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Product specification

A product specification is a blueprint to a product, listing all the information on how the product is built, what it should look like, and how it should perform. 

In the food industry, a product specification document describes all the requirements for developing a finished product (aka a menu item). Typically, it includes attributes and information like:

  • the product name and description;
  • shelf life;
  • weight;
  • ingredients;
  • allergens;
  • storage instructions;
  • sensory properties (color, smell, taste, texture)
  • nutritional values;
  • etc.

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