Opinion on Ready Meals in United Kingdom

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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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BP forecourt concepts: food and drinks go healthy

UK oil major BP has re-launched its Wild Bean Cafe food and drink range. BP's move is in response to the evolving trends of consumers, who increasingly do not want to sacrifice health for convenience and indulgence. BP is attempting to adapt to these trends and, given the extent to which consumer tastes are changing, it is likely that more oil companies will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2007
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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CommentWire

Compass Group: in search of a new direction

In a recent trading update, Compass Group identified its UK state education division as its most challenging area of business. Like other school catering suppliers, the company has struggled to cope with the media-propelled outcry over the state of school meals. However, the group is reacting positively to the situation, and its sheer size should serve to protect against any lasting damage.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Apr 2006
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Expert View

Continental counterparts catching up with Britain's love of ethnic food

The traditionally British love affair with ethnic food is now spreading across Europe. Sales of packaged ethnic foods are predicted to hit E7 billion in Europe by 2009. In Spain, where gastronomic variety is a source of national pride, the value of packaged ethnic foods is expected to treble. This could mean that curry-loving Britain may soon be knocked off the top spot in the ethnic food stakes.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2005
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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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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
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Greggs: new initiatives to improve performance

Greggs has blamed its dip in profits on energy costs, but it is also facing problems from the shift in consumer tastes towards healthier options and increased competition on the high street from supermarkets and other takeaway outlets. The company has rolled out a number of initiatives to deal with this, but it will have to work hard to achieve the performance it has enjoyed in the past.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2006
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Jenny Craig: weight loss brand looks to gain a foothold in the UK market

Nestle is looking to establish its Jenny Craig brand in the UK market. Although the weight loss program addresses some still-important health concerns of UK consumers, it runs the risk of being seen as too expensive in the currently poor financial landscape. However, the brand still caters for important consumer trends and, with the backing of Nestle, it could see some success.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2010
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Kerry: riding the convenience wave

Despite the impact of unfavorable exchange rates and high energy costs, global food producer Kerry Group has announced another profits increase for the first half of 2005, citing the UK's unrelenting appetite for prepared meals as a key driving factor. A continued focus on healthy and convenient products will enable Kerry to prevail over tough operating conditions going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2005

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