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CommentWire
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Convenience foods: older consumers drive Europe's ready meal market

New research by Datamonitor has revealed that older consumers are driving the prepared meal market in Europe, consuming almost E3 million worth of ready meals, or over a quarter of the market. Furthermore, although frozen meals dominate many European ready meal markets, chilled meals are expected to grow in popularity.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

PepsiCo/Danone: a storm in a yogurt pot

Rumors of a bid by PepsiCo for Danone sent the French dairy firm's shares soaring, but led to an outcry among French politicians worried about the loss of a 'national champion'. PepsiCo's insistence that no offer was planned suggests these fears were exaggerated this time round. However, the row will likely deter foreign suitors from bidding for Danone in future.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jul 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Tesco: cashing in at the pump

With Tesco's entrance into the Czech fuel retailing market looming, oil majors must evaluate the quality of their forecourt offerings even if they are unable to compete on price. However, as other markets have shown, if the big oil players cannot beat the likes of Tesco, the best option may be to join them.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Functional drinks: nutraceuticals keep the French market moving

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

PepsiCo: hot breakfasts equal healthy outlook

At a time when UK consumers are skipping breakfast more frequently than ever, it is important to develop compelling 'on-trend' products capitalizing on need-based trends such as health. In addition, channeling health-focused innovation towards morning occasions will be increasingly important in targeting the 'debits and credits' consumer.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
Expert View
Expert View

Forecourt shops are becoming the ideal vehicle for a night in

Consumers are increasingly choosing a night at home with a meal and a good wine over the overpriced and low-quality vino often offered at restaurants. They would rather remain in the comfort of their own living room than deal with the noise and push and shove of a crowded pub. Either way you cut it, consumption of alcohol at home is on the increase - good news for licensed forecourt retailers.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Sep 2005
Expert View
Expert View

The bakery empire strikes back

As the ink dries on Atkins Nutritionals' bankruptcy filing, food manufacturers are hopeful that this could signal the end to the low-carb diet craze that once threatened the bakery industry. Furthermore, new research shows that, despite such concerns, US and European bakery and cereals markets are recording encouraging growth, thanks to functional and health-focused bakery product launches.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Asda: shaking the salt habit

UK supermarket chain Asda is to cut salt from all its private label canned vegetables by the end of July 2006. Though the move is a reaction to widespread concern about excessive salt consumption, Asda should reap the benefits of being the first retailer to take this step. It may also help to counter consumer perceptions that canned food inherently lacks the health attributes of fresh.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Sep 2005
Expert View
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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