GLOBAL: "Green" concerns drive NPD, says study
Food manufacturers are responding to consumer concern for the environment with a slew of "greener" products, according to industry analysts Datamonitor.
Locally-sourced ready meals, superfruits and probiotics are entering the mainstream, Datamonitor said in its Productscan review of new products.
Seattle-based Eat Local has launched a range of locally-sourced frozen prepared meals, including 40 items aimed at singles and families.
A second US firm, Kidfresh, has launched another type of ready meal in the US. Its range of ready meals for kids is designed to provide healthy meals for children with busy parents. The company has different meal options for different kids' ages, ranging from 0-12 months up to 6-10 years.
In the US, Wells' Dairy is latching onto the fad for superfruits with the launch of a range of low-fat yogurts. The Wells Blue Bunny Lite 85 Superfruit Yogurt is available in varieties such as White Cranberry Strawberry and Pomegranate Blueberry.
Meanwhile, in Japan, a novel food range for more senior consumers has been launched. QP Corp's functional pasta sauce is aimed at active seniors in their 50s and 60s, and contains cholesterol-reducing phytosterol. The company estimates that there are 35m people in the 50s to 60s age group in Japan, of which 70% are "active seniors".
Increasingly hectic lifestyles and cultural changes, such as more women joining the workforce, would be enough to sustain growth in the ready meals market but, writes Emily Woon of Euromonitor Interna...
After many years of bucking the downward trend in food retail sales, Japanese convenience stores have found themselves under increasing pressure over the past year or so. But, writes Michael Fitzpatri...
The growing ready meals market in France is seeing plenty of innovation, driven not least by a government strategy to encourage healthy eating. Peter Crosskey reports on recent developments....
For cultural reasons, the ready meals category remains virtually undeveloped in certain Asia Pacific countries, but elsewhere in the region sales are growing, spurred by changing lifestyles and retail...
UK food group Northern Foods has acquired Ethnic Cuisine, a Wales-based preparerd foods supplier specialising in Oriental products, for an undisclosed sum....
Northern Foods, the UK group behind brands including Goodfella's pizza and Fox's biscuits, has posted rising half-year profits, as growth from its chilled business cheered the group amid a period of r...
Growing sales and profits in Scandinavia has buoyed Finland-based food group Atria, the company said today (8 November)....
Iceland-based food group Bakkavor has pointed to the "toughest trading conditions in decades" after posting a 6% drop in quarterly profits....
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