Product analysis

Board games

Download the From farm to fork! and Food route board games.


PDF posters for use in the classroom.

Food cards

Sets of BNF Food Cards for pupils aged 5 to 16 years.

Are you drinking plenty?

Poster and teachers' guide.

Multi-purpose teaching resource

Supported with activity instructions and question cards.


mywellbeing teachers' guide

Exam specification grids

Links to resources which support GCSE D&T: food/Home Economics and National 4 and 5 Healthy and Food Technology in Scotland.

Love your lunch

Love your lunch - ideas and resources to support work around school lunch.

Worksheets (Primary and SEN)

Worksheets for use in school.


Resources using the computer.


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How to ...

How To explain how to perform a variety of specific tasks and tests.

Energy and nutrients case studies

Case studies on different aspects of energy and nutrients.

Experiment sheets

Ideas for experiments in the classroom.

Product analysis

Worksheets to help with product analysis.

Sensory evaluation

How to conduct different sensory evaluation tests.

Smart foods

Find out about smart foods.

What can you see?

A poster and teachers' activity notes.

Conditions of use

Copyright and conditions of use.

Product analysis is carried out to:

  • investigate how a product is made;
  • analyse the type and amount of ingredients used;
  • gain ideas for new product development;
  • compare differences between brands;
  • check that a product matches its specification.

Aspects of product analysis include:

  • Describing physical attributes, e.g. appearance and weight;
  • Recording cost;
  • Undertaking sensory evaluation tests, e.g. appearance, odour, taste and texture;
  • Performing nutritional analysis;
  • Investigating ingredients used, e.g. type, source, weight and percentage;
  • Researching preparation or manufacturing techniques;
  • Considering shelf-life issues;
  • Reviewing its target group;
  • Looking at packaging, e.g. type, function and material. 

Last reviewed: 28/11/2012
Next review date: 28/11/2015

Bento Box

This example looks at the ingredients used in a Japanese Bento box for lunch.


This example looks at the ingredients used in a meat and vegetable samosa. It shows one way in which pupils could analyse food products. This type of analysis is used to:

  • * investigate how a product is made;
  • * analyse what ingredients are used;
  • * check that the product matches its specification (recipe).

Ice Cream

This example looks at the ingredients used in an ice cream product. It examines the functional properties of each ingredient used.