Blog: Chinese New Year – at Marks & Sparks?

Catherine Sleep | 22 January 2004

UK high street retailer Marks & Spencer is celebrating the 21st anniversary of the launch of its range of Chinese ready meals in 1983. That’s quite impressive actually – back then we Brits were still rather conservative about “foreign food” but the chain now sells more than 13 million Chinese meals a year.

We have also embraced Indian, Italian, Greek, and latterly Thai, Polish and even more exotic cuisines such as Lebanese or Vietnamese. Somewhere in there are the remnants of an English cuisine, but you’re hard pushed to find it represented on the high street, unless you count the ubiquitous greasy spoons with their fried breakfasts. Kind of sad but on the other hand it’s great to have such a choice these days.

And in the meantime, Happy New Year to all our Chinese readers.

M&S anniversary


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