Probably the most
widely used online buyers guide for the UK convenience food industry
and its suppliers
Let your company shine out from the crowd
with a listing and press release package on the ReadyMealsinfo Buyers
HERE for details about promotion packages with ReadyMealsinfo
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Study Reveals Low-income Households Need To Spend A Third Of Weekly Income To Eat Healthily
Low income households in Northern Ireland need to spend at least one third of their take home income in order to purchase a basket of healthy food – according to a new study by the Food Standards Agency, safefood and the Consumer Council.
The cost of a healthy food basket for a pensioner living on their own is £59 per week, while for a family of four – two adults and two children - is £119 per week.
These are the main findings from Northern Ireland’s survey on the Cost of a Healthy Food Basket. The consumer-led research is the first time a cost has been put on a healthy food basket for two of the biggest household types in Northern Ireland
It asked consumers to select a realistic food basket from a taste and menu point of view, while also meeting the social needs of a household, such as hosting visitors or special occasions.
The food baskets were then reviewed by nutritionists from Ulster University to ensure they met nutritional guidelines of the UK Eatwell plate and were then price-checked accordingly.
Sharon Gilmore, Head of Standards and Dietary Health at the Food Standards Agency in NI, said: "Those people experiencing food poverty and having difficulty eating an adequate diet will continue to be the focus of our work.
"For the first time, we have sound evidence on the real cost of an essential food basket and how food issues relate to poverty and economic hardship. We need to take this evidence and develop an action plan to tackle food poverty in Northern Ireland."
Research Reveals Summer BBQs Responsible for Briton’s Weight Gain
New research by a money-saving website in the UK has found that two thirds of Britons put on more weight in summer than at any other time of year.
The main reason given for this was the increase in barbecue food eaten during the warmer months.
According to a new survey in the UK, two thirds (67%) of Britons put on more weight over the summer than during any other season, beating winter with Christmas and New Year festivities to the top spot. The average respondents revealed that they ate over 1,000 calories more at a barbecue than during a normal meal.
The study, conducted by www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, polled 2,196 adults from around the UK as part of ongoing research into the health and eating habits of British people. All respondents for the study were aged 18 and over.
Initially, all respondents were asked to identify when they noticed the most increase in their weight during the year, to which a majority of 67% confirmed they gained the most weight during the summer (from June – September).
Those who said that they gained weight over the summer months were asked to reveal the reasons why. The majority of respondents (58%) put this down to the amount of barbecue food they eat, whilst 34% said it was due to drinking more alcohol, such as cocktails and cider etc.
Wanting to delve a little deeper into the effects of the summer lifestyle, all respondents were asked to estimate how many calories, on average, they consume when eating a meal at a barbeque. The researchers calculated an average response of 1,775 calories per barbecue meal. By comparison, when asked how many calories they thought they consumed during an average meal, the answer was over 1000 calories less, standing at 650 calories.
Following on from this, respondents were asked to disclose which foods they ate most during barbecues, presented with a list and were asked to select all that applied to them. Results revealed the most popular barbeque foods as follows:
"I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a good barbecue. From hot dogs to cheeseburgers, traditional BBQ cuisine is one of the UK’s favourite summertime treats – and who can blame us!”
“It is important, however, to ensure that you exercise regularly and keep yourself active to avoid putting on extra weight during summer. BBQ foods aren’t exactly the healthiest, so people need to make sure that they keep themselves fit and have some salad on their plate along with all the burgers and sausages!”
Morrisons Returns To Growth And Lidl Reaches New Share High
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks ending 24 May, show continued slow growth in the supermarket sector with sales increasing by just 0.2% compared to a year ago.
Morrisons was the only one of the big four retailers to see increased sales in the latest period, although its market share remained unchanged at 10.9%.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Morrisons has returned to growth for the first time since December 2013 with a marginal sales increase of 0.1% – a welcome boost for new CEO David Potts. A committed core of loyal Morrisons consumers is responding positively to recent initiatives and business has been boosted by online sales. Morrisons’ performance is an improvement on what was a difficult May 2014, so this is only the first step in any future recovery.”
Sainsbury’s has also held its share at 16.5% despite sales falling by 0.3%. After an improved start to the year Tesco sales decreased by 1.3%, with its market share falling by 0.4 percentage points to 28.6%. Strong performance from the Tesco Express convenience stores and its online channel has not been enough to compensate for falling sales in the larger outlets. Asda sales were down by 2.4% with lower prices charged at the till not sufficiently offset by increased footfall.
Fraser McKevitt continues: “All of the major supermarkets are finding growth difficult as prices have been declining since September 2014. Yet while like-for-like groceries are 1.9% cheaper than this time last year this is not as steep a fall as last month, when prices were down by 2.1%. This means that if current trends continue, prices will once again start rising by the end of the year.”
Buoyed by a sales growth of 8.8% Lidl reached a new record high market share of 3.9%, up from 3.6% last year. Lidl’s growth has been fuelled by a combination of more consumers visiting the stores and the average basket containing more items, demonstrating a consumer willingness to move their bigger shopping trips to the so called ‘discounters’. Aldi also grew sales by 15.7%, taking share to 5.4% of the market.
As a result of sales growth of 1.6%, Waitrose has increased market share to 5.2%. This is helped by a regional bias towards southern Britain, where grocery sales are growing more quickly– particularly in London. Iceland also returned to growth for the first time in a year this period, increasing sales by 1.9%.