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Which? Research Reveals Ready Meals With More Sugar Than A Chocolate Bar
New Which? research reveals the supermarket ready meals that are high in added sugar, with some containing 50g of sugar – your entire recommended daily allowance.
Which? looked at 17 ready meals and found: • Sainsbury’s Sweet and Sour with Chicken and Rice contained 50.7g of sugar, the equivalent of around 10 teaspoons per pack and almost double that of a standard size Dairy Milk chocolate bar which contains 25.5g of sugar. • Tesco Thai Chicken Pad Thai with Rice Noodles may seem a healthy option but contained 37.8g of sugar, which is more than a can of Coca-Cola • Tesco Everyday Value Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice was also high in sugar, containing 48.4g per pack. • Added sugar is the third or fourth ingredient in all of these meals and the main source of sugar.
Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said: “With rising obesity rates, it is shocking to find that ready meals contain more sugar than a chocolate bar. We want the Government to set clear targets for calorie reduction as part of the Responsibility Deal with food businesses.”
The latest Sandwich market data analysis from the British Sandwich Association shows a steadily improving trend in consumption and more clarity on demographics.
The data was announced at the launch of the new www.LoveSarnies.com Smartphone App at the Sandwich Designer of the Year Final.
How many sandwiches were sold in the UK? In the last year the sandwich market has seen sales of 3.5 billion sandwiches totalling £7.25 billion. The industry employs over 300,000 people in the UK alone.
Sandwich bars are the most popular outlet for commercially made sandwiches which is not surprising in and of itself. What is surprising is that just 32% of sandwiches are sold this way. Staff/work canteens etc. account for 13% if the market, coffee bars 11% and multiple supermarkets 10%.
How many each? Everyone buys sandwiches but there is a bias towards males (57%), upmarket shoppers (68% ABC1) and those of a working age (69.2% under 54). The average shopper buys just over 1 sandwich a week (55.1 per annum) – more in Scotland (60.4 per annum) and West Midlands (60.3).
In the South West the average consumer has just 32.4 sandwiches per year preferring other savoury snack such as pasties.
What goes with a sandwich? Over a third (36.1%) of sandwich trips also feature a hot beverage but a strong over-index for cakes and pastries (24.8%) gives an insight into wider eating habits. Just 3% of sandwich eaters snack on chocolate while a tiny 0.4% have sugary confectionary.
Favourite filling? 31% of sandwiches are made with chicken. A very versatile ingredient, this can be served many ways to suit plain or spicy pallets. Cheese (13%) and Ham (11%) are slowly gaining in popularity. Bacon sarnies may be a British classic but just 5% of commercially made sandwiches contain any.
On which bread? Some traditions do hold firm, and square sandwich bread is still out in front with 57% (mostly cut into triangles, of course). Rolls and baps have 24% of the market but growing in popularity are wraps with 5%.
Light bites. The sandwich industry uses 275,000 tons of bread annually that’s about 1,618 Blue Whales or 39,286 double decker busses. Square sandwich bread accounts for 57% of the market so at 10cm long and 25g in weight, if laid end to end would get to the moon and more than halfway back. So if the moon is made of cheese…
Bottom line. On average a sandwich will cost £2.07 and commercial sandwiches account for some 25% of the market. A sandwich enjoys 75.5% market penetration and just 2% of those sold came from the “Value” section.
Global Ready Meals market Forecast To Grow By Over 4%
The analysts forecast the Global Ready Meals market to grow at a CAGR of 4.69% over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the growing innovation in packaging. The Global Ready Meals market has also been witnessing the increasing concerns of health and wellness among consumers. However, the rising safety issues associated with ready meals could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.
The report, the Global Ready Meals Market 2013-2016, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, Europe, and the APAC and the MEA regions; it also covers the Global Ready Meals market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
The key vendors dominating this market space are Nestlé S.A., ConAgra Foods Inc., and H.J. Heinz Company.
Other vendors mentioned in the report are Advanced Fresh Concepts Corp., BRF S.A., Campbell Soup Company, Comptior Commercial Alimentaire, General Mills Inc., Grupo Herdez S.A.B. de CV, Grupo La Moderna S.A. de CV, Hormel Foods Corp., JBS S.A., Kerry Group plc, Kraft Foods Inc., Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Raynal et Roquelaure, Reser's Fine Foods Inc., Sigma Alimentos S.A.B de CV, Smithfield Foods Inc., The Findus Group, The Schwan Food Company, Tipiak SA, Tyson Foods Inc., Unilever Foodsolutions, and Unilever plc.
Key questions answered in this report:
- What will the market size be in 2016 and what will the growth rate be? - What are the key market trends? - What is driving this market? - What are the challenges to market growth? - Who are the key vendors in this market space? - What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors? - What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?
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02. Scope of the Report 02.1 Market Overview 02.2 Product Offerings
03. Market Research Methodology 03.1 Market Research Process 03.2 Research Design 03.3 Research Methodology
04. List of Abbreviations
06. Market Landscape 06.1 Market Overview 06.2 Market Size and Forecast 06.3 Five Forces Analysis
07. Market Segmentation by Product Category 07.1 Global Ready Meals Market by Product Category 2012-2016 07.2 Global Frozen Ready Meals Market 07.3 Global Chilled Ready Meals Market 07.4 Global Canned Ready Meals Market 07.5 Global Dried Ready Meals Market
08. Market Segmentation by Distribution Channel 08.1 Global Ready Meals Market by Distribution Channel 2012
09. Geographical Segmentation 09.1 Global Ready Meals Market by Geographical Segmentation 2012-2016 09.2 Ready Meals Market in the APAC Region 09.3 Ready Meals Market in Europe 09.4 Ready Meals Market in the Americas 09.5 Ready Meals Market in the MEA Region