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World cuisine in numbers for ready meals

Jan 31st, 2018

Traditional meals remain in the number 1 spot with English cuisine at 40% of the category value £1,363.5m.

High growth areas are Chinese, Indian and Thai up £33.3m (11.4%), £27.4m (6.8%) and £14.2m (31.7%) respectively.

Japanese, Vietnamese and Malaysian ready meals are showing strong growth figures at £51.8m (27.9%).

Our love of Eastern cuisine is showing no signs of slowing down, from authentic restaurants, street food and premium own brand ready meals.

Both brands and own label are now to be found in all premium frozen sections.

The rise in popularity of single dish cuisines and street food dishes is seeing emerging trends appear on the shelves.

Retailers aren’t undercutting established brands but are going for premium products with prices to reflect the exotic ingredients and npd investment.

Ready meals saw strong growth in the year across chilled and frozen categories, gaining £2.1bn and £30.4m respectively.

A bonus of new Asian dishes becoming mainstream is their healthy range of ingredients.

All this doesn’t mean the end of classic British and European cuisines, but greater consumer choice.

It’s going to be exciting 2018 for npd and retail.


World cuisine in numbers for ready meals

Jan 31st, 2018

7 things you probably didn’t know about St Dwynwen’s Day

Saint Dwynwen is Wales’ very own patron saint of love, and St Dwynwen’s Day is on January 25.

1. Dwynwen means “she who leads a blessed life”.

2. Santes Dwynwen set up a convent on Llanddwyn Island – just off the west coast of Anglesey – the remains of which can still be seen today, along with Dwynwen’s well.

It’s believed the well is home to sacred fish who can predict whether couples’ relationships will succeed; if the fish are seen to be active when visiting the well, it was seen as a sign of a faithful husband.

3. Besides from the well, there is also Crochan Llanddwyn, meaning Llanddwyn’s cauldron, which is a small wishing well that is located in a rabbit warren between Llanddwyn Island and Newborough. According to folklore, if the water of the well boils while visitors are present, love and good luck will follow.

4. A Welsh love spoon is traditionally given as a Santes Dwynwen’s day gift. In 2007, the world’s largest ever love spoon was carved and measures a whopping 44ft.

5. You can visit Santes Dwynwen’s church on the tiny island of Llanddwyn, off the west coast of Anglesey, but you’ll have to be quick; Llanddwyn is a tidal island, meaning it remains attached to the mainland at all but the highest tides.

6. Besides from being the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Santes Dwynwen is also considered the patroness of farmers’ beasts.

7. A group of Denbighshire farmers celebrated Santes Dwynwen’s Day back in 2007 by turning their milk bottles into makeshift lonely heart ads, attaching pictures of themselves to them with a message inviting people to ‘Fancy a Farmer’! It remains a mystery as to whether Santes Dwynwen’s magic was able to help these plucky farmers get a date.

Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day – food for thought

Jan 24th, 2018
  • Demand for quality Mexican dishes is stronger than ever
  • Look out for a British Yorkshire pudding burrito!
  • The world food category has shown another year of growth in value
  • Premium own label is now a dominant player
  • Thai cuisine has seen a 20% year on year growth in the UK
  • Top five world cuisines in order of value : English, Italian, Indian, Chinese & Spanish (total £1.7bn)
  • American foods are en vogue with healthy twists
  • Heat is hot! Think own label super hot vindaloo topped with chillies
  • Authentic sauces are essentials for low and slow briskets
  • Big and bold meat flavours need exotic condiments which have multi use as a sauce, marinade or a dip
  • Occasions require food indulgence, it’s not just Christmas where we experience luxury dining at home or in a restaurant
  • South American cuisine is big news, think dishes from Peru, Argentina and Brazil
  • The Far East dish is experience even greater  demand and diversity, look out for dishes from Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Healthy eating is never out of fashion or demand, a healthy dish with authenticity and flavour is a winner
  • Look for great protein to carb values, responsible sugar and fat levels and fewer unnecessary additives
  • 70% 0f consumers are making healthier eating and drinking decisions/choices
  • Free-from offers exceptional potential for new product development
  • Meal kits and recipe boxes are evolving

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We work alongside your chefs and food buyers to develop fresh, exciting new dishes, based on our research of global food trends and emerging cuisines.

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