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Marianne Swaney-Stueve

Marianne Swaney-Stueve

Marianne has been conducting sensory & consumer research for more than ten years in the food and fragrance industry. Marianne is an expert at testing products with kids, having developed methodologies unique for young consumers. She managed the Youth Research program at International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc, later transitioning to direct the global Sensory & Consumer Insights team. Most recently, Marianne was a Principal Consultant at InsightsNow.

Marianne promotes the benefits of sensory & consumer research to local businesses as well as to students that are considering different career opportunities. In addition to managing the Sensory & Consumer Research Center, she hosts training workshops for corporations, teaches doctoral students a capstone class to prepare them for industry, and works with local schools to educate high school students on the program.


  • Ph.D., Food Science/Sensory Evaluation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2001
  • M.S., Food Technology/Sensory Evaluation, University of California-Davis, 1999
  • B.S., Food Science/Sensory Evaluation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1993

Research Interests

Youth consumer testing - methodologies for improving testing with children, making them more comfortable and getting reliable data, studying impact of social media on testing with youth;
International collaboration - building connections with international partners to explore cross-cultural differences, comparing consumer research techniques in different cultures and identifying modifications for successful integration; and exploring and developing new methodologies for consumer research in both food and non-food products.

Current Scholarly Work/Publications

Swaney-Stueve, M. and H. Heymann. 2002. A comparison between paper and computerized ballots and a study of simulated substitution between the two ballots used in descriptive analysis. J Sensory Studies 17 (6): 527-538.

Dr. Swaney-Stueve can be reached at marianness@k-state.edu or

View her CV (pdf)