Latest Intelligence on Ready Meals in Europe

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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
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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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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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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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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
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Diet foods: may lack long-term appeal

A new study from Bristol University has found one reason why diet meals may not work, with results suggesting that consumers go off the taste of them over time. The findings highlight a need for producers of low-calorie foods to make their products as tasty and enjoyable as possible.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2010
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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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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

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