The diversity and different qualities of food products sometimes present the consumer with a dilemma when making a purchase. The great diversity in the supply and price of products in supermarket aisles is not a sufficient indicator to know whether the food or drink we buy will meet our expectations. The Gastro Quality Taste stamp helps consumers to make their choice.