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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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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
CommentWire
CommentWire

French ready meals: gourmet to go

The French are known for their gourmet cuisine, but Datamonitor's ConsumerGraphics database shows that the country's fastest growing food market is in prepared meals. France has not only caught up with the rest of Europe in terms of ready meal demand, but it is now seeing value growth in this category outstrip that of neighboring countries.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2005
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CommentWire

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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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
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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

McDonald's: mixed offerings key for future growth

Quick service king McDonald's this week announced the launch of two new products: a salad that comes with a fitness DVD, and a new 40% larger Big Mac. While the move apparently sees the burger giant adopting a paradoxical marketing strategy, McDonald's has the versatility to reach out into new markets while retaining its place on the fast-food throne.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2006
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CommentWire

McDonald's: new healthy menu revitalizes European sales

The world's largest restaurant chain, McDonald's [MCD], has announced a rise in sales indicating a revival of its fortunes in Europe. The chain experienced a range of bad publicity last year, culminating in the film Super Size Me. McDonald's has been diligent in its efforts to cater for changing consumer trends, but it needs to ensure this focus is sustained.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2005

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