Opinion on Ready Meals in United Kingdom

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Thresher Group: Blockbuster competition

Thresher Group is looking to become a one-stop shop for all that a consumer could want for a good night in. Alongside its alcoholic drinks range it is planning to offer indulgent meals as well as movies to rent. This move highlights a trend towards offering an occasion-specific proposition and the lucrative potential of targeting 'staying in'.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2003
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CommentWire

Bighams: full steam ahead

Bighams, the ready-to-cook specialist, has clearly recognized that consumers are increasingly unwilling to trade quality for convenience. Consumers' prepared meal requirements are now more sophisticated and providers must offer more than ease and speed of preparation.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2004
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CommentWire

Londis: a mutually beneficial arrangement

After months of agitated and often acrimonious deliberations, Londis shopkeepers have finally sold the chain to Musgrave for GBP60 million. The Irish group will be pleased to have won a slice of the lucrative convenience store sector, but to succeed in the long term it must look to take Londis upmarket.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2004
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CommentWire

Food technology: 21st century fat fighters

In an interview with the BBC, Dr Gary Frost of Hammersmith Hospital, London, suggested that the obesity crisis might be tackled by replacing unhealthy ingredients of processed foods with healthier substitutes. However, aside from the potential ethical and production issues surrounding such a scheme, tackling the root of the problem rather than the symptoms remains a far more appropriate method.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2005
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CommentWire

WM Morrison: time to shop around

WM Morrison's takeover of the Safeway chain in 2004 has proved more problematic than initially expected, raising concerns over the group's ability to integrate such a large acquisition. Finance director Martin Ackroyd is the victim of a boardroom shakeup that should see the supermarket group's management thrust into line with accepted corporate governance standards.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2005
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CommentWire

UK supermarkets: diversify or die?

In a new round of supermarket price cutting, Asda and Tesco have reduced prices by a total of GBP167 million. Both supermarkets, which together account for 46% of supermarket spending, are advancing their position and threatening the existence of smaller and less profitable rivals as a result.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2005
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CommentWire

Tesco: beware the Wal-Mart effect

Not content with pocketing one in every three pounds spent on groceries in the UK, the supermarket giant Tesco has now become the first British retailer to smash the GBP2 billion profit barrier. However, Tesco should beware the pitfalls of high street omnipotency - consumers' perception that it has grown too powerful could damage its image in future.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2005
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CommentWire

UK ready meals: chilling out

Chilled ready meals now account for over 50% of the average Briton's spend on prepared meals according to Datamonitor. This makes the UK the only country in Europe where spending on chilled prepared meals exceeds that on frozen meals. The growing popularity shows increasing consumer awareness of the health benefits of fresher food.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2005
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CommentWire

Forecourt retail: groceries are the staple diet

Northern Foods, one of the UK's largest food store suppliers, has found that consumers are reining back on their convenience spend. This has the potential to damage forecourt shop sales in the short term, meaning fuel retailers must ensure that grocery staples are not neglected in favor of premium products in a period of waning consumer spending.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2005
Expert View
Expert View

Brits step out of the kitchen

Britons are continuing to abandon traditional sit down family meals in favor of snacks. Rigid and structured mealtimes have become more informal, fragmented and less important than ever. However, even though consumers are increasing their snack consumption, choosing 'pit-stop' dining and eating on-the-go, health concerns are still weighing on their minds.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jun 2005

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